For now, the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area is closed, which means the gate at old U.S. 11 is locked and access is blocked into the WMA and the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closes the WMA when the Pearl River hits the 16.5-foot mark on the Pearl River gauge. That level was reached this week. Monday’s heavy rains kept water levels high, but predictions call for the river to drop below the 16.5 reading in the next several days and the gate will be reopened, but there will be vast acres of standing water.

Lotsa guns

Friday’s area Ducks Unlimited chapters’ Gun Bash Giveaway is set for Cabela’s in Gonzales, and a $20 ticket gives the holder a chance to win any of 60 weapons in this once-a-year event.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the gun winners will be drawn at Cabela’s from 6-8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. DU’s Zac Brown said anyone buying five tickets will be entered into a Cabela’s-sponsored UTV raffle. Winners need not be present.

Bodcau range reopens

For shooters heading into the northwestern parishes, the LDWF announced this week the reopening of the Bodcau WMA shooting range that’s been closed for upgrades and improvements since December.

The no-fee range now allows rifle and handgun target placement at 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges. The shotgun field has manual skeet-target throwers, and new stationary targets have been set on the archery range.

Range hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

The range is 30 miles northeast of Shreveport (Bossier/Webster parishes) at 168 Ben Durden Road in Haughton.