Kisatchie News


Monday, Sept. 25

Louisiana outdoorsmen, small and large, celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 23. The La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries partners with sponsors from the local community to put on the event every year. The event introduces children to hunting, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities.

The gates opened at 8 a.m. and the first 1,500 kids got free T-shirts. Children fished for catfish or bass and got to keep anything that they caught. At 8:30 a.m., LDWF had opening ceremonies which consisted of a welcome speech and the National Anthem.

Multiple demonstrations followed including an alligator skinning, retriever and a deer camping demonstrations. There were multiple door prizes including eight lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, Rat-L-Traps donated by Bill Lewis Lures and other prizes. Other activities included an air rifle trail, archery, ATV safety, crossbow shooting, fly fishing, muzzleloaders, air boats and casting demos.

Children learned about and even saw wildlife creatures like baby alligators, native snakes, fresh and saltwater fish and frogs. There was also a mobile aquarium, wildlife face painting, an ag and forestry exhibit and a Kisatchie Forest information booth. Children built pinecone bird feeders and tied knots, and learned what bait to use during the Tackle Box Talk. It was a great day for the kids and adults. There was so much to do and everything was so educational. There were many volunteers who made this event possible. They donated their time, energy, and expertise to come out and share their outdoor knowledge and skills with the next generation of outdoorsmen in a safe environment. For the last time, Kisatchie will take public comments Friday, Sept. 29 concerning the recreation fees. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees including the Cane Camp, Corral Camp and Lotus Camp. These camps are currently $3 for a one day/night pass and the proposed price would be $10. The forest will present the fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee and the Regional Forester will make a decision on the proposals.

For more information or to provide comments about this fee proposal for the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to consider, contact Stacy Blomquist, Public Affairs Specialist, at 318-473-7242, or by email at

I hope everybody is having a great week. If you live, work, or explore in Kisatchie, make sure to contact me so I can showcase your adventures.