WMA Access Permit and Self-Clearing Permits Required on LDWF Shooting Ranges

Published 3:04 pm Monday, June 13, 2022

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind all visitors to LDWF shooting ranges and education facilities that they must possess one of the following:

  • WMA access permit
  • Sportsman’s Paradise license
  • Lifetime hunting or fishing license
  • Senior License
  • Any license that confers the equivalent of a WMA Access permit

Anyone 17 years old and younger is exempt from this requirement.

Self-Clearing Permit

LDWF shooting range and education facility visitors will be required to comply with self-clearing permit guidelines beginning July 1. There are three methods for checking in and out of LDWF administered lands and facilities. The most convenient methods are via the Self-Clearing app and Web Portal.

  • Self-Clearing Permit app via mobile device

To download the app, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/wmas-refuges-and-conservation-areas. The app is available on both Android and Apple platforms.  This application features a conveniently organized drop-down interface for use when visiting the WMA or Refuge. To see a video demonstration of how to use the app, go to https://youtu.be/D9W9xeWG6jM.

  • Web Portal: via computer or mobile device:

To use the web portal, go to http://wmacheckincheckout.wlf.la.gov/

If you don’t have an account, click ‘Need to Create an Account’, complete the form, and login. Once logged in, click ‘Create New Check-In.’ When leaving the refuge, don’t forget to revisit this page, click ‘Check Out’, and add any activities you engaged in during your visit.

  • Physical self-clearing permit station

Physical self-clearing permits will be available at the ranges and facilities.

The LDWF would like to remind all WMA, refuge, and Conservation Area users that WMA Access permits and self-clearing permits are required.