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

Published 3:04 pm Monday, June 13, 2022

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.