Alternative Deer Hunt Days announced

Published 8:59 am Saturday, January 7, 2023

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PEARL RIVER — When the Pearl River exceeded 15.5 feet on December 22, 2022, recreational activities at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (refuge) including hunting and camping were closed.  This reduced the refuge deer gun hunt by four days. To allow for additional hunting opportunities, four additional either-sex deer gun hunt days will be offered on January 13-16, 2023.

Additional rainfall can still close this opportunity if the Pearl River exceeds 15.5 feet on the gauge at Pearl River.  Please monitor the refuge website and Pearl River gauge level for additional updates.  River levels on the Pearl River can be checked through the National Weather Service office in Slidell, LA at 985-649-0357, select option 1, then option 3, then 2 or at

For more information, please visit the refuge web site or contact the refuge headquarters at 985-882-2000.