Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge consists of extensive bottomland hardwood forests intermingled with sloughs, swamps and lakes that support a tremendous diversity of wildlife. The refuge has 77,868 acres open to hunting, with white-tailed deer and squirrel hunting being the most popular species hunted. Because of bottomland clay soils and quality habitat, the refuge is known in the state for producing quality bucks and high success rates for deer hunting. Before the area became a refuge, hunting camps were scattered across the land. Hunters have the option of hunting during the open archery and primitive weapon seasons or quota modern firearm hunts. Other opportunities exist for hunting migratory and non-migratory birds, including waterfowl, woodcock and turkeys. The refuge recently aligned turkey and raccoon hunting season with the adjacent state wildlife management area wildlife management area
For practical purposes, a wildlife management area is synonymous with a national wildlife refuge or a game preserve. There are nine wildlife management areas and one game preserve in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Learn more about wildlife management area , which results in expanded opportunities for raccoon hunting. Hunters can access the refuge from more than 75 miles of roads, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails and several boat ramps.
LDWF Adds CWD Testing Drop-off Location in Tensas River NWR (November 16, 2022)
A total of 7 CWD drop-off locations are located in Franklin, Madison, and Tensas Parishes this season. See the URL Link below: