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Tunica Hills WMA

wildlife-management-area-louisiana-logoTunica Hills Wildlife Management Area is composed of two separate tracts lying northwest of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish. The Angola Tract (2,345 acres) lies immediately adjacent to the Louisiana State Penitentiary. This tract is located 14.3 miles west on LA Hwy 66 from LA Hwy 61, the Farrar-Davis Road turns off to the right, and a check station is located 3 miles to the north. The South Tract (3,560 acres) may be accessed by driving 17.3 miles west on Hwy 66 from Hwy 61. A small road, the Old Tunica Trace will turn off to the left, run approximately a mile up in the hills and bisect the management area. The Old Tunica Trace is a portion of the scenic Natchez Trace System and has been used for travel since colonial times.

Tunica Hills WMA encompasses some 5,905 acres and is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Terrain on the area is typified by rugged hills, bluffs and ravines. The area lies at the southern end of the Loess Blufflands escarpment that follows the east bank of the Mississippi River south from its confluence with the Ohio River. These bluff lands offer a diverse habitat that supports some species of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Louisiana.

The forest type on the area is classified as upland hardwood, with some loblolly pine and eastern red cedar mixed in on the ridge tops and creek terraces. Hardwoods consist of American beech, American holly, flowering magnolia, cherrybark oak, water oak, cow oak, hickory, sweetgum, Osage orange, hackberry, elms, eastern hophornbeam, ironwood, maple and other less predominant species. The understory varies from dense in logged areas to fairly open in uncut timber areas. Common understory species are oak leaf hydrangia, two-winged silverbell, trifoliate orange, pawpaw, flowering dogwood, sweetleaf, spicebush, blackberry and switchcane. At least 20 species of plants classified as rare in Louisiana are found on this area. Two of these species have not been found to occur anywhere else in Louisiana.

Tuncia Hills WMA is open to a variety of outdoor recreational activities including: hunting, trapping, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, sightseeing, photography and scientific study. A nature trail and 3 hiking trails are present. Game hunting is allowed at specified times for deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. Trapping is allowed for coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum. Eastern chipmonks are common on the area. Infrequently, black bear tracks are observed. The area supports healthy populations of canebreak rattlesnakes and copperheads. Nesting and migrant bird species are abundant on the area including several that are rare elsewhere in the state, such as the worm-eating warbler and the Coopers hawk.

Camping is not allowed on the WMA. Access to both tracts is provided by a series of trails. All-Terrain-Vehicles are allowed on designated trails from September 1 through February 28. The Angola Tract is closed to the general public March 1 – August 31, for Prison security reasons.

Additional information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Phone (225) 765-2360.

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