It seems strange to me, but I guess it shouldn't, that carrying in a Louisiana WMA is barred unless you are doing so when a particular season is open, and with a weapon that fits the method of harvest for the particular species that is legally huntable in that WMA at that time. Obviously, then, "carry" is legal only inasmuch as if you are "hunting", and then you'd have to have the many appropriate hunting licenses/permits/stamps and the "WMA Permit"; an FBI fingerprint card; your birth certificate, driver's license, library card, voter registration card, passport; four (4) DNA samples, in the form of an underarm hair (plucked, not shorn!), a buccal swab, a vial of blood, and a microscope slide of the produce of a gut-wrenching finger wave of Dr. Bigfinger; and, finally and most importantly, a signed note from your momma. So, I guess you could pretty much say that any "carry" in a WMA is illegal, whereas certain hunting is allowed at certain times.
I read somewhere very recently, damned if I can recall where, that weapons "were at one time allowed on WMAs", and the context was regarding boats in waterways of these WMAs. However, it went on to say that "alligators kept turning up dead after weekends of heavy fishing", or some other such crap insinuating that anyone who would carry a weapon in their boat would shoot indiscriminately at anything that moves.
The way I see it, the only "reason", and not much of one at that, that can be even remotely defended for this carry ban would be in the form of claims to prevent the illegal taking of game. This would be, of course, another example of an attempt to regulate and control lawbreakers through onerous and draconian restrictions on law abiding citizens. I mean, that's akin to saying that people could not stop themselves from killing anything they see, any time they see it, if they have the means available to them to do so.
We see and hear time after time after time BS regarding OC, such as "such-'n'-such is NOT the place to [OC]", that OCing "near women/children/[insert your favorite demographic profile here] is out of place in "public", and so on, basically inferring that anywhere there's concrete there should be no guns in the hands of John Q. Citizen.
Having been drawn for the opening weekend of turkey season at Tunica WMA, and never having even been on a WMA before much less hunted on one, I was bouncing around the 'Net reading about WMAs, etc., when I stumbled upon the foregoing referenced commentary. And, it hit me that I couldn't legally scout there prior to the season opening unless I did so unarmed. Makes no sense, but then again, very, VERY few anti-carry law/rules/regs even remotely do, if any. I legally OC in many places that would seem grossly unfit to your typical anti-gun moron, yet I can't legally OC in an absolutely unpopulated area that looks like the backdrop for Deliverance
, and that produces canebrake rattlesnakes as long as the coffin they can put you in.
There should be some provision for at least
handgun carry in WMAs. Better would be no bar to any sort of carry, but I'd take the former over nothing, for sure. It seems counterintuitive to me that I can leave the house strapped, drive off, stop at the corner Stop-N-Rob for a Coke and then Wal-Mart for a box of ammo, and upon arriving at my destination in the Tunica hills, I'd have to remove my weapon before walking off into the woods...and that's even if I heard the progressively accelerating twang of Dueling Banjos
wafting out of said woods.