Antler Restriction Proposed

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has included an experimental deer season with antler restrictions in their proposal for the 2002/03 Hunting Season Dates and Regulations. The experimental season will be in effect for the parishes of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge only. The restrictions will not apply to that portion of Iberville Parish east of the Mississippi River, the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex, and those private lands owned by Adams and Summers, which are totally surrounded by the Sherburne complex.

It is proposed that during the 2002/03 deer hunting season, in the lands described above, only bucks with six or more points, or spikes having both spikes three inches or less, would be considered legal bucks. An exception would be made for the Special Youth Deer Hunt (either sex) November 9-10, when any buck would be legal. A legal "point" is a projection that is at least one inch long, and the length is longer than the width. The beam tip counts as a legal point.

Violation of any of the provisions of the rules and regulations of this experimental season would be a Class Two violation. The fine for a first offense of a Class Two violation is a fine of up to $350, up to 60 days in jail, or both.

This experimental season is part of the proposal that the commission will vote to ratify at their July meeting. Public comment is still being accepted. Pictures of legal and illegal deer, as well as point measuring, are available in the News and Events section of the LDWF website (http://www.wlf.state.la.us).