Changes Made to 2004-05 Hunting Seasons Proposals

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted at their June 8 meeting to make a few more final adjustments to the 2004-05 Louisiana Hunting Seasons proposal. The notice of intent, which outlines all of the season dates, is scheduled to be ratified by the commission at their July 1 meeting.

Jimmy Anthony, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, presented the commission with items that he referred to as "housekeeping items" that needed to be addressed because of prior changes made by the commission. The first item referred to a move that was made to extend squirrel hunting with dogs to February 28. The commission amended the notice to extend the squirrel season on the 24 wildlife management areas that allow squirrel hunting with dogs.

The commission also set the hunting seasons for Jean Lafitte National Park because it had been inadvertently left out of the original notice. The seasons were set as follows: Archery, either sex, Oct. 23 to Nov. 24 and December 4 to 5; Archery, antlered only, Nov. 25 to Dec. 3l, Dec. 6 to 19 and Jan. 1 to 16; Shotgun, either sex, Nov. 23 to 24 and Dec. 4 to 5; Shotgun, antlered only, Nov. 25 to Dec. 3, Dec. 6 to 19, and Jan. 1 to 16; Small game, Oct. 25 to Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 to 16; Trapping, Nov. 22 to Mar. 31, 2005. Stands are to be removed from the park by 5:00 p.m. January 30, 2005.

Adjustments were also made to the Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge. The archery dates were changed to November 13 through January 2 and January 17 through February 15. The muzzleloader season was also changed to Dec. 11-12, January 8-9 and January 15-16.