Commission Ratifies Hunting Season Dates and Regulations
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted unanimously at their July 1 meeting to ratify the proposed hunting season dates, limits and regulations. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries brought the original notice of intent to the commission in March. The commission over the last three months adjusted the notice, and the amended notice was ratified and will be enforced by the department for the upcoming season.
Before the final vote for ratification, the commission acted to extend most of the seasons by adding days to the closing dates. The commission noted that they wanted to offer the hunting public more opportunities to participate.
The area dates ratified by the commission are as follows:
Area 1: Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31; Muzzleloader, Nov. 13-19 and Jan. 24-30; Still Hunt, Nov. 20-Dec. 3 and Jan. 10-23; With or Without Dogs, Dec. 4-Jan. 9
Area 2: Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31; Muzzleloader, Oct. 23-29 and Jan. 17-23; Still Hunt, Oct. 30-Dec. 3; With or Without Dogs, Dec. 4-Jan. 16
Area 3: Archery, Sept. 18-Jan. 15; Muzzleloader, Oct. 9-15 and Nov. 29-Dec. 3; Still Hunt, Oct. 16-Nov. 28 and Dec. 4-Jan. 9
Area 4: Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31; Muzzleloader, Nov. 6-12 and Jan. 10-19; Still Hunt, Nov. 13-Jan. 9
Area 5: Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31; Muzzleloader, Nov. 13-19 and Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Bucks only; Still Hunt, Nov. 26-Dec. 12
Area 6: Archery, Oct. 16-Feb. 15 North of Hwy. 90 and Oct. 1-Jan. 31 South of Hwy. 90; Muzzleloader, Oct. 30-Nov. 5 and Jan. 24-31; Still Hunt, Nov. 6-Dec. 10; With or Without Dogs, Dec. 11-Jan. 23
Area 7: Archery, Oct. 1-Jan. 31; Muzzleloader, Oct. 9-15 and Nov. 6-12; Still Hunt, Oct. 16-Nov. 5 and Nov. 13-Nov. 28; With or Without Dogs, Nov. 29-Jan. 2
Area 8: Archery, Sept. 18-Jan. 15, Muzzleloader, Oct. 9-15 and Nov. 29-Dec. 3; Still Hunt, Oct. 16-Nov. 28; With or Without Dogs, Dec. 4-Jan. 9
The dates for the individual LDWF wildlife management areas and the Kisatchie National Forest, which may differ from the above list, were also ratified by the commission.
The commission also addressed migratory bird seasons. Early Season Migratory Bird (doves, teal, rail, gallinule, snipe and woodcock) hunting season frameworks were provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the commission adopted dates within the frameworks.
The dates are: Mourning doves and Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, September 4-6, October 16-November 28 and December 18-January 9; Woodcock, December 18-January 31; Teal, September 18-26; King and Clapper Rails, September 18-26; Sora and Virginia Rails, September 18-26; and Gallinules, September 18-26. The dates for snipe hunting will be set in conjunction with the waterfowl hunting season dates at a later time.
A complete list of hunting season dates, limits and regulations will be published by the department and made available to the public in the coming weeks. This information will be available at LDWF offices, license vendors and on-line at the department website. The public will be notified when the documents are available.