Louisiana Amends Deer-Dog Season

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), upon request of the US Forest Service, approved a declaration of emergency at their July 2 meeting to eliminate the need for a special permit to hunt with dogs on Kisatchie National Forest, and the requirement that hunters use electronic tracking collars and other forms of identification on their dogs.

The declaration of emergency also changes the opening date of primitive weapon season to coincide with the Area 2 deer season.

The deer season with or without dogs will remain Dec. 19-24 and Dec. 26-27, as previously approved.

By further action, the commission approved a notice of intent to make permanent the actions taken by declaration of emergency.

Public comment on the notice of intent will be taken until November 4, 2009. Written comments may be sent to Randy Myers , Wildlife Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at rmyers@wlf.la.gov or 225/765-2359.