Louisiana W.F.C. Adopts Notices of Intent For 2012-14 Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and W.M.A. Rules

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2013-14 hunting season and the 2012-13 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) General Rules and Regulations at their Feb. 2 meeting.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming fall hunting season and provide for a public comment period.

Some of the proposed changes include:

*Continuing restricted deer harvest for 2012-13 within Area 6, specifically on land within the Morganza Floodway from I-10 south.

*Modifying the deer season bag limit, beginning with the 2013/14 deer season, to allow for a hunter’s choice option: season limit will still be 6 deer per year, but hunter would have option to harvest as many as 4 antlerless deer.

*Amending the Primitive Firearm language by removing the pre-1900 designation to allow for additional types of firearms.  Additionally, specify that only Commission approved calibers will be allowed.

*Allow the use of air rifles for the take of squirrels, rabbits and outlaw quadrupeds.

*Allowing youths 17 or younger to use any legal weapon during the primitive firearm season on WMAs.  This would align WMAs with the change made during the 2011-12 hunting season on private lands.

*Providing additional opportunity to take feral hogs on Atchafalaya Delta, Pointe-aux-Chenes, Salvador and Pass-a-Loutre WMAs.  Additional opportunities to recreationally take nutria will be provided from Sept. 1 to March 31. 

*Maintaining the deer season on Attakapas WMA established by Declaration of Emergency for the 2011-12 hunting season.

*Plus modifications to hunting season dates per species and regulations on select WMAs to provide additional opportunities. 

*A nine-day “with or without dogs” deer season on Kisatchie National Forest, December 15 to 23, 2012, bucks only.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from March through May and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 3, or by email to rmyers@wlf.la.govthrough that same date.

The public meeting schedule for the proposed hunting season dates, general hunting regulations and WMA regulations is as follows:

March 13 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.

March 13 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.

March 14 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas 

March 15 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.

March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

March 21 at 6 p.m., St. John Parish Council Chambers, 1801 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace

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