Modern Firearms Deer Hunters Take to Woods

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The Thanksgiving holidays have passed, and the hectic Christmas shopping season has begun. But for Louisiana deer hunters, a more important season began on December 6. Saturday marked the opening of modern firearms dog hunting season for four of the state's eight deer hunting regions. Regions 1, 2, 6, and 8 will open for deer hunting with or without dogs. Region 7's season opened on December 1.

While all eight regions opened to modern firearms without dogs (or "still hunting") in October or November, this is the last remaining variation of the deer season to open. It is important to remember, however, that in Regions 3, 4, and 5, dog hunting is not allowed. Region 3 covers most of the southwest corner of the state, while Regions 4 and 5 are small areas in the northeast.

Hunters stalking their prey on one of the state's wildlife management areas need to verify the season dates for their particular area. Some WMAs have individual season dates and regulations.

The cool air that has come to the state will attract many hunters to the woods this month. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind all hunters of the regulations that are in place to help conserve the state's valuable resources and to protect its hunters. Anyone with questions regarding season dates, limits or regulations should check the 2003-2004 Louisiana Hunting Seasons and Wildlife Management Area Regulations pamphlet produced by the department. It may be found at any license vendor or by contacting the department. It is also available for downloading from the LDWF website, www.wlf.state.la.us, under "Departmental Publications."