Hunting

LWFC Amends Light and White-Fronted Geese Hunting Season in NOI for 2019-20 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 03/11/2019

March 11, 2019 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted Thursday (March 7) to amend light geese and white-fronted geese hunting season in the proposed notice of intent for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting in Woodworth.
 
The commission voted to decrease the number of available hunting days from 88 to 74 and increase the daily bag limit of white-fronted geese from two to three. The daily bag limit for light geese, which includes snow, blue and Ross geese, remains at 20.
 
The first season split will begin Nov. 16, 2019, and run through Dec. 8, 2019, with the second season split set to begin Dec. 14, 2019, running through Feb. 2, 2020. These seasons will be in effect in both the north and south zones.
 
The Conservation Order for light geese will run from Dec. 9-13, 2019, for the first split then Feb. 3-March 15, 2020. There is no daily bag or possession limit during the Conservation Order.
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Announces 2020 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition With Ring-Necked Duck as The Featured Species

Release Date: 02/22/2019

2019 Louisiana Duck Stamp

Feb. 22, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2020 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition. Ring-necked duck will be the featured species in this year’s competition.
 
Also known as blackjacks or ringbills, ring-necked ducks are small to medium-sized diving ducks that are wintering in increasing numbers across Louisiana’s wetland habitats. Large numbers are seen in mostly freshwater coastal wetlands, Catahoula Lake and reservoirs and swamp habitat across north Louisiana.
 
Louisiana hunters harvested an average of 73,000 ring-necked ducks per season through the last 10 years, the seventh most abundant species in the state’s overall bag and often more than any other state in the Mississippi Flyway. The sound of wind rushing through the wings of a decoying flock of ring-necks is an exciting part of Louisiana’s duck hunting experience.
 
The 2019 contest was restricted to designs featuring northern shovelers. Winner Guy Crittenden’s striking painting of a late-season pair flying across a classic wetland scene continued a long tradition of excellent stamp designs. The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp bearing that design will go on sale June 1. 
 
The 2020 contest will be restricted to designs with ring-necked duck as the focal species. Artists are also reminded of the requirement for associated habitat. 
 
“The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager Larry Reynolds. “So a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.” 
 
To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. Entries shall be addressed to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
 
Entries will be accepted from Oct. 14 through Oct. 22, 2019 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building in Baton Rouge starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2019. The public is invited to attend.
 
To fill out the 2020 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/LADUCKSTAMP2020 .
 
Please note additional guidelines in the rules regarding shipping of paintings.  Additional guidelines for shipping the artwork have been incorporated in the rules for the 2020 contest, as LDWF wants to minimize risk of damage during shipping.
 
The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988. The program was created to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana. Since 1989, more than $14 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $6 million spent on land acquisition.
 
In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.
 
Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:
 

  1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
    2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
    3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
    4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
    5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

 
A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Seeking Private Landowners and Farmers to Lease Land for Dove Season’s Opening Day

Release Date: 02/21/2019

Participants in a dove hunt.
Field prepared for dove hunting.
LDWF is looking to increase opportunity for the state's dove hunters.
Mourning dove.

Feb. 21, 2019 - The first Saturday in September holds a special place on Louisiana’s hunters’ calendars. It marks the beginning of dove season, the first species that hunters can target as summer turns to fall.
 
The opening day of dove season is always busy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to make it even better for the state’s dove hunters. That’s why LDWF is seeking private landowners and farmers from throughout the state who would lease their land on opening day for dove hunting. The beginning of dove season in 2019 will be Sept. 7.
 
LDWF handles all the details, including having personnel on hand the day of the hunt to issue permits to hunters and directing them on where they can and can’t go. The landowner leases the field to LDWF for one day.
 
“On some of our wildlife management areas across the state we plant dove fields and they’re very popular on opening weekend,’’ said Dr. Jeffrey Duguay, the LDWF’s Research and Survey Program Manager. “But we’re limited on how many fields we have and demand is greater than supply on that day. So we’d like to enlist more private landowners and farmers from throughout the state to increase opportunity for dove hunters. Our staff takes care of all the logistics for that day.’’
 
LDWF pays based on the size of the field. The payment schedule ranges from $950 to $2,500, based on the acreage of the field being leased for the day. The minimum acreage required for leasing is 50 acres.
 
LDWF also offers assistance to private landowners and farmers with wildlife management activities through its Private Lands Technical Assistance Program. Biologists are able to assist landowners with dove field establishment as well as a wide variety of other wildlife management practices.
 
For more information on the dove field leasing program, contact Dr. Duguay at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353. For more information on the Private Lands Technical  Assistance Program go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/assistance-private-landowners-and-m .
 

LDWF Public Meetings to Begin Monday on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/20/2019

Feb. 20, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state beginning Monday to present and gather comments on the proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons, 2019-2020 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration, including the Notice of Intent adopted at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and amendments to the Notice of Intent tentatively adopted at the February meeting. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and amendments for all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

LDWF Public Meetings to Begin Feb. 25 on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Feb. 13, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons, 2019-2020 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration, including the Notice of Intent adopted at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and amendments to the Notice of Intent tentatively adopted at the February meeting. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and amendments for all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

LWFC Amends Proposed Notice of Intent for 2019-20 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Feb. 11, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (Feb. 7) to make several amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
Among them, the commission voted to return the daily bag limit of teal back to six for the early teal season in September.
 
It also voted to amend the rules regarding nighttime take of nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds from the last day of February until the last day of August in the same year, maintaining the requirement for a permit.
 
The commission also clarified language in the cervid carcass importation regulation, which will prohibit transport of any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating from Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes to any other part of the state, unless it is transported in the manner prescribed in the state cervid carcass importation ban. 
 
Finally, the commission voted to standardize limited access area rules (LAAs) and regulations for all WMAs. This amendment results in the allowance of trolling motors within LAAs on Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills and Russell Sage Wildlife Management Areas.
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

Deer Hunting Closure Remains in Effect in Portions of Deer Area 5, Including Attakapas WMA

Release Date: 01/16/2019

Jan. 16, 2019 – A deer hunting closure in portions of Deer Area 5 remains in effect due to flooding, including Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River is still above 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, which triggered the closure.
 
A two-day primitive firearms season at Attakapas WMA was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 19-20). But because of the closure the season will not take place. Archery season in Attakapas WMA, which runs until Feb. 15, remains closed.
 
In addition, deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel remains closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
  
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.
 

LWFC Adopts Notice of Intent for Hunting Regulations, Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/09/2019

Jan. 9, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons, 2019-20 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2019-20 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Tuesday (Jan. 8) in Baton Rouge.
 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Ban of the use of natural deer urine as an attractant for hunting purposes. This is proposed as a cautionary measure to stop the potential importation and spread of CWD.
  • Language to include Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes in the state Cervid Carcass Importation ban.  This will make it illegal for persons who harvest a deer on those aforementioned properties to transport a whole deer back into Louisiana.
  • Requirement that self-clearing permit must be utilized for all activities on WMAs.
  • Reducing the daily bag limit of teal from six to four for the early September teal season.
  • Prohibition on the use of motorized turkey decoys.
  • Removal of all of Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes and parts of Avoyelles, Iberville, St. Landry and Upper St Martin parishes from Turkey Area A to Turkey Area C, which results in a reduction of 14 days of hunting opportunity.
  • Allowance to hunt nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds at night year round and the elimination of the permit needed from September-January.
  • Defining ‘drones’ as ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’. 
  • Addition of airboats as an allowable vehicle on Maurepas Swamp WMA pursuant to RS:56:109.4.
  • Removal of ability to commercial fishing on Wonder Lake on Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA. 
  • Expansion of the limited access area at Joyce WMA.
  • Prohibition of all nighttime activities at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
  • Change in the closing time of waterfowl hunting from noon to 2 pm at Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA, making it consistent with other WMAs.
  • Reduction of seven days to the turkey season at Richard K. Yancey WMA.
  • Reduction of the number of open turkey days from five to three at Sherburne WMA.
  • Closure of Tunica Hills WMA when turkey lottery hunts are taking place.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 25-March 2 throughout the state. The locations and times for those meetings include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.
     

For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

Registration Now Open for 2018 Louisiana Youth Hunter of the Year Contest

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Jan. 2, 2019 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association are seeking submissions for the 2018 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2018 calendar year, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages 15 and younger.
 
Did you have a special hunt this past year? Harvested your first game animal or bird? Maybe just a hunting trip made great by sharing time in the outdoor with family and friends? Regardless, you could be a candidate for our male and female Youth Hunter of the Year contest.
 
Youth Hunters of the Year will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters. The two winners will also be recognized at the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet in April.
 
Contest sponsors include Baton Rouge Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, South Louisiana Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, Andrew Harrison with Harrison Law, LLC, Bowie Outfitters - Baton Rouge, and Outdoor Roots.
 
To apply, download the registration form on the LDWF web site (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp). Entrants must submit the registration form along with a photograph and story describing the hunt. Entries must be postmarked by March 9, 2019. Applications can be sent by mail or submitted electronically.
 
For more information on this program and how to apply contact John Sturgis at 337-735-8679 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Rebecca Triche at 225-344-6707 or Rebecca@lawildlifefed.org. For more information on the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, go to lawildlifefed.org.
 

Flooding Triggers Deer Hunting Closure in Portions of Deer Area 5

Release Date: 12/31/2018

Dec. 31, 2018 – Deer hunting in portions of Deer Area 5 in the Atchafalaya Basin have been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The Atchafalaya River has reached 15 feet mean sea level (msl) at Butte LaRose, triggering the closure.
 
Deer hunting in those portions of Iberville, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and south of Alligator Bayou and Bayou Sorrel are closed. Deer hunting in the area will reopen when the river stage recedes to 14 feet msl at Butte LaRose.
 
LDWF will announce when the closure is lifted.
 
For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344 or Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-735-8682.
 

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