Hunting

L.W.F.C. Sets Tentative 2011-12 Migratory Waterfowl Season

Release Date: 08/04/2011

Aug.  4, 2011 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2011-12 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 4 meeting.  The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission, after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Following a comment period that began after the July commission meeting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended a 60-day season for ducks, coots and mergansers.  In the West Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 12 and close on Dec. 4.  The second segment will open on Dec. 17 and run through Jan. 22.  In the East Zone, the first segment will go from Nov. 19 to 27.  The second segment will last from Dec. 10 to Jan. 29.

A proposal to move the Youth waterfowl weekend to the weekend during the splits was revised by LDWF based on a majority of public comments received. Those comments favored keeping that weekend opportunity for youth prior to the season opening dates in both zones. The revised Youth waterfowl weekend dates proposed by the department and adopted by the commission are Nov. 5-6 in the West Zone and Nov. 12-13 in the East Zone.

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads.

The daily bag limit on coots is 15.  The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which only two may be hooded mergansers.  The merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.

The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.

Light geese and white-fronted geese will have a 74-day season.  The first segment in the West Zone will open on Nov. 12 and close on Dec. 4.  The second segment in the West Zone will run from Dec. 17 to Feb. 5.  The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 5 and run until Nov. 27.  The second segment will run from Dec. 10 to Jan. 29.  The daily bag limit on light geese is 20, with no possession limit.  The daily limit on white-fronted geese is two, with a possession limit of four. When the Canada goose season is open, the limit is two dark geese (white-fronted and Canada) of which no more than one can be a Canada goose.

The Canada goose season will be 44 days and run from Dec. 17 to Jan. 29 statewide, except for a small closure area in southwest Louisiana.  The daily limit for Canada geese is one in aggregate with white-fronted geese and the possession limit is two in aggregate with white-fronted geese.  So the daily bag limit will allow two dark geese (white-fronted and Canada geese), no more than one of which may be a Canada goose.

The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open in the West Zone on Dec. 5, and the first segment will close on Dec. 16.  The second segment in the West Zone will run from Feb. 6 to March 11.  The first segment in the East Zone will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, and the second segment will be from Jan. 30 to March 11. During this time, only snow, blue and Ross geese may be taken and daily bag and possession limits are eliminated.  The use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns is permitted.  Shooting hours during the Conservation Order begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.

Rails may be taken from Sept. 10 to 25 and again from Nov. 12 to Jan. 4.  For King and Clapper rails, the daily limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 30.  Sora and Virginia rails have a daily and possession limit of 25 in the aggregate.

Gallinule season will be open from Sept. 10 to 25 and again from Nov. 12 to Jan. 4.  The daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.

Snipe may be taken in the West Zone first segment from Nov. 5 to Dec. 7 and from Dec. 17 to Feb. 28 in the second segment. In the East Zone, the first segment will run from Nov. 5 to 30 with a second segment running Dec. 10 to Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 16.

An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 5 to Feb. 3.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.louisiana.gov.

L.D.W.F. Offering Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Training in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/03/2011

 

August 3, 2011—The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Education Section is offering a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor Academy at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge on Aug. 8 through 10.  Waddill is located at 4142 North Flannery Road.

The academy’s three, nightly sessions start at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m.  Participants must attend all three nights to be certified as a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor.  There is no charge for the academy, and it is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in teaching Hunter Safety Courses.

Requirements for Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor are:

  • Attend a 12-hour instructor training course
  • Complete a live fire exercise
  • Pass a written exam
  • Undergo a criminal background check

Volunteer instructors are the backbone of LDWF’s hunter education program. One of the rewards of serving as a volunteer instructor is the self satisfaction of knowing you are helping to preserve the future of hunting by passing on a time honored tradition. Become a part of a team that makes a difference.

What Does LDWF Look For In a Volunteer Instructor?

  • Professional demeanor
  • Courteous and respectful
  • Good communicator
  • People oriented
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Someone who believes in the importance of education

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information about the academy, or to register for the course, please contact Bradley Breland at 225-274-8089 or bbreland@wlf.la.gov .

Trapping Workshop Set for SEPT. 9-11 at Waddill Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 08/02/2011

Aug. 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will be hosting a Trapping Workshop on the weekend of Sept. 9 – 11.  The workshop will be presented at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road in Baton Rouge.

The workshop will begin on Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday at noon, providing classroom activity and field exercises. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of trapping including equipment selection, scouting, set making, bait and lure usage, bait making, fur handling, ethics, skull identification, snare making and more.

The registration fee is $25 per student and will cover food costs. Accommodations are provided on a first come, first serve basis, if needed.  Overnight participants will need to bring sheets, blanket, and a pillow to fit a full size bed. Students under 13 must have an adult guardian with them to attend. Only 25 openings are available and interested participants are encouraged to reserve their spot as soon as possible.

For additional information, or to pre-register, contact Wesley Blanchard at 337-375-1932.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

L.D.W.F. Reopening Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/28/2011

July 28, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) effective Aug. 1, 2011.

The public shooting ranges that include the rifle, handgun, archery and shotgun range 1 are included in the Aug. 1 re-opening of those areas within the WMA which had remained closed since spring floodwater prompted LDWF to close the site in May. The public is reminded that LA 975 south from US Hwy. 190 remains closed.  Access to the site is restricted to LA 975 from I-10 to the Sherburne WMA Headquarters.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255 or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2011 Teal Season Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/15/2011

July 15, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2011 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.

Available dates include Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 11; Tuesday, Sept. 13; Thursday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday, Sept. 21; Saturday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 25.

Persons 18 years of age or older can apply and only one application per hunter will be accepted. Applications are available on the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake WCA Teal Season Lottery Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 18, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

Each applicant who is selected will be allowed to bring one additional hunter as a guest. All hunters must have appropriate licenses, including a basic hunting license (or Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise license), a Louisiana duck license, federal duck stamp and HIP permit.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail and required to submit an additional check or money order for $250 per hunt party. Applications are non-transferrable.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA teal season lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net .

2011 Peason Ridge W.M.A. Fall Turkey Hunt Lottery Announced

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for 2011 fall turkey hunt lottery spots on the Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Vernon Parish.

The available dates include a three-day and a four-day hunting period as follows:

Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5 (Sunday through Wednesday)

The 150 available lottery spots will be awarded to 75 hunters for each of the two hunting periods. Only one application per hunter will be accepted and applications can be submitted individually, or as a group, with no more than five applications per group.

Applications and additional details on the application process are available on the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts and LDWF headquarters by writing to the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: WMA Fall Turkey Lottery Hunt, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Completed applications must be received by close of business on Aug. 22, 2011. A $5 non-refundable administration fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must accompany each application.

All hunters selected will be required to have all required LA hunting licenses, including 2011-12 turkey tags. Turkeys harvested during this fall season count as part of each hunter’s 2011-12 turkey season bag limit. Additionally, hunters selected will be required to obtain a Military Clearance Permit from the US Army, provided at no cost by the Fort Polk Game Warden Office.

A drawing will be held in late August and winning applicants will be notified by mail. Lottery permits issued are non-transferable and must be in the hunter’s possession while on the WMA each day of the hunt.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter@LDWF.

For more information on the fall turkey hunt lottery, call Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov

Legislation Provides More Options for Property Owners Contending with Outlaw Quadrupeds, Nuisance Animals

Release Date: 07/14/2011

July 14, 2011 - Legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, provides additional options for citizens to take outlaw quadrupeds (armadillos, coyotes, feral hogs) and nuisance animals (nutria and beaver.) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is required.
 
House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning Aug. 15, 2011, to take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at night from March through August on private property with any legal firearm. Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.
 
Additionally, House Bill 169, signed into law by Governor Jindal as Act 29, allows the take of nuisance quadrupeds at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized, beginning Aug. 15, 2011.  Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and  protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information,  visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

For more information, contact John Robinette at 337-491-2576 or jrobinette@wlf.la.gov

L.W.F.C. Approves Revised 2011-2012 Deer Hunting Season Dates for Portions of Atchafalaya Basin Due to Spring Flood Impacts

Release Date: 07/08/2011

Morganza/Atchafalaya Basin Floodway Deer Area

 

July 8, 2011– At the July 7 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved changes to the 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin due to spring flood impacts.

The emergency action, which revises dates previously adopted by the commission, was recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) based on estimates of deer mortality caused by recent historic flooding along the Mississippi River and subsequent opening of the Morganza Spillway on May 14.

The following 2011-2012 deer hunting season revisions will become effective Aug. 1, 2011:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area:

Archery, bucks only: Oct. 1-15

Archery, either-sex: Oct. 16 - Feb. 15

Youth & Physically Challenged, either-sex: Oct. 29-30; ALL OTHER SEASONS CLOSED. Self-clearing permits.

Youth Lottery, either-sex: Oct. 29-30 and Dec. 23, 26, 28 & 30.

Firearms, either-sex: Nov. 25-26, mandatory deer check.

Firearms, bucks only: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Primitive Firearms, either-sex:Jan. 7-8

 

All lands within the Morganza floodway, from the Morganza control structure, south to I-10, and from I-10 south, within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin:

Archery, Bucks Only- Oct. 1-15, Either-sex- Oct. 16 - Feb. 15

Primitive Firearms, Bucks Only- Jan. 23-29

Still Hunt, Either-sex- Nov. 19-27

Still Hunt, Bucks Only- Nov. 28 - Dec. 9

With or Without Dogs, Either-Sex-Dec. 10 -11

With or Without Dogs, Bucks Only-Dec. 10 - Jan. 15

Attakapas WMA retains the 2011-2012 deer season dates previously approved by the commission in May.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or sdurham@wlf.la.gov.

2012 Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations Proposed

Release Date: 07/08/2011

2012 Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations Proposed

July 8, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) proposed the season dates and regulations revisions for the 2012 turkey hunting season at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's July 7 meeting.

LDWF recommended dividing the state into two zones, north and south, in order to address public comments on a later opening date for turkey season in north Louisiana.  The recommended season opening date is Saturday, March 24 in the south zone and Saturday, March 31 in the north zone. The 2012 season proposal’s new zone approach also divides each zone into three, letter-designated areas that vary in their end dates.

In the south zone, Area A would extend to April 22, Area B to April 15, and Area C to April 8.  In the north zone, Area D would extend to April 29, Area E to April 22, and Area F to April 15. The proposed dates do not reduce the number of hunting days per zone.

The daily bag limit would be one gobbler and the season limit would be two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger, and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters are proposed to take place on March 17-18 in the south zone, areas A, B and C, and March 24-25 in the north zone, areas D, E and F.

The proposal also includes turkey season dates for LDWF Wildlife Management Areas and special lottery hunts. To view the full notices of intent, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

Public comment on these issues can be submitted to Kenny Ribbeck, Wildlife Division Administrator, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, by Sept. 7, 2011.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

L.W.F.C. Approves Duck Hunting Zones, Seeks Public Comment on Dates For 2011-2012 Seasons

Release Date: 07/08/2011

 

July 8, 2011-- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) moved to maintain the two zones with split season arrangement for the 2011-2012 duck season at their July 7 meeting.

Although expanded zones and splits options are being considered, those options have not yet been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  The commission action provides hunters with a familiar framework that has been used for 30 years for the upcoming waterfowl season.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to explore expanded options for the 2012-2015 seasons as the USFWS will allow changes to be made next year.   

The proposed duck season dates for 2011-2012 are as follows:

West Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4, and Dec. 17 – Jan. 22.  (Youth Hunt Dec. 10-11) 

East Zone: Nov. 19 – 27, and Dec. 10 – Jan. 29.   (Youth Hunt Dec. 3-4)

Changes from last year in these proposed season dates include moving the Youth Hunt from the weekend before opening day to the weekend during the split, fewer hunting days in November but more in December for the East zone, and additional hunting opportunity for hunters that use both zones.  

The public can comment on the 2011-2012 season dates until Aug. 4 by sending comments to: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Study Leader, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

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