Release Date: 02/07/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved two notice of intents that included amendment changes for the 2006-08 hunting seasons and regulations and the 2006-07 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) seasons and regulations at their meeting on Feb. 2.

The notice of intents included some major changes to past regulations.  The following amendment changes are open for public comment until May 4 and will be voted for adoption at the May LWFC meeting.

* The season limit for deer is still six.  However, of these six deer, only three may be antlered bucks and only three may be antlerless deer.  These limits for deer include all methods of take, except antlerless harvest on property enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) or the Landowner Antlerless Deer Tag Program (LADT).  Property enrolled in DMAP or LADT do not count for the season bag limit for hunters.  One antlered and one antlerless deer (when legal) per day will be accepted, except on some Federal Refuges and National Forest Lands where daily limits shall be one deer per day.

* LDWF is also recommending a harvest documentation requirement for deer.  Each deer hunter, regardless of age or license status, must obtain a deer tag harvest card prior to hunting and posses this card while deer hunting.  Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must document the kill on the card.   All hunters must then file a deer harvest report with LDWF at the end of the season, even if no deer were harvested.

* Deer hunters will be able to harvest antlerless deer during the entire season on private lands, except in West Carroll, Plaquemines, St. Bernard parishes and portions of East Carroll parishes.  This does not apply to public lands that include WMAs or National Forest Lands and Refuges, which will have specified either-sex days.

* During deer archery seasons, people with a disability who possess a crossbow permit and hunters over 60 years of age may use a bow that is drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

* Deer hunters that hunt from concealed ground blinds on WMAs must display a minumum of 400 square inches of hunter orange above or around their blinds.  The hunter orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

* The commission proposed an additional amendment to the notice of intents for bobcats. Big game licensed holders will be able to hunt bobcats year round during daylight hours with bow and arrow, shotgun, muzzleloader or a centerfire firearm.  No more than two bobcats per calender year will be allowed.  This amendment only applies to property privately owned and does not apply to WMAs and Federally Owned Lands and Refuges.

LDWF proposed no changes to the 2006-07 or the 2007-08 seasons for resident small game or deer. The season for 2006-07 for resident small game hunting seasons are:

* Quail Nov. 18-Feb. 28 with a daily bag limit of 10 and possession limit of 20.
* Rabbit and Squirrel Oct. 7-Feb. 28 with a daily bag limit of 8 and possession limit of 16.

The following is the deer hunting season dates broken down by area:

* Area 1  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Jan. 22-28
   Still Hunt: Nov. 18-Dec. 8 and Jan. 8-21
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 7

* Area 2  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 21-27 and Jan. 15-21
   Still Hunt: Oct. 28-Dec. 8
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 14

* Area 3  Archery: Sept. 16-Jan. 15
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 26 and Dec. 2-Jan. 7

* Area 4  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 4-10 and Jan. 8-17
   Still Hunt: Nov. 11-Jan. 7

* Area 5  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1
   Still Hunt: Nov. 24-Dec. 10

* Area 6  Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only and Oct. 16-Feb. 15 either sex
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Jan. 22-28
   Still Hunt: Nov. 18-Dec 8
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 21

* Area 7  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 4-10
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 3 and Nov. 11-26
   With or Without Dogs: Nov. 27-Dec. 31

* Area 8  Archery: Sept. 16-Jan. 15
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 26
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 2-Jan. 7

Public hearings will be held throughout the state during the weeks of March 13 and 20.  Comments will also be accepted at regularly scheduled LWFC meetings from March through May.  People may also submit written comments about the proposed notice of intents until May 4 to David Moreland, Wildlife Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. 

EDITORS: For more information, contact Jimmy Anthony at 225-765-2347 or janthony@wlf.louisiana.gov.