Release Date: 12/20/2005

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the proposed turkey season dates and regulations for the 2006 turkey season at their Dec. 8 meeting.

The statewide opening date is March 25.  The season in Area A would extend to April 23, Area B to April 16 and Area C to April 2.  A private land youth and physically challenged hunter season is set for March 18 and 19.  These are basic calendar adjustments from last years framework. The daily bag limit is one gobbler, and the season limit is two gobblers. 

Youths under 16 and wheelchair-confined hunters of any age hunting on private lands can hunt during the special season.  Each youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.  Youths under 16 years old may hunt and must possess a hunter safety certificate or proof of completing a hunter safety course unless the adult supervisor already has one of these requirements. Disabled hunters must have a Physically Challenged Hunter Permit with wheelchair classification to participate.

There are several changes for the 2006 WMA turkey seasons.  The season on Pomme de Terre WMA will be closed due to declining turkey numbers.  Seasons on Bens Creek and Sandy Hollow WMAs will be shortened by a week this year.  Pearl River WMA will be closed to protect the remaining birds, while the habitat recovers from Hurricane Katrina damage.

Youth lottery hunts will be added to Thistlethwaite and Spring Bayou WMAs.  WMAs with youth lottery hunts will be closed to all activities except fishing on the day of the youth hunt.  Applicants will have to be at least 8-years-old to participate on WMA youth lottery hunts.  A youth lottery hunt will also be added for the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).    

A small portion of Bossier and Webster parishes will be closed so wild turkeys can be restocked in the area.  This area encompasses Camp Minden where wild turkeys are absent.  However, the Louisiana Army National Guard has made improvements to the habitat on Camp Minden and the department has agreed to release turkeys on the site.  

EDITORS: For more information, contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-0823 or fkimmel@wlf.louisiana.gov