Release Date: 05/09/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is asking for public comment on the options for setting waterfowl season segments and zones for the next five waterfowl seasons.

The waterfowl season segment and zone options are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and can only change every five years.  Louisiana is at the end of a five-year period under a two zone with split seasons configuration. The USFWS approved options are:

 The current system of two zones, east and west, with split seasons (two segments).
 Three zones with no split seasons (this would require continuous seasons within each zone).
 No zones (a statewide season) with three segments (split seasons).

Louisiana resident hunters interested in submitting public comment on this issue can visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov and click on the "Take our Waterfowl Season Survey" on the right side of the front page under "LA Announcements."  Comments can be submitted through the LDWF Web site on-line survey through June 25.

The public is also invited to attend and offer comment on this matter at the next commission meeting on June 1 at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge located at 2000 Quail Drive, or comments can be mailed to Robert Helm, Wildlife Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge  70898-9000.

LDWF must submit their plans for waterfowl zones and season segments to the USFWS by July of 2006. 

For more information, contact Robert Helm at 225-765-2358 or rhelm@wlf.louisiana.gov.