L.W.F.C. SETS TENTATIVE MIGRATORY WATERFOWL SEASONS

Release Date: 08/03/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2006-07 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 3 meeting.  The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission, unless the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should mandate unanticipated changes.


After the LWFC listened to public comments and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel comments on proposed duck season dates and bag limits, it was concluded that a 60-day season will be adopted for ducks and coots.  In the West Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 11 and close on Dec. 3.  The second segment will open on Dec. 16 and run through Jan. 21.  In the East Zone, the first segment will go from Nov. 18 to Dec. 3.  The second segment will last from Dec. 16 through Jan. 28.


Youth waterfowl weekend in the west zone is Nov. 4-5 and in the east zone Nov. 11-12.


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), one canvasback, one pintail, three mottled ducks, one black duck, two wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads. The daily bag limit on coots is 15.  In addition to the daily bag limit for ducks, the daily bag limit for mergansers is five, only two of which may be a hooded merganser.  The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.


Light geese and white-fronted geese will have a 72-day season.  The first segment in the West Zone will open on Nov. 11 and close on Dec. 3.  The second segment in the West Zone will open on Dec. 16 and close on Feb. 2.  The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 4 and run until Dec. 1.  The second segment will open Dec. 16 and close on Jan. 28.  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.


The special-permit-required Canada goose season will be from Jan. 13-28 statewide, except for a small area in southwest Louisiana.  The daily limit for Canada geese is one and the possession limit is two.  The special $5 permit may be obtained from any license vendor.


The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open in the West Zone on Dec. 4, and the first segment will close on Dec. 15.  The second segment in the West Zone will open on Feb. 3 and close on March 11.  The first segment in the East Zone will run from Dec. 4 through Dec. 15 and the second segment will be from Jan. 29 to Mar. 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 order begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.


Rails may be taken from Nov. 11 to Jan. 3.  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 open on Nov. 11 and close on Jan. 3.  The daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30.


Snipe may be taken in the first segment from Nov. 4 to Dec. 5 and from Dec. 16 to Feb. 28 in the second segment, with a daily bag limit of 8 and a possession limit of 16.


Shooting hours for migratory bird hunting, except for the Conservation Order, are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish where shooting hours, including the Conservation Order, end at 2 p.m.


An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 4 to Feb. 2.


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