Release Date: 02/02/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced meeting dates and locations for public review and comment on the 2007-09 Resident Small Game and Deer Hunting Seasons and Regulations and 2007-08 WMA Seasons and Regulations.

Some of the proposed changes and issues for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 hunting seasons that will be discussed at the public meetings include:

 No waterfowl hunting on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA after 2 p.m.
 ATVs would be allowed to retrieve hogs and deer for all hunters on WMAs.
 Steel shot only for rails, gallinules and snipe on all WMAs.
 The deer tagging system and how it will work.
 Dog hunting on WMAs - Hunters requested the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to allow deer hunting with dogs on Maurepas Swamp WMA and similar WMAs such as Attakapas WMA.

Hunters are encouraged to attend these public meetings and express their views concerning hunting season dates and regulations.
March 5 at 6 p.m.
Houma, Houma Municipal Auditorium  
880 Verret St.  Directions: Go down West Tunnel Blvd., turn left on Barrow St., go to Verret St., turn right, Municipal Auditorium a few blocks down on the right.  Phone Number 985-873-6543.

March 5 at 6 p.m.  
Ruston, Ruston Civic Center
Directions: Exit I-20 at the US 167 Exit.  Go South on US 167 (North Trenton Street) to the Ruston Civic Center sign on the right at 401 North Trenton Street.

March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Baton Rouge, LDWF HQ, Louisiana Room  
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Office Building is located at 2000 Quail Dr. off of Perkins Road.

March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Lake Charles, LSU Extension Service Office   
The LSU Extension Service Office located at 7101 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, next to the Burton Coliseum.

March 12 at 6 p.m.
Bossier City, Bossier Civic Center   
Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road in Bossier City.  Phone number 318-741-8900.

March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Jefferson, Jefferson Parish Council Chambers  
Jefferson Parish Council Chambers are located at 1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard in Jefferson.

March 14 at 6 p.m.  
Alexandria, Alexandria Convention  Hall    
The City of Alexandria Convention Hall is within the City Hall Building located at the intersection of Third and Murray streets.

March 14 at 7 p.m.
Ferriday, Concordia Parish Community Center     
The Concordia Parish Community Center is located at 26358 Hwy. 15, south of Ferriday.

March 14 at 6 p.m.  
Opelousas, Yambilee Center    
Directions:  Go through Opelousas on Hwy 190 west.  When the two lane opens up to a four lane on Hwy. 190 west, the Yambilee building will be on the left.

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