The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted an amended version of the 2008 Turkey Hunting Notice of Intent proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The decision came at the commission's regular monthly meeting Oct. 4.
The amendment reads, in part: "Hunters who received tags with their licenses are encouraged, but not required, to tag their kill and record their kill on their harvest report card." Tagging and validation are not mandatory this deer or turkey season; they will be mandatory beginning with the deer season in the fall of 2008.
Difficulties implementing the tagging system for the upcoming hunting seasons prompted this move. LDWF Wildlife Division Administrator Jimmy Anthony also encouraged hunters to voluntarily report both deer and turkey harvest in order to test the system for further problems.
The 2008 turkey season will open Friday March 21 in all areas. The season will extend to April 20 in Area A, April 13 in Area B and April 6 in Area C. The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter days are March 15 and 16.
Hunters can validate their tags by clicking the "Buy Hunting Licenses or Validate Tags" link at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting.
For more information, contact Fred Kimmel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225/765-2355.