News Column: COASTAL CURRENTS
Submitted: August 28, 2013
Alan Matherne, Coastal & Fisheries Outreach Specialist
Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption Parishes; LSU AgCenter / Louisiana Sea Grant
Hunting season is just around the corner
As fall approaches and gets near, you start thinking of outdoor activities such as football and hunting.
September marks the beginning of Louisiana’s 2013-14 hunting season. To help in planning your days, here is a list of this year’s upcoming hunting seasons:
Migratory game birds
Hunting season opens Sept. 7 with the first split for doves continuing through Sept. 15 in the South Zone, and Sept. 22 in the North Zone. Dove season in the South Zone continues Oct. 19-Dec. 1 and Dec. 21-Jan. 6, and Oct. 12-Nov. 10 and Dec. 14-Jan. 6 in the North Zone. The bag limit is 15 doves.
Teal, rail and gallinule hunting season begins Sept. 14 and continues through Sept. 29. Rail and gallinule have a second split Nov. 9-Jan. 1. Bag limits are six teal, 15 king and clapper rails, 25 sora and virginia rails, and 15 gallinules.
The taking of ducks, coots and mergansers begins Nov. 9 in the Coastal Zone and continues through various splits in the West, East and Coastal zones. Various goose seasons begin with a couple of Nov. 9 openings in the East and Coastal zones. There are special seasons for youth waterfowl hunting and for falconry hunting. Consult the migratory game birds hunting seasons brochure for details.
Woodcock season is Dec. 18-Jan. 31 with a bag limit of three.
The snipe season is Nov. 2-Dec. 1 and Dec. 14-Feb. 28 in the Coastal Zone; Nov. 9-Dec. 15 and Dec. 21-Feb. 28 in the West Zone; and Nov. 9-Dec. 8 and Dec. 14-Feb. 28 in the East Zone. The bag limit is eight.
Rabbit, squirrel and quail
Rabbit and squirrel hunting season begins Oct. 5 and continues through Feb. 28. The spring season is May 3-25. Some areas are closed for the spring season, so check the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details. The bag limit for rabbits and squirrels is eight and three squirrels in the spring.
The season for quail hunting is Nov. 16 through Feb. 28. The bag limit is 10.
Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes are in Area 9. Area 9 deer hunting starts with the archery season, Oct. 1-15 for bucks only, and Oct 16.-Feb. 15 for either sex. The primitive firearms season has three splits — Nov. 9-15 and Jan. 27-31 for bucks only, and Jan. 20-26 for either sex. Modern firearms still hunting — no dogs allowed — begins Nov. 16 and continues through Dec. 6 for bucks only, and Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for either sex. Deer hunting with or without dogs is allowed from Dec. 7 through Jan. 19 for bucks only, and Dec. 14-15, Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 11-12 for either sex.
There are some Area 9 high water benchmark closure areas in portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes, so consult the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details.
Deer daily bag limits are one antlered and one antlerless when legal. The season limit is six, which includes three antlered or four antlerless deer. Wildlife Management Areas and other public land seasons and regulations vary, so consult the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details.
The Special Youth Deer Season, on private land, is Oct. 26-Nov. 1 in Area 9.
There is a special physically challenged either sex deer season, on private land, Oct. 5-6. This season is restricted to hunters with physically challenged hunter permits.
Other hunting seasons
The season for crows is Sept. 1-Jan. 1 with no limit. Nutria season on WMAs and private property is Sept. 1-Feb. 28 with a daily limit of five and on Atchafalaya Delta, Salvador/Timken, Pointe-aux-Chenes and Pass a Loutre WMAs Sept. 1-March 31.
Raccoons and opossums have no closed season. There are restrictions for night hunting. There is an experimental year round season for bobcats. See the regulations pamphlet for details. Pheasant is open concurrently with the quail season with no limit.
Turkey season is in the spring. A separate pamphlet covering this will be available later this year.
Consult and study the Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2013-14 pamphlet before going hunting. It is available at retailers that sell hunting gear and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ hunting regulations website, wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations. There are many rules and regulations associated with hunting, and you need to make sure you are completely legal before heading out.
Alan Matherne is the LSU AgCenter / Louisiana Sea Grant Coastal & Fisheries Outreach Specialist for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or email@example.com. His articles and blogs are posted at bayoulog.com. You can “Friend” him on Facebook at facebook.com/alan.matherne and follow his “Tweets” on Twitter at twitter.com/amatherne.