News Column: COASTAL CURRENTS
Submitted: August 31, 2011
Alan Matherne, Area Agent (Fisheries & Coastal Issues)
Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption Parishes; LSU AgCenter
Hunting season is here!
Migratory game birds
September 3rd, 12 p.m. (noon) began this year’s hunting season with the opening of the first split for doves. This split runs through Sept 11 in the South Zone and Sept 18 in the North Zone. Dove seasons continue as follows, South: Oct 15 – Nov 27 & Dec 17 – Jan 2; North: Oct 8 – Nov 6 & Dec 10 – Jan 2. The bag limit for doves is 15.
Teal, rail, and gallinule hunting begins on Sept 10th and continues through the 25th; bag limits are: teal – 4, king & clapper rails – 15, sora & virginia rails – 25, and gallinules – 15.
Woodcock season runs from Dec 18 through Jan 31 and the snipe season is not yet determined and will be set at a later date. The woodcock bag limit is 3.
Rabbit, squirrel, and quail
Rabbit and squirrel hunting begins on Oct 1 and continues through Feb 29. The spring season is May 5-27. Note that some areas are closed for the spring season; check the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details. The bag limit for rabbits and squirrels is 8 (3 squirrels in the spring).
The season for quail hunting is Nov 19 through February 29; bag limit is 10.
Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes are in Area 6. Area 6 deer hunting starts with the archery season: Oct 1-15 (bucks only) and Oct 16 – Feb 15 (either-sex). The primitive firearms season has two splits: Nov 12-18 and Jan 23-29. Modern firearms still hunting (no dogs allowed) begins on Nov 19 and continues through Dec 9. Deer hunting with or without dogs is allowed from Dec 10 through Jan 22.
Note that all lands within the Morganza Floodway and the Morganza Control Stucture south to I-10 and from I-10 south within the protection levees of the Atchafalaya Basin have modified seasons; consult the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details.
Deer daily bag limits are 1 antlered and 1 anterless (when legal); the season limit is 6: 3 antlered and 3 anterless deer (with some exceptions for DMAP/LADT programs and some other areas).
Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and other public lands seasons and regulations vary, consult the Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for details.
The Special Youth Deer Season (on private land) in Area 6 is Oct 29 through Nov 4.
There is also a Special Physically Challenged Either-Sex Deer Season (on private land) on Oct 1-2. 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 may be taken on WMAs and private property from Sept 1 – Feb 29 with a daily limit of 5. Raccoons and opossums have no closed season; there are restrictions for night hunting, etc. There is an experimental year round season for bobcats. See the regulations pamphlet for details on these. Pheasant is open concurrently with the quail season; no limit.
Turkey season is in the spring. A separate pamphlet covering this will be available in December. Falconry can be conducted with a special permit. Licensed hunting preserves are allowed to harvest pen-raised birds from Oct 1 through April 30 with no limit. Hunting farm raised white-tailed deer and exotics on supplemented shooting preserves is permitted from Oct 1 through Jan 31. Special regulations apply, see LAC 76:XIX.111 for details.
A hunter’s pledge
To ensure the future of the sport of hunting, try to adhere to the following principles of conduct each time you go afield:
- Respect the environment and wildlife.
- Respect property and landowners.
- Show consideration for non-hunters.
- Hunt safely.
- Know and obey the law.
- Support wildlife and habitat conservation.
- Pass on an ethical hunting tradition.
- Strive to improve my outdoor skills and understanding of wildlife.
- Hunt only with ethical hunters.
Finally, be sure to consult and study the Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2011-2012 pamphlet before going hunting. It is available at most places that sell hunting gear and can also be downloaded online at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website (www.wlf.louisiana.gov). There are many rules and regulations associated with hunting and you will want to make sure you are completely legal before heading out.
Good luck afield and happy hunting!
Alan Matherne is the LSU AgCenter Area Agent (Fisheries & Coastal Issues) for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His articles and blogs are posted at bayoulog.com. You can “Friend” him on Facebook at facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001785563037 and follow his “Tweets” on Twitter at twitter.com/amatherne.
The following information was not included in the original published article. It is select information concerning hunting rules and regulations and has been extracted from the Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2011-2012 pamphlet.
For more information on any of the above, consult the Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2011-2012 pamphlet.