Migratory and Waterfowl

Waterfowl Zone Map 2016

Get your Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana Waterfowl Hunters can purchase Federal Duck Stamp online and through license vendors.

  • At U.S. Post Offices and at www.duckstamp.com -$25.00
  • From Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fishes (LDWF) license vendors,  online licensing www.wlf.louisiana.gov ,by phone (1-877-447-1318), - $27.22.

The Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters, including those who are not required to purchase a hunting license.  Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt.  Hunters, who purchase their Federal Duck Stamp online, phone or mobile, will receive a confirmation number.  If you purchase your stamp from a Retail vendor, LDWF online licensing, you will receive a printed receipt.  Both confirmation number and the printed receipt will be accepted as evidence of the purchase for 45 days and must be possessed while hunting waterfowl.  The paper stamp will be mailed to the purchaser.  The proof of purchase will expire after 45 days from the date of purchase.  All Federal duck stamps expire on June 30, regardless of when issued.  

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L.W.F.C. Sets 2016-2017 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved duck hunting and other migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2016-2017 season at their April 7, 2016 meeting.

The dates were presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the three-zone waterfowl season framework that includes the coastal, east and west zones.

The dates and bag limits for the upcoming seasons are as follows:

September Teal Season (Blue-winged, Green-winged and Cinnamon only): 16 days
Statewide September 10 – 25
Daily bag limit – 6 per day; Possession limit – 18.

Coastal Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
West Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
East Zone: Nov. 19 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 29 (Including Catahoula Lake)
Youth Waterfowl Weekend: Nov. 5-6 in the Coastal Zone, Nov. 5 and Jan. 28 in the West Zone, Nov. 12 and Feb. 4 in East Zone.

Daily Bag Limits:  The daily bag limit on ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, and 2 pintails.

Daily bag limit on coots is 15.

Mergansers - The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers.  Merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.
Possession Limit - The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is three
times the daily bag limit.

North Zone: (88 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 12
South Zone: (88 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 12
Daily bag limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): 20
Possession limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): None
Daily Limit on white-fronted geese: 2
Possession Limit on white-fronted geese: 6

North Zone: (76 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 31
South Zone: (76 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 31
Daily Limit on Canada geese: 1 per day
Possession limit on Canada geese: 3

The Canada goose season will be closed in the area described as follows:  Beginning at the Texas State Line, proceeding east along Hwy. 82 to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, then north along the Calcasieu Ship Channel to its junction with the Intracoastal Canal, then east along the Intracoastal Canal to its juncture with LA Hwy. 82, then south along LA Hwy. 82 to its juncture with Parish Road 3147, then south and east along Parish Road 3147 to Freshwater Bayou Canal, then south to the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas State Line, then north to the point of beginning at LA Hwy. 82.   Open waters of Lake Arthur and the Mermentau River, from the Hwy 14 bridge southward, will also be closed to Canada goose hunting.

North Zone: Dec. 5 – 16; Feb. 13 - March 12
South Zone: Dec. 5 – 16; Feb. 13 – March 12
Only snow, blue and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits.  During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.

RAILS: Nov. 12 – Jan. 4
King and Clapper: Daily bag limit 15 in the aggregate, Possession 45.
Sora and Virginia: Daily bag 25 in the aggregate and possession 75.

GALLINULES: Nov. 12 – Jan. 4
Daily bag limit 15, Possession limit 45

Coastal Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
West Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
East Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
Daily bag limit 8, Possession limit 24
Shooting Hours: 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.

Statewide: Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
Sixteen (16) days of the total season lengths for rails, gallinules and extended falconry seasons were used during the September teal season.

Coastal Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
West Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
East Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov .