COMMISSION ISSUES NOTICE OF INTENT ON MOURNING DOVE HUNTING ZONES

Release Date: 04/05/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Mike Olinde presented a notice of intent to reinstate mourning dove hunting zones in Louisiana at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's regular monthly meeting on April 5.  The commission adopted the notice unanimously.


Olinde explained that hunting zones enacted in the past were hampered by federal restrictions on opening dates, but recent changes give the commission more leeway in setting dates.  A department survey found over 80 percent of dove hunters in the proposed south zone in favor of the change.


The proposed boundary of the north and south zones follows:


Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along Interstate 12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; thence east along Interstate 10 to the Mississippi state line.


Public comment on the proposed mourning dove hunting zones should be directed to Mike Olinde at molinde@wlf.louisiana.gov or mailed to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Rm. 370, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

For more information, contact Mike Olinde at molinde@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225/765-2353.
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