L.W.F.C. SETS TENTATIVE DOVE SEASONS AND DOVE HUNTING ZONE BOUNDARY

Release Date: 05/03/2007

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the tentative dates for the 2007-08 hunting season for mourning doves, white-winged doves, Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves at their May 3 meeting.

These hunting regulations represent a change from the past two decades because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eliminated its prohibition of opening a south zone prior to Sept. 20.  As a consequence, use of zones for dove hunting will allow early September openings with season dates better tailored to regional dove hunting interests.


Dates:
South Zone:
Sept. 1-9, nine days.
Oct. 13-Nov. 25, 44 days.
Dec. 22-Jan. 7, 17 days.


North Zone:
Sept.1-16, 16 days.
Oct. 13-Nov. 11, 30 days.
Dec. 15-Jan. 7, 24 days.


Bag Limits:
Mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves: Daily bag limit 12 in aggregate, Possession 24 in aggregate but note: there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird.  Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.


Shooting and Hawking Hours:
One half hour before sunrise to sunset except 12 noon to sunset on Sept. 1, 2007.


Dove Hunting Zone Boundary:


The state shall be divided into North and South Dove Hunting Zones by the following boundary:  Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Highway 12; thence east along La. Highway 12 to its intersection with U.S. Highway 190; thence east along U.S. Highway 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.


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