Release Date: 07/10/2007

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the tentative dates for the 2007-08 September teal and other early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 9 meeting.

The length of the September teal hunting season is based on the breeding population estimate of blue-winged teal.  A population estimate below 4.7 million would provide a nine-day season and an estimate above that base line provides for a 16-day season.  The 2007 estimate was near a record high of 6.7 million, allowing for a teal season of 16 days from Sept. 15 to 30.  A daily bag limit of four and possession limit of eight will be allowed.

Rail and gallinules seasons will last 70 days.  The first segment will be open from Sept. 15 to 30.  The other segment will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons.  King and clapper rails have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit totaling 30.  Sora and Virginia rails have a daily and possession limit totaling 25.  Common and purple gallinules have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 30.

Woodcock season will last 45 days from Dec. 18 to Jan. 31.  A three-bird daily bag limit and a six-bird possession limit will be allowed.

Shooting and hawking hours for woodcock, rail, teal and gallinules are half an hour before sunrise to sunset.

Extended falconry dove season is open from Sept. 17 to Oct. 9.  Extended falconry woodcock season is open from Oct. 28 to Dec. 17 and will reopen from Feb. 1 to 11.  The falconry daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six birds for all permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and regular hunting seasons.  Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl regulations.

For more information, contact Dave Moreland at 225-765-2346 or dmoreland@wlf.louisiana.gov.