2012 Louisiana Turkey Regulations And Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 12/16/2011

Dec. 16, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) 2012 Turkey Regulations pamphlet is now available. Hunters can obtain the pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or via the LDWF website.

The regulations pamphlet includes changes in the 2012 turkey season framework that provide for a uniform statewide opening on the fourth Saturday in March. The season will open March 24 in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows:  Area A, March 24 to April 22; Area B, March 24 to April 15; and Area C, March 24 to April 8. The daily bag limit is one gobbler, and the season limit is two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger, and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters, will take place on March 17-18, 2012 in all areas. The regulations pamphlet also includes turkey season dates for other WMAs, Kisatchie National Forest and National Wildlife Refuges.

Hunters are advised that the printed version of the 2012 Turkey Regulations does not list the West Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery hunt dates for March and April. Those dates are March 24-25, March 31-April 1, and April 7-8. Those dates are listed in the updated 2012 Turkey Regulations document posted on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/turkey.

The application forms for 2012 Turkey Season WMA lottery hunts for regular and youth hunters are also now available on the LDWF website. Those forms are located at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov.

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