Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/07/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notices of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Jan. 7, 2016 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons, 2016-17 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2017 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2016-17 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.
 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
This year is the first inclusion of waterfowl seasons, regulations and bag limits in the annual NOI process.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:
 
Incorporation of former Deer Area 5 into Deer Area 1 and the creation of a new Deer Area 5 within the levee protection system of the Atchafalaya Basin;
 
Implementation of mandatory hunter check-in for either-sex firearms deer hunts on several WMAs, including Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Big Lake, Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre, Richard K. Yancey, Russell Sage and Sherburne;
 
Modification of allowable weapons to be carried for protection purposes on WMAs, which will expand allowances on such weapons to be more consistent with changes to Title 56 last year;
 
Expansion on allowance for personal water craft on WMAs, to allow such on all WMAs rather than on a select few during a specified time of year;
 
Elimination of February hog dog season on Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills and Richard K. Yancey WMAs;
 
Creation of a limited access area within Dewey W. Wills WMA;
 
Elimination of a limited access area within Salvador/Timken WMA;
 
Benchmark deer season closure for Maurepas Swamp WMA;
 
Prohibition on the operation of mud boats and air cooled propulsion engines after 2 p.m. from September-January on Pass-a-Loutre WMA;
 
Change of youth turkey lottery hunts on Bodcau and Jackson Bienville WMAs to open youth turkey hunts;
 
Addition of squirrel and rabbit hunting with dogs during February on Thistlethwaite WMA.
To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., April 6, 2016.
 
Additionally, LDWF will collect public comment at public hearings to be held at the following locations:
 
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400, Lafayette;
 
Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Ag Center (next to Burton Coliseum, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles;
 
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dry Prong Community Center, 705 2nd St., Dry Prong;
 
Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 LA Hwy. 22, Ponchatoula
 
Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe;
 
Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium, 880 Verret St., Houma;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria;
 
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, 318-487-5885, or
ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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