LDWF sets tentative 2013-14 migratory waterfowl season dates
West opens Nov. 16; East opens Nov. 23; Coastal opens Nov. 9
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The LDWF commission tentatively approved a 60-day season waterfowl season, starting Nov. 16 in the west, Nov. 23 in the east and Nov. 9 in the coastal zone.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted today to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2013-14 migratory waterfowl season.
The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
LDWF recommended a 60-day season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the three zones for the 2013-14 season. Shooting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until sunset.
In the West Zone, the first split will open on Nov. 16 and close on Dec. 15, with the second split starting on Dec. 21 and running through Jan. 19.
In the East Zone, the first split will run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8, and the second split will start Dec. 14 and end Jan. 26.
In the Coastal Zone, the first split will open on Nov. 9 and close on Dec. 1, and the second split will open on Dec. 14 and run through Jan. 19.
Youth waterfowl hunts will be held Nov. 9 and Jan. 26 in the West Zone, Nov. 16 and Feb. 1 in the East Zone and Nov. 2-3 in the Coastal Zone.
The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), two pintails, two canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, three scaup and two redheads.
The daily bag limit on coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which only two may be hooded mergansers. The merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.
The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.
Light geese and white-fronted geese will have a 74-day season. The first split in the West Zone will open on Nov. 16 and close on Dec. 15. The second split in the West Zone will run from Dec. 21 to Feb. 2. The first split in the East Zone will open on Nov. 9 and run until Dec. 8. The East Zone second split will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 26. In the Coastal Zone, the season on light and white-fronted geese will be Nov. 9 to Dec.1 and Dec. 14 to Feb. 2. The daily bag limit on light geese is 20, with no possession limit. The daily limit on white-fronted geese is two, with a possession limit of six, however when the Canada goose season is open, the limit on white-fronted and Canada geese will be three per day of which no more than two can be white-fronted.
The Canada goose season in the West Zone will open on Nov. 16 and close on Dec. 15. The second split in the West Zone will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 31. The first split in the East Zone will open on Nov. 9 and run until Dec. 8. The East Zone second split will run from Dec. 14 to Jan. 26. In the Coastal Zone, the first split will be Nov. 9 to Dec.1 and the second split will be Dec. 14 to Jan. 31.
There will not be a Canada goose season in a small area of southwest Louisiana. That closure zone includes the following area: Beginning at the Texas state line, proceeding east along Hwy. 82 to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, then north along the Calcasieu Ship Channel to its junction with the Intracoastal Canal, then east along the Intracoastal Canal to its juncture with LA Hwy 82, then south along La. Hwy. 82 to its juncture with Parish road 3147 to Freshwater Bayou Canal, then south to the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas state line, then north to the point of beginning at La. Hwy. 82. Open waters of Lake Arthur and the Mermentau River, from the Hwy. 14 bridge southward, will also be closed to Canada goose hunting.
The daily limit for Canada geese is three dark geese of which no more than two can be white-fronted geese. The possession limit is nine for Canada geese.
The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open the first split in the West Zone on Dec. 16 and run to Dec. 20, and the second split will run from Feb. 3 to March 2. The first split in the East Zone will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, and the second split will run from Jan. 27 to March 2. The first split in the Coastal Zone will run from Dec. 2 to 13, and the second split from Feb. 3 to March 2. During this time, only snow, blue and Ross geese may be taken and daily bag and possession limits are eliminated. The use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns is allowed. Shooting hours during the Conservation Order begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.
Rails and gallinules may be taken from Nov. 9 to Jan. 1. For King and Clapper rails, the daily limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 45. Sora and Virginia rails have a daily limit of 25 in the aggregate and a possession limit of 75. Gallinules have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 45.
Snipe season will open in the West Zone with the first split from Nov. 9 to Dec. 15, and the second split from Dec. 21 to Feb. 28. In the East Zone, the first split will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 8, with a second split running Dec. 14 to Feb. 28. The Coastal Zone’s first split is from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1 and the second split is from Dec. 14 to Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is 8 and the possession limit is 24.
An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 4 to Feb. 2.
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