The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recently approved the 2014 wild turkey season framework, with opening day pegged for March 22.

The season will end on varying dates in the three designated areas as follows:

Area A:  March 22 - April 20

Area B:  March 22 - April 13 

Area C:  March 22 - April 6 

Each area will use the same geographic boundaries utilized in 2013, except for a small portion of Area B in Caddo Parish that is closed, according to a press release.

The private lands youth and physically-challenged hunter weekend will be March 15-16 in all areas, the release states.

Additionally, on USFWS-managed national wildlife refuges and US Army Corps of Engineer properties, the following turkey hunting dates will be available:

Bogue Chitto NWR: March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 13.

Lake Ophelia NWR: March 15 (youth lottery), plus March 22 - April 6 (hunts end at 12 noon).

Tensas NWR: March 15-16 (youth), plus March 22 - April 6.

Upper Ouachita NWR: March 15 (youth lottery).

Indian Bayou USACOE: March 15-16 (youth and physically challenged), March 22-23 and 29-30. All lottery hunts.

Old River USACOE: March 22 - April 6. 

Turkey hunting dates on Kisatchie National Forest will include youth lottery hunts on March 15 on all Ranger Districts except Forest Service land within the Ft. Polk/Vernon WMA. The regular turkey season within the Caney Ranger District will run from March 22 - April 6, and from March 22 - April 13 on all other Kisatchie Ranger Districts.

WMA turkey season and rule changes include:

Noting the name change of Three Rivers / Red River WMAs to Richard K. Yancey WMA.

Clarification of lottery hunt rules to allow youth to apply for both youth and regular lottery hunts.

Dropping the GPS requirement on Tunica Hills WMA.

Adding an open hunt on Pomme de Terre WMA from April 16-20.

Replacing two, 3-day lottery hunts on Union WMA with a 2-day lottery hunt March 29-30, and a 7-day open hunt March 31 - April 6 and youth lottery hunt weekend on March 15-16

Moving Sabine WMA’s first regular lottery hunt to March 28-30.

Dropping the second Pearl River WMA youth hunt.