The 2014-15 dove season is expected to include an opening day that begins a half hour before sunrise instead of the traditional noon kick-off when the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves the season structure next month.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries told commissioners biologists would make the recommendation after surveys showed 59 percent of hunters preferred an earlier opening.
The recommended season structure will include a 90-day season, which is a 20-day increase compared to last season.`
A 15-bird daily bag also will be part of the LDWF recommendations.
If approved, specific season dates would be:
• Sept. 6-28 (seven extra days)
• Oct. 11-Nov. 9
• Dec. 10-Jan. 15 (13 additional days)
• Sept. 6-14
• Oct. 11-Dec. 3 (10 additional days)
• Dec. 20-Jan. 15 (extra 10 days)
The Commission will make a final decision on the matter at its July meeting.