More days, earlier opening-day hunts expected in 2014-15 dove season

LDWF to recommend opening day hunting beginning half hour before sunrise


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Dove hunters should get more days afield, as well as an earlier start to opening day, when the 2014-15 hunting season kicks off in September.
Dove hunters should get more days afield, as well as an earlier start to opening day, when the 2014-15 hunting season kicks off in September.

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:

North Zone

• Sept. 6-28 (seven extra days)

• Oct. 11-Nov. 9

• Dec. 10-Jan. 15 (13 additional days)

South Zone

• 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.






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