The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates
for the 2011-2012 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their
July 7 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, are tentative pending U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service approval.
The proposed dove season is broken down into a north and south
zone with each zone having three segments and includes mourning,
white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves. The dove
season in the south zone would go from Sept. 3-11, Oct. 15 – Nov.
27 and Dec. 17 – Jan. 2. The north zone would be from Sept. 3-18,
Oct. 8 – Nov. 6 and Dec. 10 -Jan. 2. The daily bag limit for
mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves
and ringed-turtle doves would be 15 in aggregate and possession of
30 in aggregate. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian
collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully
feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird.
Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves
(those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached
to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.
The following boundary divides the dove season zones: Beginning
at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La.
Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along
U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east
along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along
I-10 to the Mississippi state line.
Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal season would last
from Sept. 10 – 25 with a daily bag limit of four and a possession
limit of 8. Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to
Rail and gallinule seasons are proposed to last 70 days. The
first segment would be open from Sept. 10 – 25. The other segment
will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons. King and
clapper rails would have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession
limit of 30. Sora and Virginia rails would have a daily and
possession limit totaling 25. Common and purple gallinules would
have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 30.
Under the proposal, woodcock season would last 45 days from Dec.
18 – Jan. 31. A three-bird daily bag limit and a six-bird
possession limit would be allowed.
Snipe season will be set in August.
Shooting and hawking hours for dove, woodcock, rail, teal and
gallinules are tentatively set for half an hour before sunrise to
sunset, except for a 12 noon start time on the first day of dove
season on Sept. 3, 2011.
Extended falconry mourning dove season would open from Sept. 19
– Oct. 4. Extended falconry woodcock season would open from Oct. 27
– Dec. 16 and will reopen from Feb. 1-11. The falconry daily bag
limit would be three and possession limit of six birds for all
permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and
regular hunting seasons. Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails
and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl