Louisiana Sets Tentative 2010-11 Migratory Waterfowl Seasons

Louisiana Sets Tentative 2010-11 Migratory Waterfowl Seasons
Louisiana Sets Tentative 2010-11 Migratory Waterfowl Seasons
From The Outdoor Wire

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2010-11 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 5 meeting. The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission, after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is once again recommending a 60-day season be adopted for ducks and coots. In the West Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 13 and close on Dec. 5. The second segment will open on Dec. 18 and run through Jan. 23. In the East Zone, the first segment will go from Nov. 20 to Dec. 5. The second segment will last from Dec. 18 to Jan. 30.

Youth waterfowl weekend in the West Zone is Nov. 6-7 and in the East Zone Nov. 13-14.

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, two 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 twice the daily bag limit.


Light geese and white-fronted geese will have a 72-day season. The first segment in the West Zone will open on Nov. 13 and close on Dec. 5. The second segment in the West Zone will run from Dec. 18 to Feb. 4. The first segment in the East Zone will open on Nov. 8 and run until Dec. 5. The second segment will run from Dec. 18 to Jan. 30. 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 four. When the Canada goose season is open, the limit is two dark geese (white-fronted and Canada) of which no more than one can be a Canada goose.

The Canada goose season will be from Dec. 18 to Jan. 30 statewide, except for a small closure area in southwest Louisiana. The daily limit for Canada geese is one in aggregate with white-fronted geese and the possession limit is two in aggregate with white-fronted geese. So the daily bag limit will allow two dark geese (white-fronted and Canada geese), no more than one of which may be a Canada goose.

The Statewide Conservation Order for light geese will open in the West Zone on Dec. 6, and the first segment will close on Dec. 17. The second segment in the West Zone will run from Feb. 5 to March 13. The first segment in the East Zone will run from Dec. 6 to 17, and the second segment will be from Jan. 31 to March 13. 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 permitted. Shooting hours during the Conservation Order begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.


Rails may be taken from Nov. 13 to Jan. 5. For King and Clapper rails, the daily limit is 15 in the aggregate with a possession limit of 30. Sora and Virginia rails have a daily and possession limit of 25 in the aggregate.

Gallinule season will open on Nov. 13 and close on Jan. 5. The daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 30.

Snipe may be taken in the first segment from Nov. 6 to Dec. 10 and from Dec. 18 to Feb. 27 in the second segment, with a daily bag limit of eight and a possession limit of 16.


Shooting hours for migratory bird hunting, except for the Conservation Order, are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish where shooting hours, including the Conservation Order, end at 2 p.m.

An extended falconry season for ducks, rails and gallinules will take place from Nov. 6 to Feb. 4.

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