Even though duck hunting season is a few months away, wildlife enthusiasts and state officials are already marking the calendars. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission gave tentative approval for proposed hunting dates for the upcoming season.
The following is a press release from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries:
July 3, 2012 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission tentatively approved proposed duck hunting dates for the 2012-2013 season at their July 2 meeting.
The dates were presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the new three-zone waterfowl season framework that now includes a coastal zone, added recently to the east-west zone configuration that had been in place for decades.
The proposed duck season dates for 2012-2013 are as follows:
Coastal Zone: Nov. 10 – Dec. 2 and Dec. 15 – Jan. 20 (Youth Hunt Nov. 3-4)
East Zone: Nov. 17 – 25 and Dec. 8 – Jan. 27. (Youth Hunt Feb. 2-3)
West Zone: Nov. 10 – Dec. 9, and Dec. 22 – Jan. 20. (Youth Hunt Nov. 3-4)
The dates recommended reflect preferences noted in the recent waterfowl hunter survey conducted by the Department via a mail-out and an on-line survey form.
The public can comment on the proposed season dates until Aug. 2 by sending comments to: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.