2017-18 Waterfowl season dates, bag limits, etc.

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  1. Steel3's

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    In case you didn't already know, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission effectively set the season dates, bag limits, etc. for next season at their April 6th meeting.

    http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/41013

    No real changes except the teal season (Friday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 30) and the pintail bag limit (reduced from 2 to 1).
     
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    What are the duck and goose season dates?
     
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    2017-18 Migratory Bird Seasons

    TEAL:Sept. 15 – 30

    WOODCOCK: Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

    DUCKS AND COOTS:

    Coastal Zone:November 11 – Dec. 3(Youth Nov. 4-5)
    December 16 – January 21

    West Zone: November 11 – December 3 (Youth Nov. 4 and
    December 16 - January 21 Jan. 27)

    East Zone: November 18 – December 3(Youth Nov. 11 and
    December 16 - January 28 Feb. 3)

    Daily Bag Limits: 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail.
    Daily bag limit on coots is 15.
    Mergansers - The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers, in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.
    Possession Limit - Three times the daily bag limit.
     
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    LIGHT GEESE (SNOW, BLUE and ROSS’) and WHITE-FRONTED GEESE

    North Zone:November 4 – December 3
    December 16 – February 11

    South Zone: November 4 – December 3
    December 16 – February 11

    Daily bag limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): 20
    Possession limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): None
    Daily Limit on white-fronted geese: 2
    Possession Limit on white-fronted geese: 6
     
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    Larry, remind me again why 3 zones. Reason I ask is two zones have the same dates. thx.
     
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    We have 3 zones because the hunters in NW Louisiana wanted to be able to set seasons separate from the Coastal hunters. The habitat is different (large reservoirs and piney woods as opposed to coastal prairie and marshes), and the harvest chronology 2001-2010 was slightly different in NW LA vs SE/SW despite the exact same season dates. So there was biological justification for a separate zone as well as hunter approval.

    But what we didn't know until the hunter-opinion survey of 2012 was that although NW LA hunters (defined by the new West Zone) did indeed want a separate zone for different hunting regulations than the coastal areas; some wanted a separate zone for EARLIER seasons, and some for LATER seasons. A vocal minority of hunters (mostly large reservoir hunters) want an earlier opener and no split; they don't care about hunt days in January. But a majority of NW LA hunters want later seasons.

    We tried a few things ..... a 4-week first split, later opener and a 5-day split, etc. ..... but it's difficult to rectify those 2 separate desires. Because of the way the calendar has been the last couple of years, with the timing of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when the season MUST be open, the best compromise has been to have the same season dates as the Coastal zone.

    That's probably why I've been contacted by one Commission member about getting the USFWS to allow a 2-zones/2-splits option that isn't currently available.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Larry. If yall weren't set in stone to open on a Sat. and close on a Sunday you could move dates around more. Keep youth hunts on a weekend day regardless. Also a weekend split where the season closed on thur or fri and opened back up on a monday would do more to reduce pressure than a mon-fri close. But any split should always include at least one weekend.
     

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