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2017 – 2018 Proposed Waterfowl Dates

Waterfowl Season 2017-18

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved duck hunting and other migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2017-2018 season at their April 6, 2017 meeting. The only noteworthy changes are to the Teal Season dates (we are opening on Friday, Sept. 15 and running through Saturday, September 30) and the pintail bag limit (reduced from 2 to 1)

 

 

2017-18 Migratory Bird Seasons

DOVES:

South Zone:
Sept. 2 – 10
Oct. 7 – Nov. 26
Dec. 17 – Jan. 15

North Zone:
Sept. 2 – 24
Oct. 7 – Nov. 12
Dec. 17 – Jan. 15

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 Jan. 27)
December 16 – January 21

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

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.

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

CANADA GEESE: 

North Zone:
November 4 – December 3
December 16 – January 31

South Zone:
November 4 – December 3
December 16 – January 31

Daily Limit on Canada geese: 1 per day

Possession limit on Canada geese: 3

CONSERVATION ORDER FOR LIGHT GEESE (SNOW, BLUE AND ROSS’S):

North Zone:
December 4 – December 15
February 12 – March 11

South Zone:
December 4 – December 15
February 12 – March 11

Only snow, blue and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits.  During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.

RAILS:

          September 15 – 30
November 11 – January 3

KING AND CLAPPER: Daily bag is 15 in aggregate, Possession 45.

SORA AND VIRGINIA: Daily bag is 25 in aggregate, Possession 75.

GALLINULES:

          September 15 – 30
November 11 – January 3

Daily bag limit 15, Possession limit 45

SNIPE:

November 2 – December 3
December 16 – February 28

Daily bag limit 8, Possession limit 24