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Season Dates & Regulations

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

 

 

Get your Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana Waterfowl Hunters can purchase Federal Duck Stamp online and through license vendors.

  • At U.S. Post Offices and at www.duckstamp.com -$15.00
  • From Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fishes (LDWF) license vendors,  online licensingwww.wlf.louisiana.gov ,by phone (1-877-447-1318), – $16.72.

The Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters, including those who are not required to purchase a hunting license.  Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt.  Hunters, who purchase their Federal Duck Stamp online, phone or mobile, will receive a confirmation number.  If you purchase your stamp from a Retail vendor, LDWF online licensing, you will receive a printed receipt.  Both confirmation number and the printed receipt will be accepted as evidence of the purchase for 45 days and must be possessed while hunting waterfowl.  The paper stamp will be mailed to the purchaser.  The proof of purchase will expire after 45 days from the date of purchase.  All Federal duck stamps expire on June 30, regardless of when issued.

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