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Season Dates & Regulations

Waterfowl Season 2018-19

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission have set the duck hunting and other migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2018-2019 season.

LDWF Public Meetings on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes to Begin Tuesday

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state, beginning Tuesday (Feb. 20) to present and gather comments on the proposed 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 hunting season, 2018-2019 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2019 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2018-2019 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.

Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
Click Here For A Schedule of Meetings


2018-19 Migratory Bird Seasons


South Zone:
Sept. 1 – 9
Oct. 6 – Nov. 25
Dec. 16 – Jan. 14

North Zone:
Sept. 1 – 23
Oct. 6 – Nov. 11
Dec. 16 – Jan. 14

Sept. 15 – 30

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31


Coastal Zone:
November 10 – Dec. 2          (Youth Nov. 3-4)
December 15 – January 20

West Zone:
November 10 – December 2      (Youth Nov. 3 and Jan. 26)
December 15 – January 20

East Zone:
November 17 – December 2      (Youth Nov. 10 and Feb. 2)
December 15 – January 27

Daily Bag Limits:
6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females), 2 canvasbacks, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, and 2 pintails.

The 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.


 North Zone:
November 3– December 2
December 15 – February 10

South Zone:
November 3 – December 2
December 15 – February 10

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


Get your Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana waterfowl hunters can purchase a Federal Duck Stamp online and through license vendors.

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 or LDWF online licensing, you will receive a printed receipt. Both the confirmation number and 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.

Download PDF File Here

 Complete Waterfowl Schedule