L.W.F.C. Sets Tentative 2011-12 Migratory Waterfowl Season

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2011-12 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 4 meeting. The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission, after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Following a comment period that began after the July commission meeting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended a 60-day season for ducks, coots and mergansers. In the West Zone, the first segment will open on Nov. 12 and close on Dec. 4. The second segment will open on Dec. 17 and run through Jan. 22. In the East Zone, the first segment will go from Nov. 19 to 27. The second segment will last from Dec. 10 to Jan. 29.

A proposal to move the Youth waterfowl weekend to the weekend during the splits was revised by LDWF based on a majority of public comments received. Those comments favored keeping that weekend opportunity for youth prior to the season opening dates in both zones. The revised Youth waterfowl weekend dates proposed by the department and adopted by the commission are Nov. 5-6 in the West Zone and Nov. 12-13 in the East Zone.

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads.

The daily bag limit on coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which only two may be hooded mergansers. The merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.

The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is twice the daily bag limit.

SeasonDatesDaily Bag LimitPossession Limit
RailsSept. 10-25, Nov 12-Jan 4King and Clapper Sora and Virginia King and Clapper Sora and Virginia
15 in the aggregate25 in the aggregate30 in the aggregate25 in the aggregate
GallinulesSept. 10-25, Nov 12-Jan 41530
SnipeWest ZoneEast Zone
Nov 5-Dec 7, Dec 17-Feb 28Nov 5-30, Dec 10-Feb 28816
WoodcockDec. 18- Jan. 3136
Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged and Cinnamon only)Sept. 10-2548
Mourning, White-winged, fully dressed Eurasian Collared and Ringed-turtle DovesNorth ZoneSouth Zone15 in the aggregate30 in the aggregate
Sept. 3-18, Oct. 8 - Nov. 6 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 2Sept. 3-11, Oct. 15 - Nov. 27 and Dec. 17 - Jan. 2
Ducks, Coots andMergansersWest ZoneEast ZoneSee “Ducks and Coots” section for more details.
Nov 12-Dec 4, Dec 17-Jan22Nov 19-27, Dec 10-Jan 29
Youth Waterfowl HuntsNov 5-6Nov 12-13Bag limits are the same as regular duck season. See “Ducks and Coots” section for more details.
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross')Nov 12-Dec 4, Dec 17-Feb 5Nov 5-27, Dec 10-Jan 2920None
White-fronted Geese (Specklebelly)24
Canada GooseDec 17-Jan 292 in aggregatewith White-fronts