Re: Coastal Zones dates
August 06, 2015 at 2:27pm
Dates are out:
From the above NOLA article:
In a split vote Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission elected to change the dates for the 2015-16 duck season from those proposed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Normally, the season in the state's Coastal Zone opens the second Saturday of November. This year, that would have been Nov. 14, which was the proposal presented at the monthly commission meeting by Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.
But three other commissioners backed a proposal by Chad Courville to move the opener a week earlier, to Nov. 7, which will cost hunters a week at the end of January. The original department proposal called for the season to close Jan. 24, but the commission elected to end it Jan. 17. That's a full two weeks earlier than what is allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As a result of the change, the youth weekend in the Coastal Zone was also moved up a week to Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The full duck season in the Coastal Zone will be Nov. 7-Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-Jan. 17.
In contrast to the Coastal Zone, the commission took seven days away from the first split in the West Zone, and tacked them to the end of the season.
The full duck season in the West Zone is Nov. 14-Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-Jan. 17. The youth season is Nov. 7 and Jan. 31.
The commission stuck with the department's proposal for the East Zone, establishing the season for Nov. 21-Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-Jan. 31. The youth season is Nov. 14 and Feb. 6.
The entire state will be closed to duck hunting Dec. 7-18.
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 canvasbacks, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads and two pintails.
Commissioners Billy Broussard, Ed Swindell and Bart Yakupzack joined Courville in voting for the changes. Commissioner Dan Davis and Chairman Pat Manuel voted against Courville's motion. Commissioner Ronny Graham was absent.
I figure there will be plenty of comment from hunters on one side or the other of the Nov. 7 vs Nov. 14 Coastal Zone opener issue.
My own observations are that some years there's lots of birds by Halloween, some years only a few by the first full weekend in November. It's a gamble with mother nature, just hope for another October and November like last year with regard to fronts coming early and often. Good luck guys.