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Hunting season changes amended

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Commissioner Patrick Morrow just withdrew his proposal to move deer-hunting seasons dates in Areas 1 & 6, which means the proposed season dates would remain as it was last year in both areas.

Public comments are ongoing right now, but it looks like the shift of the season won't happen.

I'll provide an update when the final decision is made on which proposal moves forward.
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A story on the Commission's action today is on the front page.
Please tell me this is an April fools joke! This is a long over due change that needs to take place! While most all other areas get to hunt both ruts we are barely able to hunt our first one. Not to mention having numerous pictures of spotted fawns in November. If there is any other steps we ( as the public) can take to help move this in the express lane let us know. Thanks!
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The commission unanimously voted to discard the proposal to shift the deer-season dates in Areas 1 & 6. They voted to go back to the same season composition those two areas had last season and encouraged the department to study the matter more.
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   3030win
The WLF wants less hunters in these areas. If your seeing spotted fawns in season means there is too many other deer taken,by this, leaving young deer. If this area needed more deer taken then WLF would give us better days to hunt. Don't you see it? It's a way to control hunters. I will be looking into a couple of other WMA that give me better days, rather then spending my time fighting to get something changed with the WLF. Sooner or later I & others will be hunting in other states.
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you can thank the whiny bow hunters for this,they made enough noise about losing a couple of bow only days at the end of the season.its a shame since they only make up about a quarter of all deer hunters.
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   cajun1953
Heck still to many doe days below the bayou sorrel locks with all the high water not many doe left in this area which will lead to less bucks also.
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   hunt r
Late fawns are caused by an unbalanced deer herd with too many does per buck. Extending the season will not help this. The way to change this is to not kill so many bucks before and during the rut. That's one reason the "big buck states" do not allow gun hunting till after the rut. Never hunted area 6 but this is true for area 1. The late born deer will be "shorthorn spikes" their first year and 16" spread 6 or 8 pts. at 41/2 yrs. of age, they grow into nice bucks but never compare with normal born deer. To solve this problem you must let more bucks survive till the first rut to prevent a "trickle" effect. This also causes more "chasing" by young bucks which stresses the herd and causes the deer to go nocturnal.
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   cullin
WRONG!! Tell the people at Giles Island that. I hunt in Area 6 and I have seen bucks chasin does RIGHT NOW during Turkey season. We don't have a "Rut" at all. Maybe 2 days around Janurary 10th or so and thats it.
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Yes I am sure bow hunters didn't help with the decision. I don't know why they have such a big problem with it. They can still bow hunt during rifle! As for letting the bucks walk till after the first rut...? How can this be done if the season is over at the end of the first rut? Our buck to doe ratio isn't that far from being right, I know this because we have been on DMAP for quite some time and the whole club sees the results. The ratio being near perfect leads me to believe it's not an over population of does. Especially when I head out to the woods for some scouting the second week in Febuary and signs of the second rut are just starting to fire up. Besides, all the other areas have hunted both their ruts for years and there has never been a problem found!
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Good deal
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I really thought this was going to go through. I'm not so sure about buying into blaming the bowhunters though. That could be the case, I don't know, but if you look at the proposed schedule changes, the ones who might benefit the most are bowhunters and primitive weapons guys. Bowhunters would get to hunt all of October 1-Nov. 12 by themselves plus the last half of Feb. The so-said later rut would mean bowhunters alone could take bucks in late Feb. instead of the first 2 weeks of Feb. as it is now.

Anyway, like I said before, letting some bucks round around during the late rut to breed without hunting pressure is not such a bad thing (good parts of area 6 don't have too high of a deer density to begin with) but I can understand the disappointment some hunters might have not being as able to take advantage of the situation.
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Great News
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   hunt r
cullin, i'll be glad to tell anybody in area 1 that. Yes the bucks are still chasing does in these areas, i even saw a 6 or 8 pt. yesterday on Buckhorn WMA that still had his horns. That doesn't make it good for the herd. When we first came to Tensas we found the same thing. We even went with Tensas Refuge rules not allowing does to be killed till Nov.1 because the fawns still had spots. We were protecting the wrong deer. By changing our harvest strategy we changed the intensity and the timing of our rut, now you see very little chasing after Jan.15 on our property.Most of our fawns are now born earlier and have small racks or at least long spikes at 11/2 and our 41/2 yr. olds much bigger on average. However i will admit it leads to more broken racks.
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   vineytree
The proposal could have used some adjusting, but I felt that it was better than nothing. I would take less of a gun season if I where able to hunt with my rifle in Febuary. Im not sure if the bucks have lost there horns yet, but I do know for a fact that I saw one with my on eyes in the middle of March chasing a doe. P.S. if you see a spotted fawn in January when was it's mother bred any info will be appreciated
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Good deal...we killed more deer this year on the club than we have ever killed. Most of them were 8 pt. why change.
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   wschamp98
obviously the Commission doesn't have an idea as to what is really going on in specific area's. While I do agree that the change would affect other area's that are working well right now (and we shouldn't change those area's). I.E. -East and West Felicianta. To me the Commission is saying to hell with the area's that are being negatively impacted by the way the current seasons are. Keep it like it is.
Why is Mississippi already on the shifting of the season and LA doesn't know what to do?
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   vannoy
We the unfarely treated hunters of area 6 need to start our own special interest group to be heard. We have to submit it to the WLF behind closed doors so that no one else will know about it before the meeting. I hunt public land in area 6 and my season ends on the first day of the rut in area 6. UNITE BROTHERS GET A LARGER LOBBY THAN ANYONE ELSE. We are the majority start to make noise that does not go away. Talk it up with your friends and fellow hunters and DO NOT LET UP! Ask wardens why every time you see one. Email your commissioner or invite him to a meeting with a group of your peers. Start a petition on your club. These people are supposed to be representing YOU! Lisense fees everything you do to improve habitat, food plots,letting a buck walk. These are things we do to improve the herd that we can not even hunt in the prime time. I am making noise and i am just getting started. Your voice counts lets here some noise out there be a part of the solution.
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   Johnyd883
amen brother amen!
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yeah i didn't like the chnage much, glad they didn't.. If they are gonna extend the season i think they need to open it later rather than that split. Also didn't like the changes to bowhunting one bit....
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   wschamp98
that a bunch of rabbit hunters showed up at the hearing in numbers and bulldozed the commission to withdraw their proposal to shift the deer season back. What should have been and easy vote turned into chaos. I urge all deer hunting clubs to take control of their clubs so that they can improve their club, the season and the hunt. If the rabbits hunters are so insistent on stopping what should have been a no brainer, then let them get together and form a rabbit hunting club and keep out of the deer clubs. Then they wouldn't have to worry about the deer season interfering with their rabbit hunt.
By the way. I used to own rabbit dogs and love to hunt rabbits as much as the next guy. BUT, I'm a member of a deer hunting club to hunt DEER. The clubs need to take control of their own destiny. At the next commission meeting (and it's not until next year) we will show up in numbers. All deer clubs will be there.
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   boug23
In my opinion this was a total cop out by the commission. The data clearly exists to show that the rut in West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, Iberville and Point Coupee occurs significantly later than the current season dates. If we can't run Wildlife & Fisheries with data then we'll forever be bowing to politics and special interest groups.
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I agree that it was a cop out. I am sure as soon as the proposal was made they started catching heat from the guys that disapproved. It's easier to just leave things the way they are sometimes, but that's not the way things are improved! I believe there is a higher number of deer hunters and the commission would better suit their needs first, I guess this is not so.
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