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Migratory Game Bird Schedules

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Shooting & Hawking Hours

  1. Ducks, Geese, Teal, Rail, Gallinule, Snipe and Woodcock: One-Half Hour before sunrise to sunset, EXCEPT
  2. Shooting hours for Snipe at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish, including the Conservation Order, shall end at 2 p.m.
  3. Shooting hours for Waterfowl ends at 2:00 pm on all WMAs EXCEPT on Atchafalaya Delta, Biloxi, Lake Boeuf, Pass-a-Loutre, Pointe-aux-Chenes and Salvador/Timken WMAs. Consult individual WMA Hunting Schedules for shooting hours.
  4. Mourning Dove: One-Half Hour before sunrise to sunset EXCEPT for opening day of the first split on WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields where shooting hours will be 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset, EXCEPT for Elbow Slough WMA, which will be open one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

2018-2019 Migratory Game Bird Schedule

Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning and White-winged Doves and fully-dressed Eurasian Collared and Ringed Turtle Doves South Zone:

Sept. 1-9 Oct. 6 – Nov. 25 Dec. 16 – Jan. 14

15

in the aggregate

45

in the aggregate

North Zone:

Sept. 1-23 Oct. 6 – Nov. 11 Dec. 16 – Jan. 14

Woodcock Dec. 18 – Jan. 31 3 9
Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged and Cinnamon) Sept. 15-30 6 18
King and Clapper Rails Sept. 15-30

Nov. 10 – Jan. 2

15

in the aggregate

45

in the aggregate

Sora and Virginia Rails Sept. 15-30

Nov. 10 – Jan. 2

25

in the aggregate

75

in the aggregate

Gallinules Sept. 15-30

Nov. 10 – Jan. 2

15 45
Snipe Nov. 2 – Dec. 2

Dec. 15 – Feb. 28

8 24
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers Coastal Zone:

Nov. 3-4 (Youth Only)

Nov. 10 – Dec. 2

Dec. 15 – Jan. 20

West Zone:

Nov. 3 (Youth Only)

Nov. 10 – Dec. 2

Dec. 15 – Jan. 20

Jan. 26 (Youth Only)

East Zone:

Nov. 10 (Youth Only)

Nov. 17 – Dec. 2

Dec. 15 – Jan. 27

Feb. 2 (Youth Only)

See Ducks, Coots and Mergansers section for more details
Canada Geese* Nov. 3 – Dec. 2 Dec. 15 – Jan. 31 1 3
Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross’) Nov. 3 – Dec. 2 Dec. 15 – Feb. 10 20 None
White-fronted Geese Nov. 3 – Dec. 2 Dec. 15 – Feb. 10 2 6
Conservation Order for Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross’) Dec. 3-14 Feb. 11 – March 10 No bag or possession limit. See “Geese” section for more detail
Falconry for Ducks Nov. 3 – Jan. 31 Falconry daily bag and possession limit for all permitted migratory game birds must not exceed 3 and 9 birds respectively, singly or in aggregate, during the extended falconry seasons and regular hunting seasons.
Falconry for Rails and Gallinules Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
Falconry for Woodcock Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
Extended Falconry for Mourning Doves Sept. 15 – Oct. 1