Hunting season dates receive approval

Dates for the special September teal, rails and gallinules and the woodcock seasons were approved Tuesday by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Also outlined by state biologists are the proposed 2014 spring turkey season dates and bag limits:

TEAL

Sept. 14-29 statewide with a daily limit of 6 and a possession limit of 18. Season is limited to the taking of bluewing, greenwing and cinnamon teal. Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required.

RAILS AND GALLINULES

Sept. 14-29 with the balance of the 70-day seasons for these species set when the migratory waterfowl seasons are set in August. Limits for king and clapper rails and common and purple gallinules are 15 per day each in the aggregate of the two subspecies of the two species or rails and gallinules, and 25 per day for the aggregate of sora and Virginia rails. The possession limits are three times the daily limits.

WOODCOCK

Dec. 18-Jan. 31 with a daily limit of 3 and a possession limit of 9.

DOVES

SOUTH ZONE: Sept. 7-15, Oct. 19-Dec. 1 and Dec. 21-Jan. 6.

NORTH ZONE: Sept. 7-22, Oct. 12-Nov. 10 and Dec. 14-Jan. 6.

Daily limit is 15. Possession limit is 45. Mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared doves and ringed turtle doves.
Note: There are no daily bag nor possession limits on Eurasian collared doves and ringed turtle doves provided hunters leave a full feathered wing and head on birds. Fully dressed Eurasian collared doves and ringed turtle doves must be included in the daily bag limit.

SHOOTING HOURS

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the Sept. 7 opening day of the dove season when hours are noon-sunset.

PROPOSED TURKEY SEASON

AREA A: March 22-April 20.

AREA B: March 22-April 13.

AREA C: March 22-April 6.

YOUTH AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WEEKEND: March 15-16.

Public comment about these dates, lottery hunts and special hunts on state wildlife management areas and national wildlife refuges will be accepted through Oct. 3.

Final ratification for the 2014 spring turkey season is Nov. 7.