Over the past two weeks, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has issued multiple proposals concerning hunting season dates for ducks and migratory birds and a notice of intent regarding control of the feral hog population.
Both the hunting season dates and the proposed hog control rules remain open for comment by the public throughout July and a portion of August.
Proposed duck hunting dates for the east zone, which includes Morehouse and all surrounding parishes, are Nov. 22 to Dec. 7 and Dec. 13 to Jan. 25 with youth hunt dates of Nov. 8 and Jan. 24.
According to the LDWF, these proposed dates were selected based on preferences noted in past waterfowl hunter surveys conducted by the department through the mail and online surveys.
A framework for the 2014-15 duck hunting season will provide for a daily bag limit of six and a possession limit of 18. Hunters must have both federal and state waterfowl stamps.
These dates will not be finalized until the Aug. 7 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. Comments on proposed dates can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 225.765.0456.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be accepting comments until Aug. 30 regarding a notice of intent for the establishment of permit regulations for aerial feral hog control.
The new regulations were developed as a response to Act 592, which Governor Bobby Jindal signed after the 2014 Legislative Session.
R.S. 56:112, which addresses the disposal of birds or quadrupeds becoming a nuisance, previously stated:
"If any species of wild bird or wild quadruped herein protected shall at any time in any locality become so destructive of private property as to be a nuisance, the secretary may direct any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this Subpart, or any reputable citizen of this state, to take and dispose of such species of bird or quadruped in the manner and under the conditions specified by the secretary."
Act 592 amended R.S. 56:112 to allow the taking of nuisance quadrupeds by use of aircraft.
According to the LDWF, under the new proposal, an aviation company could file an application for a LDWF permit to use aircraft to assist in taking feral hogs. A landowner or a group of property owners would also have to contact LDWF to provide permission for a permit holder to take the hogs on a specific property or group of properties and can grant permission to the company to use subagents to assist in hog control efforts.
The regulations also outline necessary safety training for any subagents to complete before beginning aerial hog control efforts.
Any citizen who wishes to comment on the proposal can email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the LDWF Wildlife Division at P.O. Box 98000; Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 before the deadline.