Public comment on the proposed 2018-2019 hunting seasons — resident and migratory game — and some early amendments to those dates, areas and bag limits announced in January are the main agenda items for Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

It’s scheduled for the first-floor Louisiana Room inside state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

While not on the agenda, there’s sure to be a discussion of any actions taken during last week’s Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting, and, possibly, any initial reaction to the state’s filing of an exempted fishing permit covering the next two years for the recreational red snapper season.

Other agenda items include:

  • Proposed 2018-2019 hunting on federal public lands;
  • An update on Louisiana’s black bear management;
  • and, the annual striped mullet stock assessment.

The meeting’s live webinar audio/video stream is available on the website: Gotowebinar.com at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1855119496543179009.

Eagle Expo expands

The Cajun Coast folks hit on a winner 12 years ago when, after we began seeing more and more bald eagles in the Verret and Atchafalaya basins, they decided to launch a celebration of our nation’s symbol in Morgan City.

For the most part, it was all eagles all the time, even to seminars on how to photograph these birds.

This year, for the 13th annual Eagle Expo, Cajun Coast boss lady Carrie Stansbury and her staff are adding a new dimension, a “Nature and Our Waterways” presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, the final day of the Feb. 22-24 event centered in Morgan City and Stephensville.

Stansbury said this expo-in-an-expo at the Morgan City Auditorium is open to all conservation, environmental and outdoors organizations to set up displays, exhibits and/or activity spaces and handle questions from the public. There’s a $25 registration fee.

A registration application is available from Stansbury’s staff. Call Cajun Coast (985) 380-8224 or email: info@cajuncoast.com for more information.

Licenses reminder

LDWF managers sent out a reminder earlier this week about the temporary set-up for license sales.

If you need to purchase a hunting or fishing license, or a state turkey stamp before April 2, then the only way to get them is a visit to state headquarters in Baton Rouge, from regional offices in Opelousas, Lake Charles, Alaxandria and Monroe, or through the agency’s website via Internet sale at: wlf.la.gov

Need help? Beginning Friday, you can call the LDWF’s 24-hour help desk (888) 362-5393.

Rain closure

Weekend rains have forced LDWF managers to close Dobbs Bay Road on the Richard Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish. All other roads are open for rabbit and squirrel hunters.