RABBIT

Statewide: Oct. 3-Feb. 29. Daily limit is 8. Possession limit 24.

SQUIRREL

Statewide: Oct. 3-Feb. 29 & May 7-29, 2016. Daily limit is 8. Possession limit 24 during the fall/winter season. Daily limit is 3, possession limit 9 during spring 2016 season. The May season is open on all private lands statewide, but closed in the Kisatchie National Forest, all national wildlife refuges, Army Corps of Engineers property and some wildlife management areas.

WMA Youth-Only Squirrel Hunts: Sept. 26-27, Bodcau, Boeuf, Clear Creek, Jackson-Bienville, Little River, Maurepas Swamp, Pearl River, Russell Sage, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou & West Bay WMAs; and, federal Indian Bayou Area. WMA spring season: May 2-10 on most, but not all, WMAs.

QUAIL/PHEASANT

Statewide: Nov. 21-Feb. 29. Quail daily limit is 10. Possession limit 30. No limit on pheasants.

Licensed commercial preserves: Statewide, Oct. 1-April 30. Penraised birds only. No daily/possession limits.

2016 TURKEY SEASON

Area A: March 26-April 24. Area B: March 26-April 17. Area C: March 26-April 10.

Youth/Physically Challenged Weekend: March 21-22. Private lands only with the daily limit of 1 gobbler and a season limit of 2 gobblers. Turkey hunters must have state-issued tags in their possession while hunting, and must affix the tag to a gobbler before removing it from the field.

Complete WMA & National Wildlife Refuge hunting schedules listed in 2015-2016 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

SHOOTING HOURS

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Exceptions are on most wildlife management areas and national wildlife refuges. Specific hours are listed in the 2015-2016 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

NUTRIA

Statewide: Sept. 1-Feb. 29. Daily limit is 5. Pelting or selling meat is illegal except by licensed trappers during trapping season. Steel shot mandated for shotguns. Hunters must remove carcass in “whole” condition from the hunting area, except that the nutria can be field dressed.

OTHER SPECIES

Raccoon & opossum: No closed season.

Bobcats: Experimental year-round season on private property, state wildlife management areas, the Kisatchie National Forest, and six tracts of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ lands. Closed on state wildlife refuges and other federally owned refuges/lands. Limit is one per calendar year, and hunter must have a state big-game license.

Crows & blackbirds: Sept. 1-Jan. 1, statewide. Crows, blackbirds, cowbirds & grackles can be taken year round during legal shooting hours if these species are considered “depredating” or causing a health hazard. Federal law requires nontoxic shot for taking these four species under a “special depredation order,” and requires filing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report.

Outlaw quadrupeds: Legally licensed hunters can take coyotes, feral hogs, armadillos, nutria and beaver all year on private lands. Nighttime hunting is allowed from Feb. 29 to one-half hour after sunset on Aug. 31 but only after notifying the parish sheriff.

Although care has been taken to assure the accuracy of these regulations, hunters should refer to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ hunting and waterfowl pamphlets to confirm dates, regulations, area/zone descriptions and regulations and dates for wildlife management areas. Maps of WMAs and national wildlife preserves are available at LDWF state and field offices.