Major changes are on the way for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons, notably setting waterfowl season dates in the first half of the year, and consideration for a single deer-hunting area in the Atchafalaya Basin. Seasons and proposed changes for the 2016-2017 seasons will be outlined during Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

Hunting Dates

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 1: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, either sex.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 4: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, bucks only except either-sex day Jan. 3.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 7: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, bucks only.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 1: Jan. 4-24, still hunt only, either sex.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 4: Jan. 4-24, still hunt only, bucks only except either-sex days of Jan. 9-10 & Jan. 16-17.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREAS 3 & 8: Through Jan. 10, still hunt only, either sex.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREAS 5 & 10: Through Jan. 10 still hunt only, bucks only.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS/AREA 5: Jan. 11-17, still hunt only, either sex.

DOVES/NORTH & SOUTH ZONES: Through Jan. 15.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Jan. 15, State Deer Areas 3, 8 & 10; through Jan. 31, Areas 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7; through Feb. 15, Areas 6 & 9. Either-sex take allowed.

DUCKS/COASTAL ZONE: Through Jan. 17, second split.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 2: Through Jan. 17, with/without dogs, either sex.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS/AREA 2: Jan. 18-24, still hunt only, either sex.

DUCKS/WEST ZONE: Through Jan. 24, second split.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 6: Through Jan. 24, with/without dogs, either sex.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 9: Through Jan. 24, with/without dogs, bucks only except either-sex days Jan. 9-10.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS/AREAS 1, 4, 6 & 9: Jan. 25-31, still hunt only, either sex.

DUCKS/YOUTH-ONLY/WEST ZONE: Jan. 30, second date.

DUCKS/EAST ZONE: Through Jan. 31, second split.

CANADA GEESE/ALL ZONES: Through Jan. 31, second splits.

WOODCOCK: Through Jan. 31, statewide.

DUCKS/YOUTH-ONLY/EAST ZONE: Feb. 6, second date.

GEESE/ALL ZONES: Through Feb. 7, second split, includes specklebellies, blue, snow & Ross’ species.

CONSERVATION ORDER/GEESE/ALL ZONES: Feb. 8-March 6, second split. Take limited to blue, snow & Ross’ geese.

SNIPE/ALL ZONES: Through Feb. 28, second split.

QUAIL/SQUIRREL/RABBIT/NUTRIA: Statewide through Feb. 29.

SPECIAL SPRING TURKEY YOUTH/PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WEEKEND: March 19-20, statewide, private lands only. Also opened on Bogue Chitto & Tensas NMRs & open March 19 only on Lake Ophelia & Upper Ouachita NWRs.

SPRING TURKEY SEASONS: Area A lands, March 26-April 24; Area B lands, March 26-April 17; Area C lands, March 26-April 10. Private lands only. Open March 26-April 17, Bogue Chitto NWR; March 26-April 10, Lake Ophelia & Tensas NWRs & selected state WMAs.

SPRING SQUIRREL SEASON: May 7-29, statewide, private lands. Daily limit 3. May 7-15, open on 40 WMAs. Closed on Kisatchie National Forest, national wildlife refuges and Corps of Engineers lands.