DOVES

South Zone: Sept. 5-13, Oct. 10-Dec. 1, Dec. 19-Jan. 15.

North Zone: Sept. 5-27, Oct. 10-Nov. 8, Dec. 10-Jan. 15.

Taking mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves allowed. Daily limit is 15. Possession limit 45. There is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves nor ringed turtle-doves when hunters leave a fully feathered wing and head on the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared and ringed turtle-doves must be included in the daily bag.

SPECIAL TEAL SEASON-16 DAYS

Statewide: Sept. 12-27.

Bluewing, greenwing and cinnamon teal only. Daily limit is 6. Possession limit 18.

DUCKS

Coastal Zone: Nov. 7-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 17. Youth-only days, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

West Zone: Nov. 14-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 24. Youth-only days, Nov. 7 & Jan. 30.

East Zone: Nov. 21-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 31. Youth-only days, Nov. 14 & Feb. 6.

Daily limit is 6. Possession limit 18. The daily bag limit can include no more than four mallards of which only two can be mallard hens, 3 scaup (dos gris), 3 wood ducks, 2 redhead ducks, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks, 1 mottled duck, 1 canvasback and 1 black duck.

MERGANSERS-COOTS

Same dates as duck season. Merganser daily limit is 5, of which only 2 can be hooded mergansers. Coots (poule d’eau) daily limit is 15. Possession limit is three times the daily limit. The take of these species is in addition to the daily duck limit.

GEESE

Includes “light” geese (blue, snow & Ross’ geese) and “white-fronted” geese (specklebellies)

Coastal, West & East zones: Nov. 7-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Feb. 7.

Daily limit/light geese: 20. No possession limit.

Daily limit/white-fronted geese: 2. Possession limit 6.

CANADA GOOSE

Coastal Zone: Nov. 7-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 31.

West Zone: Nov. 14-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 31.

East Zone: Nov. 7-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Jan. 31.

Daily limit: 1. Possession limit 3.

During the open Canada goose season hunters are allowed to take specklebelly geese, but hunters cannot take more than 2 specklebellies. This season closed in portions of Vermilion and Cameron parishes.

CONSERVATION ORDER

Take of blue, snow and Ross’ geese only.

Limited to take of blue, snow and Ross’ geese only

Coastal, West & East zones: Dec. 7-18, Feb.8 -March 6.

No daily nor possession limits.

Hunters allowed to use electronic calls and shotguns capable of holding more than three shells.

RAILS/GALLINULES

Statewide: Sept. 12-27 & Nov. 7-Dec. 30.

Daily limit for king and clapper rails is 15 in the aggregate. Possession limit 45. Daily limit on sora and Virginia rails is 25 in the aggregate. Possession limit 75. Daily limit on common and purple gallinules is 15. Possession limit 30.

SNIPE

Coastal, West & East zones: Nov. 2-Dec. 6, Dec. 19-Feb. 28.

Daily limit: 8. Possession limit 24.

WOODCOCK

Statewide: Dec. 18-Jan. 31.Daily limit is 3. Possession limit 9.

SHOOTING HOURS

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all species, except noon to sunset Sept. 5, the opening day of the dove season on selected wildlife management areas and state-leased public hunts. Hours are extended to one-half hour after sunset during Conservation Order seasons.

WHAT YOU NEED

•Basic Hunting License

•Waterfowl hunters 16 and older need a Federal Waterfowl Stamp. Note that the federal stamp increased from $15 to $25 this year.

•A Louisiana Waterfowl Stamp is required for resident hunters ages 16-59 and all nonresidents 16-and-older (including special teal season)

•A no-fee Harvest Information Program (HIP) certificate is required to hunt all migratory birds & waterfowl.