Advocate staff photo by BRIAN TUCK -- Whitetail deer on Cote Blanche Island.

Hunters across the state will have no major changes in their resident-game season dates for the 2015-2016 seasons after the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to accept proposed regulations from the state game managers during the commission’s monthly meeting Thursday.

State Wildlife Division biologist Steve Smith told the commission the recommendation is for “ … no significant changes … calendar adjustments only,” a term that means what deer, squirrel, rabbit and quail hunters had during the 2013-2014 Louisiana hunting season will be the same duration for the next season.

The only major change will come in the northeastern parishes, Area 5 on the state’s deer-hunting map, where deer hunters will have two more weeks added for the upcoming season. The proposed plan for 2016-2017 would merge Area 5 into the much-larger State Deer Area 1.

Another possible change proposed Thursday will allow hunters to use pistols during the primitive firearms season for deer.

All interested will have until the commission’s April 2 meeting to comment on the proposed seasons.