The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) today approved a three-zone framework for the 2012-2015 waterfowl seasons.
In a presentation prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Waterfowl Program, the Commission heard data gathered during a recent survey conducted by the Department. Hunter comments were collected via a mail-out and an on-line survey form.
Options presented included no change in the current two-zone configuration and two, three-zone options that offered different boundaries for a revised west zone layout. The previous west zone was divided to form a new coastal zone and a west zone.
Based on hunter preferences in survey data and the Department’s recommendation, the Commission approval created a third zone with a new boundary of La. Hwy. 106 from its junction with US Hwy. 167 west to Oakdale, then south from Oakdale on US Hwy. 165 to its junction with US Hwy. 190, then west on US Hwy. 190/La. Hwy. 12 to the Texas border.
The existing zone boundary in northwest Louisiana between the east and west zones changes to US Hwy. 167 north from Jonesboro to the Arkansas border.
The season dates in each zone for the 2012-13 waterfowl season will be proposed at the July Commission meeting and approved at the August meeting.