Although expanded zones and splits options are being considered, those options have not yet been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The commission action provides hunters with a familiar framework that has been used for 30 years for the upcoming waterfowl season.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will continue to explore expanded options for the 2012-2015 seasons as the USFWS will allow changes to be made next year.
The proposed duck season dates for 2011-2012 are as follows:
West Zone: Nov. 12 - Dec. 4, and Dec. 17 - Jan. 22. (Youth Hunt Dec. 10-11)
East Zone: Nov. 19 - 27, and Dec. 10 - Jan. 29. (Youth Hunt Dec. 3-4)
Changes from last year in these proposed season dates include moving the Youth Hunt from the weekend before opening day to the weekend during the split, fewer hunting days in November but more in December for the East zone, and additional hunting opportunity for hunters that use both zones.
The public can comment on the 2011-2012 season dates until Aug. 4 by sending comments to: Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Study Leader, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org .