Hunt or Fish in Louisiana? Why September 23rd is Important to You
The month of September is a transitional month in Louisiana. It's transitional in our weather. We go from God-awful hot to just regular hot. And, there is a tendency among our state's outdoors enthusiasts to slowly transition from the boat on the bay and the bayou to the deer stand in the woods.
Louisiana hunters have been hunting doves for about two weeks now. That season is about to take a break though. And just last Friday, the state opened up its limited Teal season. I know many of you have been to the marshes more than a few times and brought back your daily limit too.
While the days and dates that specific hunting or fishing seasons open or close are always important knowledge to have there is one date on the calendar every year that benefits all of Louisiana's sportsmen and women. That day this year is September 23rd.
That is the day the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has tabbed as Louisiana National Hunting and Fishing Day. The celebration of Louisiana's outdoors is traditionally held on the fourth Saturday in September. It's been a part of Louisiana's outdoors calendar since 1982 and the day has played a huge part in the education of Louisiana's hunting population.
This year's Hunting and Fishing Day activities will be held across the state at four different locations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Monroe will host events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. The same schedule will be kept at the Bodcau WMA in Haughton.
In Baton Rouge, events will be held at Waddill Wildlife Refuge from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and in Woodworth in central Louisiana festivities and events will take place at Woodworth Shooting Range from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
While you're there you can try your hand at and experience shooting and fishing demonstrations. You can also learn about conservation efforts in your area. And, you can learn more about organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, the Safari Club, and the Coastal Conservation Association.
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