Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunting Regulations 2020-2021 - Page 61



MIGRATORY BIRDS
RESTRICTIONS
No person shall take migratory game
birds:
with a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10-gauge,
punt gun, battery gun, machine gun,
fishhook, poison, drug, explosive or stupefying substance.
with a shotgun capable of holding more
than three shells, unless it is plugged
with a one-piece filler which is incapable of removal without disassembling
the gun. This restriction does not apply
during the Conservation Order for Light
Geese or those selected for the control
of resident Canada Geese.
from a sink box (a low floating device,
having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the
surface of the water).
from or with the aid of a car or other
motor-driven land conveyance or any
aircraft, EXCEPT that paraplegic and single or double amputees of the legs may
take from any stationary motor vehicle
or stationary motor-driven land conveyance. “Paraplegic” means an individual
afflicted with paralysis of the lower half
of the body which involves both legs,
usually due to disease of or injury to the
spinal cord.
from or by means of any motor boat or
sailboat unless the motor has been completely shut off and/or the sail furled
and its progress therefrom has ceased.
by the use or aid of live birds as decoys;
although not limited to, it shall be a violation of this paragraph for any person
to take migratory waterfowl on an area
where tame or captive live ducks or
geese are present unless such birds are
and have been for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to such taking, confined
within an enclosure which substantially
reduces the audibility of their calls and
totally conceals such birds from the
sight of wild migratory waterfowl.
by the aid of baiting, or on or over a
baited area where a person knows or
reasonably should know that the area is
or has been baited. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF HUNTERS TO CHECK HIS/
HER HUNTING AREA FOR BAIT PRIOR
TO EACH HUNT. A baited area is any
area on which salt, grain, or other feed
has been placed, exposed, deposited,
distributed or scattered, if that salt,
grain, or other feed could serve as a lure
or attraction for migratory game birds
to, on or over areas where hunters are
attempting to take them. Any such area
will remain a baited area for 10 days following the complete removal of all such
salt, grain or other feed. Agricultural
areas must be prepared in accordance
with official recommendations to be legally hunted. It is a separate offense to
place bait on or adjacent to an area that
causes, induces or allows another to
hunt by the aid of bait or over a baited
area. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that an area has not been baited and
should verify its legality prior to hunting. The maximum federal penalties
are: for hunting over bait; $15,000/six
months jail, and placing bait; $100,000/
one year jail.
using records or tapes of migratory bird
calls or sounds, or electronically amplified imitations of bird calls. This restriction does not apply during the Conservation Order for Light Geese or those
selected for the control of resident
Canada Geese.
by driving, rallying or chasing birds with
any motorized conveyance or any sailboat to put them in the range of the
hunter.
MIGRATORY BIRDS
Birds protected by federal law as a result of
treaties signed with other countries.
Protected migratory birds are listed in Title
50 Code of Federal Regulations, Section.
10.13. This list includes almost all birds
found in the United States with the exception of the house sparrow, feral pigeon
(commonly called rock dove), European
starling, Eurasian collared-dove, mute
swan, and upland game birds (which are
protected by state laws).
All migratory birds are protected. However,
a subset of migratory birds may be hunted
in accordance with state and federal regulations. The list of migratory game birds
includes species of ducks, geese (including
brant), swans, doves and pigeons, cranes,
rails, coots, gallinules and moorhens, woodcock and snipe, if there is an open season.
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