Simmons Weekly Blog

Proposed bear season comes up short

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted a Notice of Intent to hold a Louisiana black bear hunting season in December of 2024 in northeast Louisiana. The action came during the commission’s November meeting Thursday, Nov. 2 in Baton

Ruddy Duck wins Louisiana duck stamp contest

Anthony J. Padgett of Noblesville, Indiana, has won the 2024 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The annual contest, in its 36th year, determines the image on what is commonly called the

Important 2023-24 Louisiana duck regulation!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind waterfowl hunters that the harvest of mottled ducks is prohibited in the first 15 days of the regular duck season in both the East and West zones. In

Louisiana closer to having a bear season

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners announced a notice of intent (NOI) will be introduced in their November meeting, detailing such a season. The group announced their intention at their regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 5, in Baton Rouge. The meeting lasted

Deer CWD control area expanded again

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has modified the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Control Area in northeast Louisiana to include a small portion of East Carroll Parish, east of the Mississippi River. The change was necessitated by the detection of a CWD positive deer

Time to get things in order

Some of our area waterfowl hunters got an early start on the season with a good teal season, but big duck season is right around the corner. Take time to get all your gear in shape and don’t wait until

Statewide teal numbers are way down

The 2023 estimate of blue-winged teal in coastal Louisiana and Little River Basin (148,000) was 44% lower than the 2022 estimate of 264,000. It was 30% lower than the most recent 5-year average and 24% lower than the most recent

LDWF license update

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is aware that the current license system does not allow individuals to renew their license until the moment it expires. We are in the process of making updates to the system to allow

2023-24 seasons, regs now on line

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has released its 2023-24 hunting regulations pamphlet online at the LDWF website. Click here to see the upcoming season’s regulations or visit the LDWF website at The pamphlet contains hunting rules, regulations