Louisiana outdoors enthusiasts who love to kick off the hunting seasons with a barbecue and dove hunt over Labor Day weekend won't get the chance this year.
That's because Labor Day falls on Sept. 2, which means the Saturday of the weekend is Aug. 31, and by federal law, there can be no dove hunting in August.
So hunters will have to wait until the next weekend to target resident doves.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Jimmy Stafford presented the proposed dates for the 2013-14 dove season to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday. The commission won't formally approve the dates until its July meeting because the framework for the season hasn't yet been officially announced by the feds.
"We're just presenting these dates now so that hunters will have a heads-up," Stafford told the commission Thursday.
The dates Stafford said the department expects to recommend are as follows:
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