Spring squirrel season begins May 2

Spring squirrel hunting season begins Saturday, May 2 in Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters to use social distancing practices due to the pandemic of coronavirus.

Spring squirrel season runs from May 2-24. The daily bag limit for squirrels during the spring is three, with nine being the possession limit for the season.

To purchase a hunting license, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/wmarefugeconservation-area-licenses-and-permits. For more information on squirrel hunting in Louisiana, visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/subhome/small-game.

LDWF also reminds squirrel hunters who plan to hunt in state wildlife management areas (WMAs) to check current regulations on whether or not spring squirrel season is allowed in that WMA at particular. Go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/seasons-and-regulations to view the 2019-20 hunting rules and regulations.

Hunters are also reminded that a free self-cleaning permit is required for all activities at WMA. The registration portion must be completed prior to each day’s activity. The exit part must be carried by each person while at the WMA and must be completed upon exiting the WMA.

LDWF encourages visitors to WMAs to use the free LDWF WMA Check In/Check Out app to complete the self-checkout process. The LDWF WMA Check In/Check Out app allows users to check in and out electronically through their smart device or web portal.

Paper permits for check-in and check-out continue to be available at WMA permit stations. However, the LDWF WMA Check In/Check Out app eliminates the need for paper handling and is a good practice for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The app is available from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for your Apple or Android device. Go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/wmas-refuges-and-conservation-areas to download. The web portal is available at http://wmacheckincheckout.wlf.la.gov/Authentication/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

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