Camouflage is everywhere, with good reason. Duck and goose season opened Saturday morning, and hunters loaded up, literally, to sit in the blind to wait for their opportunity to bag their limits.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' online publication for the 2016-2017 hunting season states there are several major changes, including many affecting duck and goose season:

 

 

Addition of migratory bird zones, seasons, and regulations to the annual hunting regulations pamphlet.

Word moves swiftly within the hunting community, but anyone who wants to head out to a blind or deer stand would do well to read carefully the entire publication and become familiar with changes and regulations.

Wildlife and Fisheries Agents are happy to answer questions BEFORE you head out so that everyone stays safe. You can call the information hotline at 1-800-256-2749.

As a matter of fact, you may not know there is actually a "Hunter's Pledge" included in the publication:

Responsible hunting provides unique challenges and rewards. However, the future of the sport depends on each hunter's behavior and ethics. Therefore, as a hunter, I pledge to:

• Respect the environment and wildlife.

• Respect property and landowners.

• Show consideration for non-hunters.

• Hunt safely.

• Know and obey the law.

• Support wildlife and habitat conservation.

• Pass on an ethical hunting tradition.

• Strive to improve my outdoor skills and understanding of wildlife.

• Hunt only with ethical hunters.

By following these principles of conduct each time I go afield, I will give my best to the sport, the public, the environment and myself. The responsibility to hunt ethically is mine; the future of hunting depends on me.