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Duck blinds, decoys could be regulated on Lake Bistineau

by Minden Press-Herald

If all three police juries approve, then a simple set of rules regulating duck blinds and decoys will be set forth for Lake Bistineau.

In Tuesday’s Webster Parish Police Jury meeting, jurors unanimously adopted a joint resolution to govern regulations for the duck blinds and decoys for waterfowl hunting.
The resolution has yet to be adopted by Bossier or Bienville parishes, but Jury President Jim Bonsall says they are expected consider this resolution on their next agenda.

The regulations are as follows:

“No duck blind can be located less than 300 feet from residential or commercial buildings.

No duck blind can be located less than 300 feet from another established duck blind.

“Any time that a duck blind is on the water it must be identified with the following: name, address, phone number, hunting license number and the date posted. Identification must be posted in a location on the blind that is visible. Effective date will be July 1 of each year.

“Maximum duck blinds per name/license number – 2,

“Decoys can be put on the water 30 days prior to season and must be removed within 30 days after the end of the season.”

The resolution comes on the heels of a letter from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries asking the tri-parish area to form a commission or a governing authority to regulate duck blinds and decoys on Lake Bistineau, which is a game and fish preserve.

The purpose of the letter, LDWF officials said, was to provide uniform regulations to all state-owned water bottoms with the intent to give local governing bodies the opportunity to set their own regulations. The idea, they said, was to provide fair and open access to everyone.

These regulations must be adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
If Bossier and Bienville adopt the resolution, Bonsall says it will be sent to the state for approval.

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