Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin


ABP's latest draft annual plan is now available for public comment. Submit your comments by email to Or attend one of our public meetings listed below.

AND We're proud to announce that construction has begun on upgrades to Butte La Rose boat launch in Butte La Rose (not to be confused with the boat launch at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center). ABP is partnering with St. Martin Parish to complete the work.

Current and Upcoming Hunting Seasons (see Louisiana Hunting Regulations for more information)

Deer: Oct 1 through Jan 31
Quail and pheasant: Nov 19 - Feb 28
Rabbit: Oct 1 - Feb 28
Squirrel: Oct 1 - Feb 28
Nutria: Sept 1 - Feb 28
Crows, blackbirds, cowbirds, and grackles: Sept 1 - Jan 1
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers: Nov 5 - Jan 28
Rails: Sep. 10-25, Nov 12 - Jan. 4
Gallinules: Sept 10 - 25, Nov 12 - Jan 4
Snipe: Nov 2 - Dec 4, Dec 17 - Feb 28
Canada Geese: Nov 5 - Dec 4, Dec 17 - Jan 31
Light and White-fronted Geese: Nov 5 - Dec 4, Dec 17 - Feb 12
Doves: Sep. 3-11, Oct 8 - Nov 27, Dec 17 - Jan 15
Bobcat, raccoon, possum: year-round


Annual Plan Public Hearing, Oct 18 at 6 pm at Iberville Parish Council Chambers, Plaquemine
Annual Plan Public Hearing, Oct 19 at 6 pm at St. Martin Parish Council Chambers, St. Martinville

Fun Stuff:

World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Oct 14-15 in New Iberia
Crafting the South Louisiana Sound, Louisiana musical instrument exhibit, Sept 8 through Oct 15 at Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette
Boudin Cook-Off, Oct 21 in Lafayette
Blackpot Festival and Cook-Off, Oct 27-28 at Vermilionville in Lafayette
Water Trails of the Atchafalaya, June 17 - Oct 29 at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen
La Table Francaise, last Saturday of every month at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville
Les Courdre Pointes Quilting Circle, every Friday at 10 am at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville

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Let us know if you have an upcoming event to promote the Basin!

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