BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Waterfowl Section, in partnership with LSU's School of Renewable Natural Resources, has begun a survey of resident waterfowl hunters which asks for input on waterfowl hunting activity, satisfaction with new zones and zone boundaries, potential season dates for future waterfowl hunting seasons, and attitudes on particular policies.

"We are mailing surveys to 5,000 randomly selected waterfowl hunters – 2,500 printed surveys with follow-ups to be completed and mailed back; and 2,500 postcards with Internet pass codes to be completed on-line," said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader.

The same survey is also available via LDWF's website home page at www.wlf.louisiana.gov and all interested waterfowl hunters can provide input.

The department is encouraging all waterfowl hunters, especially those who receive a survey in the mail, to participate, and this year LDWF is providing an incentive.

All waterfowl hunters who participate in the survey will be entered in a drawing for one of three prizes of their choosing: (1) a hunt for two on opening day of the 2013 September Teal Season at White Lake Wetland Conservation Area; (2) a Remington 887 Nitro-Mag 12-gauge shotgun; or (3) a Cabela's Brush Buster GORE-TEX 4-in-1 Parka or Wading jacket.

For more information contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.