Regulations adopted governing duck blinds on Bistineau

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For the first time in decades, duck hunters on Lake Bistineau will be looking at a set of regulations governing their duck blinds.

District 1 police jury member Bob Brotherton said the four regulations are the result of a letter from the state Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries asking the governing bodies with lake responsibility to come up with a set of rules.

“We met last week with Webster and Bienville parishes and came up with these regulations. We are presenting them in the form of a resolution,” Brotherton said.

According to Brotherton, the first regulations address safety issues which he said should be “…the first issue.” The regulations prohibit duck blinds from locating less than 300 feet from residential or commercial buildings, and less than 300 feet from another established blind.

Each duck blind must also be identified with the owner’s name, address, phone number, Louisiana hunting license number and the date posted. IDs must be placed in a visible area of the blind. Identifications will run from July 1 of each year.

Representatives from the police juries also set a minimum of two blinds on the lake per identification. Duck decoys will be allowed on the water 30 days prior to opening of duck season and must be removed 30 days after the season ends.

“We didn’t want to come up with things that would cause problems. We thought these were good regulations to start and we can refine them if we need to as we move forward,” Brotherton said.

Bossier police jury members voted unanimously to adopt the regulations. Webster Parish jurors passed the resolution at their regular meeting earlier this week, Brotherton said.