Deer Tagging Information

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate carcass tag before it is moved from the kill site, and the hunter must document the kill on the harvest report card portion of the deer tag license.

The hunter must record the date of kill and the parish of kill on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the deer while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations. Within 7 days the hunter must validate the kill using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link:

Hunters harvesting deer on DMAP lands should follow the instructions provided to them by LDWF. When deer check stations are in operation, hunters on WMAs can validate deer during mandatory deer check hunts.

Bag Limits

One antlered and one antlerless deer per day (when legal) EXCEPT on some Federal Lands where the daily limit shall be one deer per day (see specific Federal Lands regulations for details). Season limit is six, not to exceed three antlered OR four antlerless deer (all segments included) by all methods of take, EXCEPT deer harvested on property enrolled in DMAP will not count in the season or daily bag limit for hunters. See DMAP Regulations (LAC 76:v.111) for more information. Antlerless deer may be harvested during entire deer season on private lands (all segments included) EXCEPT as specified in the deer hunting schedule. Consult  deer hunting schedule for either-sex days for these parishes and areas.  A legal antlered deer is a deer with at least one visible antler of hardened bony material, broken naturally through the skin.

Hunter Orange

Any person hunting any wildlife during the open firearms deer hunting season and possessing buckshot, slugs, a primitive firearm or a centerfire rifle shall display on his head, chest and/or back a total of not less than 400 square inches of “HUNTER ORANGE.” Persons hunting on privately owned, legally posted land may wear a hunter orange cap or hat in lieu of the 400 square inches. These provisions shall not apply to persons hunting deer from elevated stands on property that is privately owned and legally posted or to archery deer hunters hunting on legally posted lands where firearm hunting is not allowed by agreement of the landowner or lessee. However, anyone hunting deer on such lands where hunting with firearms is allowed shall be required to display the 400 square inches or a hunter orange cap or hat while walking to and from elevated stands. While a person is hunting from an elevated stand, the 400 square inches or cap or hat may be concealed. WARNING: Deer hunters are cautioned to watch for persons hunting other game or engaged in activities not requiring “Hunter Orange.”

Deer Management Assistance Program - DMAP

For information on DMAP, see this link

Primitive Firearms Season

License Requirements

  • A Primitive Firearms License is required of all persons hunting deer during Primitive Firearms Seasons. See page 38 of the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet for exceptions and exemptions.


Prohibited Activities

  • Carrying a gun, other than a primitive firearm, including those powered by air or other means, while hunting during the primitive firearm season, EXCEPT it is lawful to carry a .22 caliber rimfire pistol loaded with #12 shot (ratshot only).
  • Hunting with dogs (All Primitive Firearms Seasons are still hunt only). 

Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Primitive Firearms Season includes:

  • Rifles or pistols, .44 caliber minimum, or shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, all of which must load exclusively from the muzzle, use black powder or approved substitute only, take ball, shot, or bullet projectile only, including saboted bullets. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes.
  • Single shot, breech loading rifles or pistols, .35 caliber or larger, having an exposed hammer that use metallic cartridges loaded either with black powder or modern smokeless powder. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes.
  • Single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.


  • Youths 17 or younger may hunt deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area.

Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress. In such cases, hunters must conform to the bucks only regulations.

Archery Season

License Requirements

  • Bow License is required of all persons hunting deer with archery gear during Archery Seasons. See page 38 of the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet for exceptions and exemptions.

Prohibited Activities

  • Possession or use any poisoned or drugged arrow or arrows with explosive tips.   
  • Hunt deer with a bow having a pull less than 30 lbs.       
  • Hunt with a bow or crossbow fitted with an infrared, laser sight, electrically operated sight or device specifically designed to enhance vision at night (does NOT include non-projecting red dot sights; RS 56:116.1.(b)(4)).   
  • Hunting with dogs (All Archery Seasons are still hunt only).

Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Archery Season includes:

  • Traditional bow, compound bow, and crossbow, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress. In such cases, archers must conform to the bucks only regulations.

Physically Challenged Season on Private Land

Oct. 3-4, either-sex.

Restricted to individuals with Physically Challenged Hunter Permit. Permit applications are available at regional LDWF offices.                                                      



Areas 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6

Area 2: Oct. 10-16

Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10: Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

Restricted to youths 17 or younger only and resident honorably discharged veterans.

Youths must possess a hunter safety certification or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course. Youths must be accompanied by one adult 18 years of age or older. If the accompanying adult is in possession of hunter safety certification, a valid hunting license or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course, this requirement is waived for youths younger than 16 years of age. Adults may not possess a firearm. Youths may possess only one legal firearm while hunting. The supervising adult shall maintain visual and voice contact with the youth at all times, EXCEPT properly licensed youths 16-17 years old and youths 12 years old or older who have successfully completed a hunter safety course may hunt without a supervising adult.

Resident veterans must be properly licensed and must possess proof of honorable discharge. One of the following must be carried by veterans while hunting:

  • Louisiana OMV issued U.S. Veterans Driver’s License.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Form 214 or one of the following DD_214 equivalents:
    • Pre DD 214 era documents (1941_1950):
      • WE AGO (war department adjutant general) Forms, to include WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53_55;   
      • JAVPERS (naval personnel) discharge documents, to include NAVPERS 553, NAVMC78PD, NAVCG 553.
    • National Personnel Records Center NPRC “statement of service,” issued as a result of a destroyed discharge record during the 1973 National Archives fire.
    • National Guard/Air National Guard must have NGB_22 with 6 or more years of service.

See 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations for more information.

Deer Season 2016-17



Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Consult Wildlife Management Area and Federal Land schedules for specific regulations and dates on those areas.


POSSESSION LIMIT                                                          DAILY  BAG LIMITS

6 per season, not to exceed                                        1 antlered and 1 antlerless (when legal)

3 antlered OR 4 antlerless per season


*For more details on the 2016-17 deer season, refer to the 2016-2017 Louisiana Hunting Regulations





Habitat Assessment

Locating suitable release sites for wild turkeys has been key to the success of Louisiana’s restocking program. Over the years, LDWF received many requests from landowners and sportsmen to stock wild turkeys. LDWF continues to get 5-10 requests annually. It has been LDWF's policy for many years that restocking requests be evaluated by a Region biologist and/or Turkey Program Leader prior to being approved. Criteria used in the evaluation are the presence or absence of wild turkeys, distance from presently occupied turkey range to request area, amount of suitable habitat at the release site, support by local residents, land use trends, and potential for expansion.

Restocking Summary

The Department’s trapping and relocation efforts have resulted in the capture and release of 3856 turkeys. Wild turkeys have been released in 45 parishes since 1963. During the mid-1990s, a total of 766 turkeys (480 captured in-state and 286 received from out-of-state) were released at 35 sites in 20 parishes. Most areas in the state capable of supporting viable wild turkey populations have now been restocked.


Turkey habitat management activities include improving turkey habitat on wildlife management areas and the Kisatchie National Forest as well as providing technical assistance to landowners and managers with an interest in improving turkey habitat on their lands. Habitat management techniques frequently used include maintaining openings, planting fall and spring food plots, hardwood composition enhancement, and, in pinelands, prescribed burning.

Wildlife Division personnel provide recommendations to LDWF on hunting seasons and regulations based on the results of the monitoring programs.


2016-2017 Season

South Zone
Sept 3-11, Oct 8 – Nov 27, Dec 17 – Jan 15
North Zone
Sept 3 – 25, Oct 8 – Nov 13, Dec 17 – Jan 15
The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 3 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset.  EXCEPTIONS: Dove hunting hours on the Pointe Aux Chenes WMA’s Point Farm Unit are uniformly ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon for all dates within all splits for the 2016-17 dove season. Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 3 and 4.

Dove Hunting Zones

The following boundary divides the state into North and South dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Bag Limit

Mourning and white-winged doves and fully dressed Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle-doves: Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate, Possession 45 in aggregate, but note: there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed-turtle doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

Private Dove Lease Fields

Beauregard Parish, DeRidder-500 acres harvested corn and milo:  Directions -- Take Hwy. 190 West from DeRidder.  The field is approximately 5 miles West of DeRidder on Hwy. 190, just past Hwy. 3226.  An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area.  Contact Justin Ebarb at 318-487-5885 or Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information.  Maps will be available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, the Pineville Field Office, 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360

Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer - 152 acres prepared native grass pasture:  Directions -- Take Route 10 to Wilmer then Hwy. 1061 North to Olon Bankston Road.  Check-in area will be on Olon Bankston Road.  Contact Adam Phelps at 985-543-4784 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Hammond field office, 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr., Hammond LA 70403.

The following are fields LDWF has leased for opening day of dove season.  Hunting will be allowed from 12:00 noon until sunset on Saturday, September 3rd only.  Entrance on any other date is trespassing.  There is a $10 fee for hunters 16 and older.  All hunters are required to have a permit, but hunters under 16 will not be charged for their permit. Shot larger than size 71/2 for lead or 6 for non-toxic shot is prohibited.

2016- 2017 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields 2016

Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 

  • 20 acres planted in brown-top millet, 3 acres barnyard grass and foxtail.  Open to all. (Record Spring flooding followed by a very wet late spring and early summer caused planting to be significantly delayed.  It is unsure at this time if the brown-top millet will be mature in time to have field prepped for opening weekend.)

Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish

  • 10 acres planted in brown-top millet

Bodcau WMA, Bossier Parish

  • 15 acres brown-top millet and sorghum. Approximately 5 acres located by the shooting range and 10 acres located in the Whittington field area. (Above average Spring rainfall followed by regular rains into early summer delayed planting of the plots located in the Whittington fields.  It is unsure at this time if they will be mature in time for opening weekend.)

Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish

  • Elliott field – North tract 40 acres, planted in brown-top millet; South tract (located in Crow Field, Catahoula parish) 30 acres, natural vegetation, clipped and available to hunt

Clear Creek WMA, Vernon parish

  • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton)  response, expect good dove jump shooting

Elbow Slough WMA, southeastern Rapides Parish

  • Field is roughly 60 acres with approximately 30 acres of brown-top millet plots scattered throughout.  Hunting by lottery draw only for the first 2 days of the season.  After that, open to all on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only from Sept. 7-25 and Oct. 8- Nov. 13. Non-toxic shot only.

Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish

  • 20 acres brown top millet. Youth only hunt on September 10 and 11. No hunting at any other time.  Only youth 17 years old and under with an accompanying adult will be admitted.  Only the youth may hunt.   The gate on LA Hwy 137, 2 miles north of Rayville will open at 11:00 a.m. on  September 10 and 11. Shooting will be allowed from 12 p.m. to sunset.  No ATVs allowed.

Fort Polk WMA, Vernon parish

  • U.S. Forest Service dove field (Vernon Unit, Calcasieu Ranger District) – 75 acres planted in brown-top millet, milo, pearl millet, dove proso millet, and sunflowers.

Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish

  • 70 acres – brown top and Japanese millet. Non-toxic shot only.  Only open certain days and times, refer to the hunting pamphlet for exact dates and times.

Russell Sage, Ouachita Parish

  • 8 acres brown top millet

Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish

  • 84 acres planted in sunflower and brown top millet.  The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.

Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish  

  • Sept. 3 & 10 through the end of first split.  CLOSED Sept. 4 – 9 of first split,  second and third splits are the same as outside EXCEPT youth hunt on Northern Tract during the opening day of the first segment (Sept. 3). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older.
  • North tract – 3 fields totaling 32 acres, planted in brown-top millet
  • South tract – open to all hunters, 12 acres planted in brown-top millet

Sherburne WMA, Iberville/St. Martin Parishes

  • 83 acres planted in sunflower and brown top millet.  Dove fields will be prepped before first split.

West Bay WMA, Allen parish

  • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton)  response, expect good dove jump shooting


Population Monitoring and Research

The Wildlife Division conducts/sponsors a number of survey and research projects to keep abreast with turkey populations status, turkey habitat needs, basic biology, harvest, and harvest rates. These include poult surveys, gobbling activity surveys, banding, and radio telemetry. While more complete information about these projects is contained in the turkey program reports, several generalizations can be made as a result of these activities:

  • Brood size has been found to be generally largest in the western longleaf region of the State.
  • Adult gobblers typically make up more than 80% of the reported harvest at check stations on a statewide basis.
  • Turkeys are quite mobile. Movements of 5-plus miles is common in contigous habitat. Two radio-tagged hens moved about 20 miles before radio contact was lost.
  • Gobbling generally increases until the start of hunting season, regardless of the start date.
  • Harvest rate can be highly variable depending on the site, bag limit, and season length.


The Wild Turkey Program includes management, restoration, and population monitoring and research of the wild turkey in Louisiana. In order to meet public demands for this resource, Wildlife Division biologists offer technical assistance to improve habitat on public and private lands for the benefit of the wild turkey. In addition, monies for various projects are made available through LDWF's Wild Turkey Stamp Program and the Louisiana State Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation's Super Fund Program. Two population monitoring surveys are conducted to develop population indices and to track population trends of wild turkeys. The Program biologist Cody Cedotal ( represents LDWF on several technical committees that are involved in monitoring and formulating regional and national programs that can impact on the wild turkey.

Population Status

Prior to 1880, the wild turkey population in Louisiana was estimated to be as high as one million birds. However, by the turn of the century, the state's turkey population started a precipitous decline. Exploitation of our virgin forests, subsistence hunting, market hunting, and unregulated sport hunting played roles in the declining wild turkey population in the state. By 1946, Louisiana's turkey population was estimated to be only 1,463 turkeys. Beginning in 1962, a restoration program that consisted of trapping and releasing wild captured birds into suitable habitat was initiated. Since that time, the state's wild turkey population has grown to an estimated 80,000 birds.

Turkey Hunting

2016 Turkey Hunting Schedules

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Area A: March 26 - April 24*

Area B: March 26 - April 17*

Area C: March 26 - April 10*

Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt (Areas A , B , and C on private land only): March 19-20

*Seasons Open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only. See separate WMA and Federal

Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.

*For more details on the 2015 turkey season, refer to the 2015-2016 Louisiana Hunting Regulations .

2016 Turkey Hunting - National Wildlife Refuge Schedules

National Wildlife Refuges (Contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information regarding NWR hunts):

• Bogue Chitto NWR: March 19-20 (Youth Only) and March 26 - April 17.

• Lake Ophelia NWR: March 19 (Youth Only) and March 26 - April 10.

• Tensas NWR: March 19-20 (Youth Only), March 26 - April 10.

• Upper Ouachita NWR: March 19 (Youth Lottery Only).

Migratory and Waterfowl

Get your Federal Electronic Duck Stamp

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana Waterfowl Hunters can purchase Federal Duck Stamp online and through license vendors.

  • At U.S. Post Offices and at -$25.00
  • From Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fishes (LDWF) license vendors,  online licensing ,by phone (1-877-447-1318), - $27.22.

The Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters, including those who are not required to purchase a hunting license.  Hunters under the age of 16 are exempt.  Hunters, who purchase their Federal Duck Stamp online, phone or mobile, will receive a confirmation number.  If you purchase your stamp from a Retail vendor, LDWF online licensing, you will receive a printed receipt.  Both confirmation number and the printed receipt will be accepted as evidence of the purchase for 45 days and must be possessed while hunting waterfowl.  The paper stamp will be mailed to the purchaser.  The proof of purchase will expire after 45 days from the date of purchase.  All Federal duck stamps expire on June 30, regardless of when issued.  

Latest News

L.W.F.C. Sets 2016-2017 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved duck hunting and other migratory bird hunting season dates for the 2016-2017 season at their April 7, 2016 meeting.

The dates were presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the three-zone waterfowl season framework that includes the coastal, east and west zones.

The dates and bag limits for the upcoming seasons are as follows:

September Teal Season (Blue-winged, Green-winged and Cinnamon only): 16 days
Statewide September 10 – 25
Daily bag limit – 6 per day; Possession limit – 18.

Coastal Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
West Zone: Nov. 12 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 22
East Zone: Nov. 19 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 29 (Including Catahoula Lake)
Youth Waterfowl Weekend: Nov. 5-6 in the Coastal Zone, Nov. 5 and Jan. 28 in the West Zone, Nov. 12 and Feb. 4 in East Zone.

Daily Bag Limits:  The daily bag limit on ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, and 2 pintails.

Daily bag limit on coots is 15.

Mergansers - The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers.  Merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.
Possession Limit - The possession limit on ducks, coots and mergansers is three
times the daily bag limit.

Coastal Zone: (88 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 12
West Zone: (88 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 12
East Zone: (88 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 12
Daily bag limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): 20
Possession limit on light geese (snow, blue and Ross’): None
Daily Limit on white-fronted geese: 2
Possession Limit on white-fronted geese: 6

Coastal Zone: (76 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 31
West Zone: (76 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 31
East Zone: (76 days) Nov. 5 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Jan. 31
Daily Limit on Canada geese: 1 per day
Possession limit on Canada geese: 3

The Canada goose season will be closed in the area described as follows:  Beginning at the Texas State Line, proceeding east along Hwy. 82 to the Calcasieu Ship Channel, then north along the Calcasieu Ship Channel to its junction with the Intracoastal Canal, then east along the Intracoastal Canal to its juncture with LA Hwy. 82, then south along LA Hwy. 82 to its juncture with Parish Road 3147, then south and east along Parish Road 3147 to Freshwater Bayou Canal, then south to the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas State Line, then north to the point of beginning at LA Hwy. 82.   Open waters of Lake Arthur and the Mermentau River, from the Hwy 14 bridge southward, will also be closed to Canada goose hunting.

Coastal Zone: Dec. 5 – Dec. 16; Feb. 13 – March 12
West Zone: Dec. 5 – 16; Feb. 13 - March 12
East Zone: Dec. 5 – 16; Feb. 13 – March 12
Only snow, blue and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits.  During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.

RAILS: Nov. 12 – Jan. 4
King and Clapper: Daily bag limit 15 in the aggregate, Possession 45.
Sora and Virginia: Daily bag 25 in the aggregate and possession 75.

GALLINULES: Nov. 12 – Jan. 4
Daily bag limit 15, Possession limit 45

Coastal Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
West Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
East Zone: Nov. 2 – Dec. 4; Dec. 17 – Feb. 28
Daily bag limit 8, Possession limit 24
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish where shooting hours, including the Conservation Order, end at 2 p.m.

Statewide: Nov. 2 – Jan. 31
Sixteen (16) days of the total season lengths for rails, gallinules and extended falconry seasons were used during the September teal season.

Coastal Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
West Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31
East Zone: Nov. 3 – Jan. 31

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or .
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