Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour
after sunset. Consult Wildlife Management Area and Federal
Land sections for specific regulations and dates on those areas.
*Spring squirrel season is CLOSED on the Kisatchie National Forest, national
wildlife refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and some state WMAs
(check WMA season schedule).
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: www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
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.
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 may 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 in West Carroll Parish, and EXCEPT Deer Areas 4, 7, 9 and 10 as specified in 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. Killing antlerless deer is prohibited EXCEPT where specifically allowed.
Any person hunting any wildlife during the open gun 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.”
Still hunt only. See page 11 for specific hunting area dates. Specific WMAs will also be open. Check WMA schedule for specific details. A primitive firearms license is required for resident hunters between the ages of 16 and 59 inclusive and non-resident 16 years of age and older. Either-sex deer may be taken in all deer hunting areas EXCEPT in West Carroll Parish, and EXCEPT Deer Areas 4, 7, 9 and 10 as specified in deer hunting schedule. Consult deer hunting schedule for either-sex days for these parishes and areas, and as specified on public areas. It is unlawful to carry 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).
Youths 17 or younger may hunt eithersex deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area. Legal Primitive Firearms for Primitive Firearms Season include:
1. Rifles or pistols, .44 caliber minimum, or shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, all of which must load exclusively from the muzzle or cap and ball cylinder, use black powder or approved substitute only, take ball or bullet projectile only, including saboted bullets, including primitive firearms known as “in line” primitive firearms, and
2. Single shot, breech loading rifles, .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.
3. Single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10 guage or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.
Still hunting only Oct. 1 - Jan. 31 in all deer hunting areas
EXCEPT Areas 3, 8 & 10: Sept. 15 - Jan. 15 and
EXCEPT Areas 6 & 9: Oct. 1-15, bucks only and Oct. 16 - Feb. 15, either-sex.
WMA seasons are the same as outside except as noted below. An archery license is required for resident bow hunters between the ages of 16 and 59 inclusive and non-residents 16 years of age and older. Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a bucks only season is in progress for gun hunting and EXCEPT in Area 6 from Oct. 1-15. In such cases, archers must conform to the bucks only regulations. Either-sex deer may be taken on WMAs at anytime during archery season EXCEPT when bucks only seasons are in progress on the respective WMA. Also, archery season restricted on Atchafalaya Delta, Salvador, Lake Boeuf and Pointe-aux-Chenes WMAs. (See WMA for details).
Bowhunting Equipment Regulations: Longbow, compound bow and crossbow or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means are legal means of take for all properly licensed hunters. Bow and arrow fishermen must have a sport fishing license and not carry any arrows with broadhead points unless a big game season is in progress.
Physically Challenged Season on Private Land
Either-sex. Oct. 5-6, 2013. Restricted to individuals with Physically Challenged Hunter Permit.
Youth Season on Private Land
Areas 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9: Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2013
Area 2: Oct. 12-18, 2013
Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10: Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2013
Youths 17 or younger only. 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 firearm while hunting. Legal firearms are the same as described for deer 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.
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.
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.
Shooting hours 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset on Sept. 7, all other days one-half hour before sunrise to sunset
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.
2013- 2014 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities
Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields
Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish
30 acres planted in wheat and 25 acres in sunflower. Planted fields are surrounded by open field in native vegetation, open field is 100 acres plus. Open to all.
Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish
10 ac. Sunflower and 10 ac. Millet.
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
Camp Beauregard WMA, Rapides Parish
30 acre field planted in brown top millet. Several clearcuts that have goat weed and should attract doves.
Clear Creek WMA, Vernon parish
Various clearcuts have a good goat weed (croton) response, expect good dove jump shooting
Elbow Slough WMA, southeastern Rapides Parish
Field is roughly 60 acres. Mostly planted with brown top millet. Also a little sunflower in one area. 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. 11-22 and Oct. 12 - Nov. 10. Non-toxic shot only.
Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish
10 ac. sunflower & 10 ac millet. Youth only hunt on September 14 and 15. 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 14 and 15. Shooting will be allowed from 12 p.m. to sunset. No ATVs allowed.
Fort Polk WMA, Vernon parish
U.S. Forest Service dove field – 50 acres, planted in brown-top millet
Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish
Approximately 15 acre field of sunflower. Open only to youth hunters on the first day (Saturday) of the first split of dove season, after that open to all.
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.
Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish
140 acres planted in brown top millet with approximately 20% of the area having strips of sunflower. The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.
Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish
Sept. 7 & 14 through the end of first split. CLOSED Sept. 8-13 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. 7). 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
60 acres brown-top millet.
20 acres sunflower
West Bay WMA, Allen parish
Various clearcuts have a good goat weed (croton) response, expect good dove jump shooting
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.
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 represents LDWF on several technical committees that are involved in monitoring and formulating regional and national programs that can impact on the wild turkey.
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.