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 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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
YOUTH AND HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS SEASON ON PRIVATE LAND
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.
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.
The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 5 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 2015-16 dove season. Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 5 and 6.
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.
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.
2015- 2016 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs
Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields 2015
Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish
5 acres planted in brown-top millet, 3 acres barnyard grass and foxtail. Open to all.
Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish
20 ac. Sunflower
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.
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. 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. 5-27 and Oct. 10- Nov. 8. Non-toxic shot only.
Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish
20 acres brown top 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 13 and 14. 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) – 25 acres planted in brown-top millet. Holly Springs food plot 20 acres planted in partridge pea and 14 acres planted in brown-top millet, milo pearl 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
120 acres of volunteer brown top millet. The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.
Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish
Sept. 5 & 12 through the end of first split. CLOSED Sept. 6 – 11 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. 5). 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 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
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.