Harvest Information Program

The Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification is required of all licensed hunters who hunt migratory bird (ducks, geese, coots doves, rails, gallinules, snipe, and woodcock), including lifetime license holders.

This federal program is design to develop better harvest estimates for all migratory birds. Hunters will be asked how many of each species that they bagged last season to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to better identify persons for sampling of a specific species such as woodcock. However, even some migratory bird hunters who indicate that they did not hunt a particular species will be sampled because a percentage that did not hunt a particular species may hunt them the following year. All migratory bird hunters will not receive the federal harvest surveys. Hunters to be sampled will be randomly chosen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the certified hunters.

When buying your hunting license, vendors should automatically ask whether you intend to hunt migratory birds. Should this not happen and you plan to hunt migratory, you should request that the HIP questions (Privilege 09) be completed. If you initially indicate that you are not planning on hunting migratory birds and later decide to hunt them, you must complete the certification process. If no other hunting licenses are being purchased, simply request the vendor to certify you for Privilege 09. There is no cost for the certification. Migratory bird hunters who do not require hunting licenses, such as 15 year-olds and younger, are also encouraged to become HIP certified. Lifetime license holders are required by law to be HIP certified if hunting migratory birds and may become certified at any Louisiana license vendor.

For more information about HIP in Louisiana call 225-765-2887.

Duck Hunting Requirements


In addition to a Federal Duck Stamp AND Louisiana HIP Certification the following apply:

Waterfowl hunters, age 16 or older are required to carry one of the following:

1) Basic Hunting - $15 and Louisiana Duck - $5.50
2) Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise - $100
3) LA. Lifetime License that includes Hunting
4) Senior Hunt/Fish License - $5 (residents who turned 60 after June 1, 2000)

1) Non-resident Hunting Season - $150 AND Non=Resident LA Duck - $25
2) Non-resident Small Game/MigBird 1-day - $29
3) LA Lifetime License that includes Hunting
4) LA Native NR Hunt (5-day) - $15 and NR LA Native Duck - $5.50
5) Res/NR Military Hunt - $15 and Res/NR Military Duck - $5.50

Licenses and HIP Certification may be obtained from any license vendor location or by phone at 1-888-765-2602, or internet at

Senior Fish/Hunt


Senior Fish/Hunt License: Any resident who turned sixty (60) years of age on or after June 1, 2000 must obtain a senior fishing/hunting license to hunt or fish. This license does not include special gear such as trawls, crab traps, crawfish traps, hoop nets, etc.

Peason Ridge WMA



Contact; 337-491-2575; 1213 North Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601


Sabine, Natchitoches, Vernon


U.S. Army


The terrain on Peason Ridge WMA consists of gentle to high rolling hills interspersed with creeks. Longleaf pine is dominant on some of the hills while a mixture of loblolly and longleaf pine and red, blackjack, and post oak is found on other ridges. Some portions of the area support mixed pine stands of longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf. Groves of sandjack oak are also present. Large areas with little or no timber are common. The understory of these upland areas is very sparse and contains wax myrtle, yaupon, sweetgum, dogwood, huckleberry, sumac, and seedlings of the overstory. The overstory on the creek bottoms includes water oak, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, red maple, and ash. Understory species include dogwood, buttonbush, French mulberry, wild azalea, hazel alder, hawthorn, red and white bay, black gum, viburnum, and seedlings of the overstory.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove, and turkey. There is also a youth turkey lottery hunt. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink, and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is not permitted on Peason Ridge WMA but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.


Peason Ridge WMA is located 14 miles north of Leesville. You must have a self-clearing permit to access the WMA. Click here for more details.

Maurepas Swamp WMA

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Contact; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403


Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Tangipahoa




Maurepas Swamp WMA is mostly flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Water levels in this area are influenced by rain, wind, and tides. Heavy rains accompanied with east winds can cause extensive flooding in the area for days at a time. Other vegetation found on the WMA includes bulltongue, cattail, submerged aquatics, red maple, American elm, sugarberry, and nuttall, water, and obtusa oak. Invasive species include water hyacinth, Bidens sp. “fourchette”, and an aquatic fern known as common salvinia. The presence of this invasive vegetation has made much of the area unsuitable for the large numbers of waterfowl that historically overwintered in this vast swamp.

Future plans for the WMA include cooperative freshwater reintroduction projects designed to revive the swamp and improved control of invasive plant species that have overtaken much of this important and scenic area.

Maurepas Swamp WMA consists of two tracts totaling some 61,633 acres donated to LDWF by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the summer of 2001, 12,000 acres of acquisitions and donations between 2002 and 2011, an additional 29,630 acres (M.C. Davis Tract) acquired from the Conservation fund in early 2012, and subsequent property acquisitions, including the Rathborne, Boyce, and Crusel tracts.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: The most sought after game species on Maurepas Swamp WMA are white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons. While you may use ATVs to retrieve game on much of the WMA, you many not use motorized vehicles on the Crusel Tract. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Common freshwater fish include largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. See regulations for details.

Camping: There are two tent-only camping areas; one is on the New River Canal and the other on Reserve Canal.

Birding and wildlife viewing: Bald eagles and osprey nest in and around the WMA. Numerous species of neotropical migrant birds use this coastal forest habitat during fall and spring migrations. Resident birds, including wood ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks, egrets, and herons can be found on the WMA year-round.

Hiking: A ½-mile long nature trail is located on the east side of U.S. Hwy 51, approximately ½ mile north of Peavine Road in LaPlace.


Maurepas Swamp WMA is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans, along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento. You can access the area by boat via the Blind River and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. You can also access on foot; major highways crossing through the area include I-10, I-55, U.S. Hwy 51, and LA Hwy 641. There are 16 self-clearing permit stations located throughout the WMA.

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA



Contact; 504-284-5264


Terrebonne, Lafourche




Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is mostly marsh, varying from intermediate to brackish and interspersed with numerous ponds, bayous, and canals. The only timber stands are located on the Point Farm Unit of the area and on areas adjacent to natural bayous and older oil and gas canals.

LDWF manages the property through water control, mainly using variable crested weirs and levees, to increase productivity of the marshes for furbearers, waterfowl, alligators, and fish.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrel, rails, gallinules, and snipe. There is also an annual youth deer lottery hunt on the WMA. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is excellent for inland saltwater fish species, crabs, and shrimp. Freshwater fish are available in the more northern portions of the WMA. See regulations for details.

Camping: There is a tent-only campground along Hwy 665, north of the headquarters area.


Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located about 15 miles southeast of Houma. Access to the interior is typically limited to boats due to the lack of roads. There are boat launches into the interior on Island Rd and Hwy 665, south of the headquarters area.

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