L.D.W.F. Advisory for Teal Hunters in Oil Spill Impacted Areas

Release Date: 09/03/2010

Teal season opens Saturday, Sept.11, and thousands of hunters will make their first waterfowl hunts in the coastal marshes since last winter. Although no areas in Louisiana are closed to hunting due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacts, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) advises hunters that they may encounter clean-up activities, boom protecting habitat, and possibly oiled habitat or birds. Additionally, some boat launch access points will be in use for continued clean-up activities.
Launch and Habitat Access
Boat launches serving the clean-up operation will be crowded with vehicles serving that mission. For example, launches in Hopedale, Cocodrie, Myrtle Grove and Venice are departure points for oil-spill workers, and the launch at the end of LA Hwy. 665 near Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed to public use. Once on the water, hunters should expect additional boat traffic in areas near oil impacts. Like fishermen, hunters are not allowed to cross protective boom and are required to stay at least 65 feet from boom and other clean-up equipment.
The U.S. Coast Guard and oil-spill response operations personnel have agreed to minimize wildlife habitat disturbance where individuals may be hunting. Air-boat activity on WMAs will be stopped, low-level aircraft flights and other operations will be delayed until later in the morning, and clean-up crews will be briefed about potential hunting activity during the Sept.11 – 26 teal season.
LDWF asks hunters to remain aware of clean-up crews along the coast and understand the significance of their continued efforts. Oil-spill responders will be in clusters of boats and wearing white Tyvek suits. Their presence puts added emphasis on standard gun-safety procedures. Oil impacts are generally on the exterior marshes and islands, open bays and barrier islands. Any questions or issues relating to teal season hunting in areas of oil impact or cleanup activities should be reported to the Louisiana Teal Season Hotline at (985) 647-0266.
Oiled Wildlife or Habitat
In the unlikely event that hunters harvest an oiled bird, it must be kept as part of the daily bag limit, but LDWF is advising hunters NOT to eat visibly oiled ducks. Hunters are asked to report any oiled bird harvested, and any other oiled birds observed in the field, to the Oiled Wildlife Hotline at (866) 557-1401 and also to the nearest LDWF Field Office. If possible, wrap the oiled bird in aluminum foil or paper, and deliver it to the nearest LDWF Field Office or active bag check station so the bird can be analyzed and become part of the oil-spill damage assessment.
Hunters are also encouraged to report oil impacted marsh habitat to the Environmental Hotline at (866) 448-5816.
As part of the wildlife recovery and rehabilitation process, a few game birds that were recovered have been cleaned and released back into the wild. These birds have been tagged with a standard silver federal band and a red auxiliary band that says “Oil Spill Bird.” Hunters should not eat these birds, but should call the phone numbers on the band to report them.
For more information please contact Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader, at (225) 765-0456 or

L.W.F.C. Requiring New Permit for Deer Hunters Using Dogs in Kisatchie National Forest

Release Date: 09/03/2010

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, in consultation with Kisatchie National Forest (KNF), is requiring a permit for those deer hunters on KNF during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season, Dec. 18 to 24 and Dec. 26, 2010.

The permits will be available beginning Oct. 1, 2010 on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website or through one of LDWF’s or KNF’s field offices. The permitting process will enable KNF and LDWF to gather information necessary to proceed with future hunting opportunities on these properties. Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit. Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF. Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number. To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on all dogs engaged in the hunt.

For more information on how to obtain a permit, call Justin Rabalais at 225-765-2346 or the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885.
For more information on all other rules regarding hunting on the KNF, please visit:
For more information, contact Justin Rabalais at 225-765-2346 or


Potential Guides for Alligator Sport Hunters


Dan Hidalgo
Acadiane’ Expeditions
15223 Highway 182
Franklin, LA 70538
337-828-7504 phone
337-828-7508 fax

James “Reggie” Little
359 Country Ridge Road #17
Opelousas, LA 70570
337-948-7364 phone
337-351-5798 cell

Ricky Canik
150 Canik Road
Grand Chenier, LA 70643

Steve Loupe
145 Boras Lane
Des Allemands, LA 70030

Dan Davis
1607 Coral Drive
Houma, LA 70360
985-876-6813 phone
985-637-5127 cell

Todd Oalman
119 Oalman Lane
Madisonville, LA 70447

Raymond Fonesca
283 Highway 631
Des Allemands, LA 70030

Jady Regard
1415 Easy Street
New Iberia, LA 70560

Scott Henry
160 Smith Circle
Cameron, LA 70631

Jimmie Toups
297 West 54th Street
Cutoff, LA 70345

Arthur Matherne
4262 Hwy 90 East
Des Allemands, LA 70030

Chris S. Winter Sr.
P.O. Box635
Lafitte, LA 70067
504-615-0963 phone
504-689-3863 fax
504-615-0963 cell

Chris Gomez
4283 Bayou Black Dr.
Houma, LA 70360

Bayou Taxidermy & Hunting
David Cavaretta
225-791-4208 phone
225-405-4683 cell
Provost Adventures Corp.
Charlie Provost
Creole, LA
Julius “Trip” Daigle
P.O. Box 282
Paincourtville, LA 70391
985-665-6494 cell

Belle Isle LLC
Attn: John DeBlieux
P.O. Box3301
Houma, LA 70361

Atchafalaya Alligator Hunts, LLC
Gregory Hedges
Pierre Part, La.
985-227-6827 cell

Wax Bayou Hunting Club
Josh Fogarty

Guided Ventures
Charlie LeDoux
1530 Goos Ferry Road
Moss Bluff, La. 70611
337-515-HUNT (4868)

Louisiana Marsh Adventures LLC.
16015 Hwy. 15
Braithwaite. LA 70040

The Gator Commander
Allen Butler

Jack Laws
JKL Hunting Adventures, LLC
801 North St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Cell: 225-270-2620

Thomas Jones

Captain Brent Bourgeois
Pirate Venture
New Orleans, La
(504) 233-5000



Alligator Hunting Contacts

Private Lands Alligator Harvest Administrators

LDWF CNR Division, Baton Rouge Office
LDWF Wildlife Division, Minden Private Lands
P.O. Box 98000 (mailing address)
9961 Hwy 80
2000 Quail Drive (physical address)
Minden, La. 71055
Baton Rouge, La. 70898-9000
Phone : 318-371-3050
Eric Ledet
Kate Hasapes
Phone : 225-763-5492
LDWF CNR Division, New Iberia Zone
LDWF Wildlife Division, Monroe Private Lands
200 Dulles Dr.
368 CenturyLink Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
Monroe, La. 71203
Jason Waller,
Mike Dupuis,
Phone : 318-343-4044
Phone : 337-735-8672
Biologist #1: John Hanks,
LDWF CNR Division, New Orleans Zone
LDWF Wildlife Division, Opelousas Zone Private Lands
PO Box 98000 (mailing address)
200 Dulles Dr.
2000 Quail Dr. (physical address)
Lafayette, LA 70506
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
Chad Gaspard: or
Eric Ledet
Ken Moreau:
Phone : 225-763-5492
Phone : 337-262-2080
LDWF CNR Division, Rockefeller Refuge
LDWF Wildlife Division, Pineville Private Lands
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy.
1995 Shreveport Hwy.
Grand Chenier, La. 70643
Pineville, La. 71360
Leisa Nunez or Angela Guidry
phone 318-487-5885
Phone : 337-538-2276
Biologist #1: Ben Holten,
Biologist #2: Justin Ebarb,
LDWF Wildlife Division, Lake Charles Private Lands
1213 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, La. 70601
Kori Legleu
Phone : 337-491-2575

Public Lands Alligator Harvest Administrators

LDWF Wildlife Division, Coastal Lafayette Region
LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP East
200 Dulles Dr.
42371 Phyllis Ann Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Hammond, La. 70403
Lance Campbell
Forest Burks
phone 337-735-8667
phone 985-543-4782
LDWF CNR Division, Rockefeller Refuge
LDWF Wildlife Division, MAV North
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy.
368 CenturyLink Drive
Grand Chenier, La. 70643
Monroe, La. 71203
Scooter Trosclair
Corey May
phone 337-538-2276
phone 318-343-4044
LDWF CNR Division, White Lake WCA
LDWF Wildlife Division, MAV South
710 West Prien Lake Road - Suite 202A
200 Dulles Dr.
Lake Charles, La. 70601
Lafayette, LA 70506
Wayne Sweeney
Tony Vidrine
phone 337-479-1894
phone 337-262-2080
LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP West (Minden)
USFWS, Mandalay NWR
9961 Hwy 80
3599 Bayou Black Drive
Minden, La. 71055
Houma, La. 70360
Czerny Newland
phone 985-853-1078
phone 318-371-3050
LDWF Wildlife Division, GCP West (Lake Charles)
USFWS, Southwest La. NWR Complex
1213 N. Lakeshore Drive
1428 Hwy. 27
Lake Charles, La. 70601
Bell City, La. 70630
Wendell Smith
phone 337-598-2216
phone 337-491-2599
CNR - Coastal and Nongame Resources
WCA - Wetlands Conservation Area
GCP - Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion
MAV - Mississippi Alluvial Valley Ecoregion
April 2016

Alligator Program E-mail Address:


Alligator Hunting

Private Lands

A resident alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest. Alligator hunters apply for alligator tags prior to the season. An alligator hunter license applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed alligator hunter license application form including the hunter's information (name, date of birth, drivers license number, etc.),
  • Proof of property ownership (tax receipts or bill of sale) containing Parish, Township, Range, Section and acreage information,
  • A map outlining the property to be hunted
  • A landowner's signature indicating permission for the hunter to harvest alligators on the property
  • If applicable, a legal alligator hunting lease may be submitted.

Individuals interested in obtaining alligator harvest information on private lands (what is considered alligator habitat, does my property qualify for alligator tags, requirements, etc.) should contact the corresponding office/biologist responsible for administering alligator harvests on private lands for the parish in which the property is located (see map and contact information).

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Resident alligator hunting licenses cost $25. There is no charge for alligator tags.

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands or public lands/lakes can harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

Nonresidents can only harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

A guide must be an alligator hunter possessing tags. An alligator Sport Hunter License costs $25 for Louisiana residents and $150 for nonresidents.

Public Lands and Lakes

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands may be able to harvest alligators on public lands or lakes. These public lands/lakes are managed by many different entities ranging from local parish governments to federal government agencies. Alligator hunters are selected for these areas through bidding and lotteries. 

LDWF's Lottery Alligator Harvest Program provides more than 300 resident alligator hunters the opportunity to harvest approximately 800 alligators on almost 40 WMAs/public lakes located throughout the state. Lottery applications are available mid to late May of each year.

Individuals interested in obtaining specific public land/lake alligator harvest information (selection methods, requirements, availability, etc.) should contact the corresponding office responsible for that particular public land/lake (see map and contact information).

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Resident alligator hunting licenses cost $25. There is no charge for alligator tags issued to non-lottery alligator hunters. Lottery alligator hunters may be required to pay a set fee per alligator tag issued. These fees are in lieu of payments normally made to LDWF for the value of alligators harvested.

Residents not possessing or having permission to harvest alligators on private lands or public lands/lakes can harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

Nonresidents can only harvest alligators as an alligator sport hunter while accompanied by a guide.

A guide must be an alligator hunter possessing tags. An alligator Sport Hunter License costs $25 for Louisiana residents and $150 for nonresidents.

Alligator Program


LDWF manages the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource. The goals of LDWF's alligator program are to manage and conserve Louisiana's alligators as part of the state's wetland ecosystem, provide benefits to the species, its habitat and the other species of fish and wildlife associated with alligators. The basic philosophy was to develop a sustained use management program which, through regulated harvest, would provide long term benefits to the survival of the species, maintain its habitats, and provide significant economic benefits to landowners, alligator farmers and alligator hunters. Since Louisiana's coastal alligator habitats are primarily privately owned (approximately 81%), our sustained use management program provides direct economic benefit and incentive to private landowners, and alligator hunters/farmers who lease land, to protect the alligator and to protect, maintain, and enhance the alligator's wetland habitats.

LDWF's sustained use program is one of the world's most recognizable examples of a wildlife conservation success story. Louisiana's program has been used as a model for managing various crocodilian species throughout the world. Since the inception of LDWF's program in 1972, over 810,000 wild alligators have been harvested, over 6.5 million alligator eggs have been collected, and over 3.5 million farm raised alligators have been sold bringing in millions of dollars of revenue to landowners, trappers and farmers. Conservative estimates have valued these resources at over $704,000,000, providing significant, direct economic benefit to Louisiana.

Commercial trade in alligators is regulated through the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). While the alligator is not endangered or threatened anywhere in the U.S., it is listed on Appendix II of CITES due to its similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilian species. CITES requirements are implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). On an annual basis LDWF must provide to the USFWS a "finding of no detriment" stating that Louisiana's harvest and export of alligators are not detrimental to the survival of the species.

LDWF's alligator program can be separated into three categories: wild alligator management, alligator farming/ranching program and nuisance alligator program.


Louisiana's wild alligator management program involves:

  • Annual coastal nest surveys to index populations
  • Calculating 50+ wild alligator harvest quotas
  • Executing the annual wild alligator harvest
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpretting necessary data,
  • Providing technical assistance to landowners and hunters
  • Ensuring compliance with CITES and USFWS requirements
  • Conducting necessary research activities.

Louisiana's alligator farming/ranching program involves:

  • Monitoring compliance with farm facility requirements
  • Facilitating alligator egg collections; set egg harvest quotas and issue permits
  • Verifying/accounting for farm inventories and harvest tags
  • Processing farm-raised alligators for release into wild
  • Inspecting live alligator and alligator hide shipments
  • Collecting, analyzing and interpretting necessary data
  • Providing technical assistance to landowners and farmers
  • Ensuring compliance with CITES and USFWS requirements.

Louisiana's nuisance alligator program involves:

  • Minimizing/alleviating alligator/human conflicts
  • Managing a statewide network of nuisance alligator hunters
  • Receiving and processing nuisance alligator complaints
  • Assigning complaints to nuisance hunters
  • Ensuring hunter compliance with nuisance alligator policy
  • Reviewing and analyzing nuisance alligator complaints and harvest data annually.

Camp Beauregard



Contact; 318-487-5885; 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360


Rapides, Grant


Louisiana National Guard


The Louisiana National Guard primarily uses Camp Beauregard WMA as a training facility but also manages the area’s timber for commercial production.

There are gently rolling hills in the upland areas. Pine plantations dominate the upland overstory, but there are scattered hardwoods in the hills. The upland understory varies considerably depending on the overstory; areas with good understory development support French mulberry, blackberry, greenbrier, yaupon, trumpet creeper, rattan, and other browse plants.

The Flagon Creek area (about 800 acres) frequently floods and is typical bottomland hardwood forest with water, post, overcup, and red oak; hickory; sweetgum; cypress; and bitter pecan. Common understory plants in this area include swamp privet, water elm, mayhaw, and swamp snowbell.

Activities and Amenities

Camp Beauregard WMA’s first function is as a military reservation; special regulations apply to the use of this WMA.

Hunting and trapping: Game species available for hunting include squirrel, turkey, deer, rabbit, quail, dove, wood duck, and woodcock. There is a disabled veterans lottery hunt for deer as well as a youth-only deer season. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Fishing is available in the Twin Lakes and Flagon Bayou. See regulations for details.

Camping: Limited camping is allowed by reservation only. Call 318-641-3365 for more information.

Other: hiking, photography, birding


Camp Beauregard WMA is located approximately 8 miles north of Alexandria.

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