Hunting

Hunter and Bowhunter Instructor Courses

Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Academy (2-day course)

Dates: January 25 & 26, 2019
 
Location:
LSU Ag Center
157 Cherokee Drive
Crowley, LA 70526 
 
Schedule:
January 25, 2019 (Friday) 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
January 26, 2019 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m
 
 Contact Joshua Johnson at 337-735-8678 or jojohnson@wlf.la.gov for more information or to register for the course.  There are 25 seats available for this class.
 
 

Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Academy (2-day course)

 
February 15 & 16, 2019
 
Location:
DeRidder Water Treatment Facility
1366 Ball Rd
DeRidder, LA  70634
 
Schedule:
February 15th (Friday), 2019  5:30pm to 9:30pm
February 16th (Saturday), 2019 8:30am to 5:00pm
 
Or  for more information, contact Theresa Cross at (337)491-2575 x3009 or tcross@wlf.la.gov
 
 

Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor Academy (2-day course)

 
Dates:  February 22 & 23, 2019
 
Location:
Livingston Parish Sheriff Office Range
29225 Woodside Drive
Walker, LA 70785
 
Schedule: 
February 22, 2019 (Friday) 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
February 23, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
To register for the class, please go to the following link
https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/8182 or contact Brad Jackson at 985-882-9159, ext. 2302 or bjackson@wlf.la.gov
 
 
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Requirements for other states

HUNTING OUTSIDE OF LOUISIANA?

See link below.

Tagging

POSSESSION TAGS

Any part of the deer or wild turkey divided shall have affixed thereto the name, date, address and big game license number of the person killing the deer or wild turkey and the sex of that animal. This information shall be legibly written in pen or pencil on any piece of paper or cardboard or any material which is attached or secured to or enclosing the part or parts. On lands enrolled in DMAP, deer management assistance tags must be attached and locked through the hock of the antlerless deer, (including those taken with bow, muzzleloader and those antlerless deer taken on either-sex days) in a manner that it cannot be removed, before the deer is moved from the site of the kill.

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Natchitoches Shooting Range

Hours

See website

Fees

$20 per day; half price for military, police, and students; memberships available upon request; see website for details

Location

635 Tauzin Road, Natchitoches, LA 71457 (6 miles from Natchitoches on LA Hwy 6 East)

Contact

318-356-9457; natchitochesshootingrange@gmail.com; www.natchitochesshooting.com

Owner/operator

Natchitoches Sportsman's Association

Description

The Natchitoches Shooting Range is a privately owned and operated facility. LDWF has partnered with its owners to provide additional shooting and hunter education opportunities to the public.

  • Shooting accommodations
    • Rifle range (100 yards; lighted, movable target backs; 10 shooting points)
    • Pistol range (25 and 50 yards; 16 lighted shooting points)
    • Sporting clay range (10 stations)
    • 5-stand shotgun (lighted)
    • Skeet and trap (lighted)
    • Archery range with 3-D targets
  • Courses
    • Hunter Education
    • Concealed Carry
    • NRA Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Safety, Personal Protection
  • Proshop
    • Limited stock available onsite plus special order.
    • Gunsmith on duty all hours.

Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range

Hours

See website

Fees

See website

Location

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area near Slidell, LA

Contact

985-643-3938;
selfs.wm@gmail.com
www.honeyisland.org

Owner/operator

Owned by LDWF; operated by Southeast Louisiana Firearm Safety Incorporated

Description

Shooting opportunities include a rifle range, rim-fire and pistol range, shotgun range with electronic throwers, and a 3-D archery range. Southeast Louisiana Firearm Safety Incorporated is a nonprofit volunteer organization which handles the day-to-day operations and upkeep of the range using all volunteer staff. The organization uses money generated from range fees for range maintenance, improvements, and operations.

Rules

See website

Map

Access Map

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Sherburne Shooting Range

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Hours

Skeet Range #1, Archery Range, Pistol Range, and Rifle Range: 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset

Skeet/Trap Range #2: Regular Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 8 am-4 pm  ; Skeet/Trap Range #2 will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, December 22nd & 23rd, 2018

Fees

Free

Location

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, 1132 Sherburne Road, Lottie, LA 70756 (3 miles south of U.S. Hwy 190 on LA Hwy 975)

Contact

Sherburne Headquarters: 337-566-2251; Baton Rouge Office: 337-765-2920; dhurdle@wlf.la.gov

Owner/operator

LDWF

Description

  • Skeet Range #1
    • Two to four manual throwers
    • Bring your own clay targets and shells.
  • Skeet/Trap Range #2
    • Two electric throwers (high and low houses) and one trap bunkhouse, with remote-controlled releases
    • Shooters must supply their clays and ammunition. We recommend standard (4.5-inch) clays.
  • Archery Range
    • Bag targets are set at various distances of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards
    • 15-foot elevated tower for shooting 3-D targets
  • Pistol Range
    • Covered outdoor range with 10, 25, and 50-yard targets
    • 20 shooting positions
  • Rifle Range
    • Covered outdoor range with 25, 50, and 100-yard targets
    • 12 concrete shooting benches
    • Paper targets only

Rules

Self-Clearing Permit

You must have a Self-Clearing Permit for all activities on wildlife management areas, unless otherwise specified. This includes the use of any shooting range. Self-Clearing Permits are available at Information/Permit Stations located on the Range Complex. You must fill out the Self-Clearing Permit before entering the range area.

Licenses

If you’re using a WMA for any purpose other than hunting, you must have one of the following:

  • A valid Wild Louisiana Stamp
  • A valid Louisiana fishing license
  • A valid Louisiana hunting license

Individuals younger than age 16 or older than age 60 are exempt from this requirement.

Range Rules

  1. All users must abide by range officer directions (if present).
  2. Eye and ear protection required.
  3. Firearms must be uncased, magazines removed, and actions open when carried onto range.
  4. Keep all muzzles pointed in a safe direction.
  5. No handling of firearms when users are down range.
  6. Shooters may have only one firearm on the firing line at a time.
  7. All firearms must be unloaded with the actions open unless on the firing line and the range is cleared for live fire. 
  8. During a cease fire, all firearms must be properly racked behind the shooting line, completely unloaded, with the action open.
  9. No rapid fire or fully automatic fire.
  10. Firearms may not be drawn and fired from holsters.
  11. Only paper targets and provided target frames may be used. No metal or exploding targets.
  12. No tracer or armor piercing rounds allowed.
  13. Must use the provided launchers to shoot clay targets.
  14. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  15. No profane language or derogatory remarks.
  16. No pets allowed.
  17. Shooters must pick up their own shell hulls, casings, and trash and dispose of it properly.
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Woodworth Shooting Range

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Hours

  • The Woodworth Shooting Range will be closed Good Friday (April 19th) and Easter Sunday (April 21) in observance of the holidays.  Range will be open Saturday (April 20th) for normal business hours.

  • Rifle and pistol ranges, 3-D archery trail, and static archery range: Thursday-Sunday, 8 am-5 pm

  • 5-stand sporting clays: Thursday-Friday, 12 pm-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8 am-5 pm

  • Range is closed the third Saturday of each month from 8 am-12 pm

  • Cick here for the most up to date hours

Fees

Free (except sporting clays)

Location

661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, LA 71485

Contact

318-484-2212

Owner/operator

LDWF

Description

  • 100-yard rifle and 50-yard pistol ranges—target frames, paper targets, eye protection, and ear protection are provided.
  • 5-stand sporting clays—$5 per round (25 clays)
  • 10 target 3-D archery trail
  • 50-yard static archery range

Rules

  1. All users must abide by range officer directions (if present).
  2. Eye and ear protection required.
  3. Firearms must be uncased, magazines removed, and actions open when carried onto range.
  4. Keep all muzzles pointed in a safe direction.
  5. No handling of firearms when users are down range.
  6. Shooters may have only one firearm on the firing line at a time.
  7. All firearms must be unloaded with the actions open unless on the firing line and the range is cleared for live fire.
  8. During a cease fire, all firearms must be properly racked behind the shooting line, completely unloaded, with the action open.
  9. No rapid fire or fully automatic fire.
  10. Firearms may not be drawn and fired from holsters.
  11. Only paper targets and provided target frames may be used. No metal or exploding targets.
  12. No tracer or armor piercing rounds allowed.
  13. Must use the provided launchers to shoot clay targets.
  14. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  15. No profane language or derogatory remarks.
  16. No pets allowed.
  17. Shooters must pick up their own shell hulls, casings, and trash and dispose of it properly.
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Process For Setting Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

By Mike Olinde, Research Program Manager and Dr. E. Jane Luzar, LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

There has always been a great interest in duck hunting in Louisiana because of their abundant numbers in the state during the winter. However, with increased communication between hunters, between hunters and wildlife managers, and the use of mass communication, like internet websites and waterfowl forums, the interest in the processes by which ducks are managed and harvest regulations are determined has been heightened. Have you ever wondered how or what is the process for setting waterfowl regulations?

One of the first things you should know is that neither the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission nor the Department have the authority to determine the bag limit, season length or dates for waterfowl, better known as the Framework waterfowl hunting regulations. This authority lies with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) because of the migratory nature of the birds. The Service receives extremely broad guidance on how to manage this international resource through the Migratory Bird Treaty that includes the United States and the countries of Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the Soviet Union. Some of these agreements date to 1916. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 actually empowered the federal government to annually develop waterfowl hunting regulations. Our Commission can only select days, bag limit and dates within the framework of options permitted by the Service. This contrasts sharply with the Commission's total authority for the establishment of resident game seasons and bags.

The Service uses a number of surveys to annually monitor the size and distribution of waterfowl populations. These include May Breeding Population Surveys, May Pond Counts, Production Surveys, Migration/Mid-Winter Population Surveys, Harvest and Parts (Wings and Tails) Surveys and an extensive Leg-Banding Program. Some of these surveys date to the mid-1930's. The most comprehensive data collection efforts began in 1955 with the initiation of the May Breeding Population Survey. This survey covers some 1.3 million square miles with transects flown throughout most of the duck breeding habitat in the northern United States and much of Canada to count breeding pairs of 10 species of ducks. A sample of these aerial surveys is then checked on the ground to insure accuracy of the aerial data. Information from these collective surveys is considered each year when hunting regulations are established. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries contributes annually to the Service survey process by conducting mid-winter aerial surveys in Louisiana and sending biologists to the annual Parts Survey (Wing Bee) and to Canada to assist in duck and goose banding.

National Regulatory Process

The states participate in the Service regulatory process through the Flyway Council system. There are 4 Flyways nationwide and Louisiana is in the Mississippi Flyway, which includes the 14 states roughly west of the Appalachian Mountain Range, and east of Texas. Each state and Canadian province has 1 member on the Council. This system was developed in the early 1950's as an administrative system to coordinate waterfowl hunting regulations and other conservation issues. A state's Flyway Council member is usually a high level administrative biologist of the state wildlife agency or its Director. A Flyway Technical committee, composed of waterfowl biologists, serves as consultants to each Council as they deliberate various waterfowl issues. Finally, the Service has a Service Regulations Committee (SRC), which is composed of 6 high level administrators, that listens to input from their staff, a Council representative, conservation organizations and private individuals. The SCR then makes its recommendation to the Director of the Service and the Secretary of the Interior who ultimately establish the regulation framework. As one might expect, this process has an extended timeline. The process begins in February and continues through early August when proposals by the Service are finally published and provided to the states and general public for comments or action

So what do biologists use to develop their recommendations at the Flyway level? Historically, the various surveys were used as general guides for recommendations. Today, a slightly different tool is used - in addition to the surveys.The management system known as "Adaptive Harvest Management" that was developed for use in the waterfowl regulation setting process. The Mallard Breeding Population and May Pond Counts on the breeding grounds are 2 factors that drive the Adaptive Harvest model used by the Service as a tool to determine the number of days of duck hunting and daily bag to allow. Under the system, there are currently 3 options: Restrictive, Moderate and Liberal. Depending on the option the model predicts, the season length can range from as few as 30 days to as many as 60 while the bag limit is either 3 or 6 ducks with varying restrictions on total mallards and hen mallards.

 
Option Season Length Daily Bag Limit (total/mallards/hen mallards) Latest hunt date
Restrictive 30 days (3 / 2 / 1) Sunday nearest Jan. 20
Moderate 45 days (6 / 4 / 1) Last Sunday in January
Liberal 60 days (6 / 4 / 2) Last Sunday in January

State Regulatory Process

At the state level, once the Service has established the season length and bag limit frameworks, the Department makes hunting season dates and bag recommendations to our Commission. For the general waterfowl season, this is done at the August Commission meeting. The Department's biological staff uses a number of factors in developing its recommendation including historical duck migration patterns as determined by aerial surveys conducted by Wildlife Division personnel, historical marsh and weather conditions, and public input.

The waterfowl hunting season dates have traditionally opened in the West Zone of the state the first weekend in November when 55 days of hunting were allowed during the mid-1970's and early 1980's. This time was selected for a combination of reasons including (1) duck numbers, (2) water level conditions in the marshes and (3) traditional harvest area. Our waterfowl surveys have shown that large numbers ducks are in the coastal marshes during November, particularly blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, gadwall, wigeon, northern shoveler and northern pintail. Water level is generally lower in our coastal marshes during November as compared to December and January. As a result, duck feeding (and hunting) conditions are also generally better at this time for most coastal marshes.

Flooded agricultural lands such as rice and soybeans and bottomland hardwood forest are also important to ducks and duck hunters, but not as important as our coastal marshes. Size and availability of water certainly plays a role in determining this relative importance. For example, our coastal marshes cover some 4 million acres. In contrast, rice production generally occurs on about 600,000 acres in Louisiana of which about one-third is second cropped. Coastal marshes in southwest Louisiana provide vast areas of waterfowl habitat and account for the majority of the dabbling duck harvest in the state. As a result, coastal marshes are also extremely important to Louisiana waterfowling and its associated economics. For example, Cameron Parish, which includes almost 1 million acres of marshland, generally accounts for about 60-80% of the regional harvest and 30-50% of the statewide harvest of these ducks.

The tasks of recommending and establishing seasons are often difficult for the Department and the Commission. When it comes to the duck season for the West Zone, the dilemma is that marsh hunting is generally better in earlier November before the rains raise the water levels in the marsh. However, hunting is better in the rice country and other agricultural areas in late November and December after the rains flood the fields and marsh conditions have deteriorated. We attempt to accommodate (which often means develop compromises) sociological and demographic concerns when biology is not the primary issue. To this end, responding to input from the public, the opening date in the West Zone was moved to the second weekend in November and the second split closed later in January a few years ago. The East Zone season dates are usually later and run until the end of the framework.

Public Opinion

An integral part of the process for setting waterfowl hunting regulations is providing opportunity for public input. Public comment periods are specified in the Federal Register to gather public opinion information prior to setting the Framework regulations. Similarly, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the Department make regular press releases and offer time at Commission meetings to accept and record statements of public opinion. Prior to the 2005 season-setting process, the Department solicited public comment via this internet site to make it easier for hunters or other wildlife constituents to comment on proposed alternative waterfowl hunting regulations.

In a continuing effort to understand the desires of our hunters, the Department conducts periodic special surveys. In the spring of 2005, the Department, cooperating with the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources conducted a mail survey of state duck stamp buyers. Over 6,000 waterfowl hunters were asked to share their opinions about recent waterfowl hunting quality in Louisiana and possible changes in the waterfowl hunting seasons structure and indicate their preferences for alternative management strategies. In addition, hunters were asked to provide information on their duck hunting characteristics. Preliminary results of this survey were presented to the Commission in November, 2005 and can be seen in the Research section.

As you can see, the waterfowl regulation setting process is quite involved. The Department listens and responds to constituent concerns. It is actively pursuing avenues and information that allow development of seasons which accommodate the hunting public's highly varied desires as much as possible.

Mississippi Flyway Council

The 2 waterfowl biologists in the Department's Wildlife Division are active members of the Mississippi Flyway Council Technical Section (MFCTS). The MFCTS consists of biologists from 14 states, roughly aligned between the Mississippi River drainage and the Appalachian Mountains, and the 3 Canadian provinces that make up the Mississippi Flyway. Along with biologists from federal agencies from the U.S. and Canada plus private conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the MFCTS is the science and technology arm of the Mississippi Flyway Council. Their role is to gather scientific data to provide the biological foundation to be strongly considered in waterfowl-management decisions made by members of the Council, who are usually high-ranking employees of participating agencies and organizations. No doubt, the most anticipated actions the Flyway Council takes is the setting of waterfowl hunting regulations.

Unlike for resident game animals, annual migratory waterfowl hunting regulations must be coordinated through this multi-agency international organization adding complexity to the season setting process. Hunting regulations can vary annually based largely on wetland habitat conditions in northern breeding sites and the success of nesting efforts. The Technical Section analyzes the status of waterfowl and recommends annual hunting regulations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once hunting season packages are approved by the USFWS, Waterfowl Program biologists present Department recommendations to the Commission, hunting club groups and the media.

In addition to hunting regulations, the Section also coordinates and participates in flyway wide cooperative migratory waterfowl/wetlands research and management efforts. The goose neck collar program previously mentioned is an example of such a flyway project. The Waterfowl Program is responsible for preparing technical reports and publications on MFCTS activities and chairs several sub-committees within the MFCTS. Through the association with the MFCTS, one of the Program's biologists has been the Flyway's Representative on the Arctic Goose Joint Venture. This group consists of one representative from each of the 4 Flyways, federal U.S. and Canadians employees and provincial biologists. This Joint Venture primarily recommends and prioritizes goose research projects and coordination efforts associated with the current snow goose over- population crisis.

Research Projects

The importance of continued research in waterfowl ecology and management cannot be overstated. Our waterfowl resources are highly dynamic, with populations changing from year to year in response primarily to changing hydrology and land-use which affect habitat quality in both breeding and wintering areas. They are also highly mobile, and consequently, their distribution may change within a season related to weather, managed flooding, or hunting pressure. There are always questions needing answers to help us best use our time, effort, and money to most benefit waterfowl and maximize the benefits they provide to our sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts.

The Waterfowl Program typically supports research projects as a partner in a multi-organizational effort. By providing financial support, vehicles, aircraft, personnel, lodging, or equipment, Program personnel assist with finding answers to questions that often help us better manage our waterfowl resources. Research projects also offer opportunities to train and assess young biologists who will provide their knowledge, skills, and unique views to our future waterfowl management.

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