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

U.S. Army, U.S. Forest Service
33,488 Acres
(337) 491-2576

Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area is located eighteen miles north of Leesville in Sabine, Natchitoches and Vernon Parishes. Peason Ridge is 33,488 acres in size and is owned by the United States Army.
The terrain consists of gentle to high, rolling hills interspersed with creeks and greenheads. Longleaf pine is dominant on some of the hills while a mixture of loblolly pine, longleaf pine, red oak, blackjack oak 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 types is very sparse and contains wax myrtle, yaupon, sweetgum, dogwood, huckleberry, sumac and seedlings of the overstory.
The creek bottoms and greenheads support an overstory of water oak, beech, magnolia, sweetgum, redmaple and ash. Understory species include dogwood, buttonbush, French mulberry, wild azalea, hazel alder, hawthorn, red bay, white bay, black gum, viburnums and seedlings of the overstory.
Army activities and grazing have produced a successful program.
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove and turkey. Bow hunting is allowed for deer. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the United States Army.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is the only endangered species known to occur on Peason Ridge.
Camping is not permitted on Peason Ridge, but is allowed on adjacent United States Forest Service lands.
A free special use permit is required from the army and daily check in is required.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601. Phone (337) 491-2575.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1213 North Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601, Phone (337)-491-2575 or Building #7654, North Fort Polk, 1-888-718-3029.

Maurepas Swamp WMA

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
120,470 Acres
(985) 543-4777

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. Two tracts totaling some 61,633 acres were donated to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) by the Richard King Mellon Foundation in the summer of 2001.  Between 2002 and 2011, LDWF added nearly 12,000 acres to the WMA through acquisitions and donations.  In early 2012, LDWF acquired from The Conservation Fund an additional 29,630 acres, formerly known as the MC Davis tract, which joined the existing east and west WMA tracts for public outdoor recreation use. The WMA acreage now totals 103,263.
The majority of access into the area is by boat, but there are several portions that can be accessed by foot. Major highways crossing through the area are Interstate 10, Interstate 55, US  61, US 51, and LA 641. Major waterways in the area are Blind River and the Reserve Flood Relief Canal. There are 13 check stations located throughout the area where the public can obtain required self clearing permits to enter the area.
Major topography consists of flooded cypress tupelo swamp. Water levels in this area are influenced by rain, wind, and tides.  Heavy rains accompanied with east winds cause extensive flooding of the area for days at a time. Other vegetation found on the WMA  includes bulltongue, cattail, submerged aquatics, red maple, American elm, sugarberry, Nutall oak, water oak, 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.
There are numerous outdoor recreational activities for the public to pursue on this WMA.  The most sought after species of game are white-tailed deer, squirrels, and rabbits. Freshwater fish, such as largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie are also pursued on the area. Contract trapping for alligators and permit trapping for nutria is allowed each year.  Bird watching, sightseeing, and boat riding are several other forms of recreation allowed on the WMA.  A half mile long nature trail is located on the east side of US 51 approximately half mile north of Peavine Road in Laplace.  Two tent-only camping areas were established in 2012.  One camping area is located on the New River Canal and the other on Reserve Canal (see WMA map for designated camping areas location).
Maurepas Swamp WMA supports numerous bird species throughout the year.  Bald eagles and osprey nest in and around the WMA.  Numerous species of neotropical migrants utilize 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. 
Future plans for the Maurepas Swamp WMA including the placement and monitoring of additional wood duck nest boxes, 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 swamp.
Additional information can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division field office, 42371 Phyllis Ann Drive, Hammond, LA. 70403. Phone (985) 543-4777.

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
33,488 Acres

Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area is located in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, approximately 15 miles southeast of Houma. This area, which is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, includes about 35,000 acres.
Access to the interior is typically limited to boat travel due to the lack of roads. Boat launches into the interior of the area are available on the Island Road and on Highway 665, south of the Headquarters area. The terrain is mostly marsh, varying from intermediate to brackish, interspersed with numerous ponds, bayous, and canals. The only timber stands are located on the Point Farm Unit of the area, or areas adjacent to natural bayous and older oil and gas canals.
Management practices employed to increase productivity of the marshes for furbearers, waterfowl, alligators, and fish are mainly directed towards water control through the use of variable crested weirs and levees.
Game species include waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrels, rails, gallinules, and snipe. Furbearing animals present are mink, nutria, muskrat, raccoon, opossum, and otter. The Department holds annual lottery hunts for waterfowl for the physically challenged hunters and for deer for youth hunters.
Inland saltwater fish species, crabs, and shrimp (shrimp may only be caught with cast net) are available to the recreational fisherman. Fishing is excellent due to the proximity to the Timbalier and Terrebonne Bay watersheds. Freshwater fish may be caught in the more northern portions of the area.
Non-consumptive forms of recreation available include boating, nature study, camping (a tent-camp ground is available along Highway 665, north of the Headquarters area), and picnicking. More information can be obtained by calling 985-594-5494.

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