Taking Resident Game

Methods of taking Quadrupeds and Resident Game Birds

Taking quadrupeds and resident game birds from aircraft or participating in the taking of deer with the aid of aircraft or from automobiles or other moving land vehicles is prohibited.

No person shall take or kill any game bird or wild quadruped with a firearm fitted with any device to deaden or silence the sound of the discharge thereof; or fitted with an infrared sight, electrically operated sight or device specifically designed to enhance vision at night {R.S. 56:116.1B(3)}.

It is illegal to intentionally feed, deposit, place, distribute, expose, scatter, or cause to be fed, deposited, placed, distributed, exposed, or scattered, raw sweet potatoes to wild game quadrupeds.

Use of a longbow (including compound bow and crossbow) and arrow or a shotgun not larger than a 10 gauge fired from the shoulder without a rest shall be legal for taking all resident game birds and quadrupeds. Also, the use of a handgun, rifle and falconry (special permit required) shall be legal for taking all game species except turkey. It shall be illegal to hunt or take squirrel or rabbits at any time with a breech-loaded rifle or handgun larger than a .22 caliber rimfire or a primitive firearm larger than a .36 caliber.

During closed deer gun season, it shall be illegal to possess shotgun shells loaded with slugs or shot larger than BB lead or F steel shot while small game hunting.

Still hunting is defined as stalking or stationary stand hunting without the use of dog(s). Pursuing, driving or hunting deer with dogs is prohibited when or where a still hunting season or area is designated and will be strictly enforced.

Shotguns larger than a 10 gauge or capable of holding more than three shells shall be prohibited. Plugs used in shotguns must be incapable of being removed without disassembly.

Refer to game schedules contained within these regulations for specific restrictions on the use of firearms and other devices.

Nuisance Animals

Landowners or their designees may remove beaver and nutria causing damage to their property without a special permit. Water set traps and firearms may be used to remove beaver; nutria may be removed by any means EXCEPT that nutria cannot be taken by the use of headlight and gun between the hours of sunset and sunrise. With a special permit issued by LDWF, beavers may be taken between one-half hour after official sunset to one-half hour before official sunrise for a period of three consecutive calendar evenings from the effective date of the permit. For specific details contact a regional office near you. Any nuisance beaver or nutria trapped or shot outside open trapping season cannot be pelted or sold. A trapping license is required to sell or pelt nuisance beavers or nutria taken during open trapping season. Squirrel found destroying commercial crops of pecans may be taken year-round by permit issued by LDWF. This permit shall be valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. Contact the local regional office  or details.

Threatened and Endangered Species

Louisiana black bear, Louisiana pearl shell (mussel), sea turtles, gopher tortoise, ringed sawback turtle, brown pelican, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, whooping crane, Eskimo curlew, piping plover, interior least tern, ivory-billed woodpecker, red-cockaded woodpecker, Bachman's warbler, West Indian manatee, Florida panther, pallid sturgeon, gulf sturgeon, Attwater's greater prairie chicken, whales and red wolf. Taking or harassment of any of these species is a violation of state and federal laws. Outlaw Quadrupeds Holders of a legal hunting license may take coyotes, feral hogs where legal and armadillos year round during legal daylight shooting hours. The running of coyotes with dogs is prohibited in all turkey hunting areas during the open turkey season. Coyote hunting is restricted to chase only when using dogs during still hunting segments of the firearm and archery only season for deer. Foxes are protected quadrupeds and may be taken only with traps by licensed trappers during the trapping season. Remaind   of the year "chase only" allowed by licensed hunters.

Hunting and/or Discharging Firearms on Public Roads

Hunting, standing, loitering or shooting game quadrupeds or game birds with a gun during open season while on a public highway or public road right-of-way is prohibited. Hunting or the discharge of firearms on roads or highways located on public levees or within 100 feet from the centerline of such levee roads or highways is prohibited. Spot-lighting or shining from public roads is prohibited by state law. Hunting from all public roads and rights-of-way is prohibited and these provisions will be strictly enforced.


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.

Sex Identification

Positive evidence of sex identification, including the head, shall remain on any deer taken or killed within the state of Louisiana, or on all turkey taken or killed during any special gobbler season when killing of turkey hens is prohibited, so long as such deer or turkey is kept in camp or field, or is in route to the domicile of it possessor, or until such deer or turkey has been stored at the domicile of its possessor or divided at a cold storage facility and has thus become identifiable as food rather than as wild game.

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.

U.S. Army Peason Ridge WMA Public Information Site

Click here for up-to-date information from the U.S. Army regarding Fort Polk WMA.

Maurepas Swamp WMA

Benchmark Water Level-Deer Closure Link



Contact; 985-543-4777; 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.

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 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.

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