Deer Tagging Information

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate carcass tag before it is moved from the kill site, and the hunter must document the kill on the harvest report card portion of the deer tag license.

The hunter must record the date of kill and the parish of kill on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the deer while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations. Within 7 days the hunter must validate the kill using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link:

Hunters harvesting deer on DMAP lands should follow the instructions provided to them by LDWF. When deer check stations are in operation, hunters on WMAs can validate deer during mandatory deer check hunts.

Bag Limits

One antlered and one antlerless deer per day (when legal) EXCEPT on some Federal Lands where the daily limit shall be one deer per day (see specific Federal Lands regulations for details). Season limit is six, not to exceed three antlered OR four antlerless deer (all segments included) by all methods of take, EXCEPT deer harvested on property enrolled in DMAP will not count in the season or daily bag limit for hunters. See DMAP Regulations (LAC 76:v.111) for more information. Antlerless deer may be harvested during entire deer season on private lands (all segments included) EXCEPT as specified in the deer hunting schedule. Consult  deer hunting schedule for either-sex days for these parishes and areas.  A legal antlered deer is a deer with at least one visible antler of hardened bony material, broken naturally through the skin.

Hunter Orange

Any person hunting any wildlife during the open firearms deer hunting season and possessing buckshot, slugs, a primitive firearm or a centerfire rifle shall display on his head, chest and/or back a total of not less than 400 square inches of “HUNTER ORANGE.” Persons hunting on privately owned, legally posted land may wear a hunter orange cap or hat in lieu of the 400 square inches. These provisions shall not apply to persons hunting deer from elevated stands on property that is privately owned and legally posted or to archery deer hunters hunting on legally posted lands where firearm hunting is not allowed by agreement of the landowner or lessee. However, anyone hunting deer on such lands where hunting with firearms is allowed shall be required to display the 400 square inches or a hunter orange cap or hat while walking to and from elevated stands. While a person is hunting from an elevated stand, the 400 square inches or cap or hat may be concealed. WARNING: Deer hunters are cautioned to watch for persons hunting other game or engaged in activities not requiring “Hunter Orange.”

Deer Management Assistance Program - DMAP

For information on DMAP, see this link

Primitive Firearms Season

License Requirements

  • A Primitive Firearms License is required of all persons hunting deer during Primitive Firearms Seasons. See page 38 of the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet for exceptions and exemptions.


Prohibited Activities

  • Carrying a gun, other than a primitive firearm, including those powered by air or other means, while hunting during the primitive firearm season, EXCEPT it is lawful to carry a .22 caliber rimfire pistol loaded with #12 shot (ratshot only).
  • Hunting with dogs (All Primitive Firearms Seasons are still hunt only). 

Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Primitive Firearms Season includes:

  • Rifles or pistols, .44 caliber minimum, or shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, all of which must load exclusively from the muzzle, use black powder or approved substitute only, take ball, shot, or bullet projectile only, including saboted bullets. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes.
  • Single shot, breech loading rifles or pistols, .35 caliber or larger, having an exposed hammer that use metallic cartridges loaded either with black powder or modern smokeless powder. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes.
  • Single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.


  • Youths 17 or younger may hunt deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area.

Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress. In such cases, hunters must conform to the bucks only regulations.

Archery Season

License Requirements

  • Bow License is required of all persons hunting deer with archery gear during Archery Seasons. See page 38 of the 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet for exceptions and exemptions.

Prohibited Activities

  • Possession or use any poisoned or drugged arrow or arrows with explosive tips.   
  • Hunt deer with a bow having a pull less than 30 lbs.       
  • Hunt with a bow or crossbow fitted with an infrared, laser sight, electrically operated sight or device specifically designed to enhance vision at night (does NOT include non-projecting red dot sights; RS 56:116.1.(b)(4)).   
  • Hunting with dogs (All Archery Seasons are still hunt only).

Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Archery Season includes:

  • Traditional bow, compound bow, and crossbow, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress. In such cases, archers must conform to the bucks only regulations.

Physically Challenged Season on Private Land

Oct. 3-4, either-sex.

Restricted to individuals with Physically Challenged Hunter Permit. Permit applications are available at regional LDWF offices.                                                      



Areas 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6

Area 2: Oct. 10-16

Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10: Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

Restricted to youths 17 or younger only and resident honorably discharged veterans.

Youths must possess a hunter safety certification or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course. Youths must be accompanied by one adult 18 years of age or older. If the accompanying adult is in possession of hunter safety certification, a valid hunting license or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course, this requirement is waived for youths younger than 16 years of age. Adults may not possess a firearm. Youths may possess only one legal firearm while hunting. The supervising adult shall maintain visual and voice contact with the youth at all times, EXCEPT properly licensed youths 16-17 years old and youths 12 years old or older who have successfully completed a hunter safety course may hunt without a supervising adult.

Resident veterans must be properly licensed and must possess proof of honorable discharge. One of the following must be carried by veterans while hunting:

  • Louisiana OMV issued U.S. Veterans Driver’s License.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Form 214 or one of the following DD_214 equivalents:
    • Pre DD 214 era documents (1941_1950):
      • WE AGO (war department adjutant general) Forms, to include WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53_55;   
      • JAVPERS (naval personnel) discharge documents, to include NAVPERS 553, NAVMC78PD, NAVCG 553.
    • National Personnel Records Center NPRC “statement of service,” issued as a result of a destroyed discharge record during the 1973 National Archives fire.
    • National Guard/Air National Guard must have NGB_22 with 6 or more years of service.

See 2015-16 Louisiana Hunting Regulations for more information.