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: www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
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.
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.
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 http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/deer-management-assistance-program.
Primitive Firearms Season
Still hunt only. See page 34 of the 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for specific hunting area dates. Specific WMAs will also be open. Check WMA schedule for specific details. A primitive firearms license is required for resident hunters between the ages of 16 and 59 inclusive and non-resident 16 years of age and older. Either-sex deer may be taken in all deer hunting areas EXCEPT in West Carroll Parish, and EXCEPT Deer Areas 4, 7, 9 and 10 as specified in deer hunting schedule. Consult deer hunting schedule for either-sex days for these areas, and as specified on public areas. It is unlawful to carry 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).
Youths 17 or younger may hunt either sex deer with any legal weapon during the Primitive Firearms Season in each deer hunting area. Legal Primitive Firearms for Primitive Firearms Season include:
1. Rifles or pistols, .44 caliber minimum, or shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, all of which must load exclusively from the muzzle or cap and ball cylinder, use black powder or approved substitute only, take ball or bullet projectile only, including saboted bullets. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes.
2. Single shot, breech loading rifles, .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.
3. Single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10 guage or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or rifled slug.
Still hunting only Oct. 1 - Jan. 31 in all deer hunting areas
EXCEPT Areas 3, 8 & 10: Sept. 20 - Jan. 15 and
EXCEPT Areas 6 & 9: Oct. 1-15, bucks only and Oct. 16 - Feb. 15, either-sex.
WMA seasons are the same as outside except as noted below. An archery license is required for resident bow hunters between the ages of 16 and 59 inclusive and non-residents 16 years of age and older. Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a bucks only season is in progress for gun hunting and EXCEPT in Area 6 from Oct. 1-15. In such cases, archers must conform to the bucks only regulations. Either-sex deer may be taken on WMAs at anytime during archery season EXCEPT when bucks only seasons are in progress on the respective WMA.
Bowhunting Equipment Regulations: Longbow, compound bow and crossbow or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means are legal means of take for all properly licensed hunters. Bow and arrow fishermen must have a sport fishing license and not carry any arrows with broadhead points unless a big game season is in progress.
Physically Challenged Season on Private Land
Either-sex. Oct. 4-5. Restricted to individuals with Physically Challenged Hunter Permit.
Youth and Honorably Discharged Veterans Season on Private Land
Areas 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9: Oct. 25 -31.
Area 2: Oct. 11-17.
Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10: Sept. 27 - Oct. 3.
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 firearm while hunting. Legal firearms are the same as described for deer 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.
See 2014-15 Louisiana Hunting Regulations for more information.