Deer Tag Requirements

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have them in their possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate carcass tag before moving it 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 72 hours, the hunter must validate the kill using the toll-free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or online.

Hunters harvesting deer on Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) lands should follow the instructions provided to them by LDWF. When deer check stations are in operation, hunters on wildlife management areas (WMAs) can validate deer during mandatory deer checks.