The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants all turkey hunters to validate their harvested turkeys to support the department’s turkey program. During the 2016 turkey season, Louisiana turkey hunters have the added incentive provided by the Tag and Validate to Gobble Up Prizes Sweepstakes.

.LDWF Tag & Validate Information

Turkey harvest validation, or reporting, provides parish-level data on the season harvest numbers, sex ratios and calendar information that illustrate trends in the state’s turkey harvest. That information plays a critical role in setting season lengths and bag limits. If harvest data is under-reported, LDWF biologists and managers cannot make accurate determinations on hunting success and turkey population parameters. 

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

The hunter must record the date of harvest and the parish on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the turkey 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.

 For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at or 225-765-2354.


*Grand Prize provided by Bowie Outfitters: Mossberg Model 535 Triple Play 12 gauge shotgun.

*Two other winners will be selected to receive Louisiana lifetime hunting licenses provided by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The lifetime license recipients will have the option of gifting their prize to a relative or friend, who meets eligibility requirements, if they already possess a lifetime license


Eligibility for the 2016 Validate To Gobble Up Prizes Sweepstakes (Sweepstakes):  There are no entry forms to complete and no entry fees.  Hunters need only validate each tag for each turkey harvested during the 2016 season, as required by Louisiana hunting regulations, and each validated tag equates to an entry in the prize drawing.  To validate your turkey harvest, call the toll-free validation phone number, 866-484-4805, or use the web link: must report your harvest within seven days of any successful hunt to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Members of the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission (Commission) and their immediate family, LDWF employees and their immediate family, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) employees and their immediate family, as defined by statute, are not eligible.  Further, officers, employees, agents, or subcontractors of any LDWF license vendor and their immediate family are not eligible.  (“Immediate family” is defined in La. R.S. 42:1102.)


Prize drawing shall be held on May 18, 2016.  Prize winners will be chosen at random using a random selection computer program.  All drawings will be performed in the presence of a witness.  Prize winners will be notified by LDWF, and prizes can be claimed at either Bowie Outfitters at 8630 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge 70810 or LDWF Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Monday-Friday, excepting holidays, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.  Prizes may only be claimed by the prize winner and within 30 days of notification.  Prize winners under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian present to claim a prize.  The lifetime license winners will have the option of gifting their prize to a relative or friend, who meets eligibility requirements, if they already possess a lifetime license.  Prizes unclaimed after 30 days will be awarded to the next hunter drawn.


Grand Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied, by LDWF.  All federal, state and local taxes, and any other charges and incidental costs associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the sole responsibility of each winner.  LDWF is not responsible for any inability of any winner to accept or use any prize.


By participating in the Sweepstakes or accepting a prize, a participant consents to give LDWF/LWFF the right to interview, photograph/video, and to freely and exclusively use, publish, and display a participant’s name, picture, video, statements, quotes, and prize information for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered without review, notification or approval, unless prohibited by law.


Sweepstakes participants agree to be bound by the rules of this promotion and hereby waive any and all claims of liability against the Commission, LDWF, and LWFF, any organizations donating prizes or otherwise affiliated with sponsoring the Sweepstakes, and their employees and agents.  If LDWF/LWFF is hindered or prevented from providing the prizes due to riots, acts of God, shortages of labor or materials, war, acts of terrorism, governmental laws, regulations or restrictions of any other causes, including de-authorization of LDWF/LWFF to conduct the promotion, which are beyond the reasonable control of LDWF/LWFF, the winner agrees that LDWF/LWFF shall not be liable for its inability to provide some or all of the items discussed herein.  Acceptance of prizes are subject to availability and LDWF/LWFF shall not be liable to provide compensation or a substitute prize should the advertised prize not be available. By participating in the Sweepstakes and/or accepting a prize, a participant agrees to defend, release, and hold harmless the Commission, LDWF, and LWFF, and their employees, representatives, and agents from and against any actions, claims, and/or liability arising from injury, death, loss or damage of any kind resulting in part, directly or indirectly, from participant’s participation in the Sweepstakes, and/or participant’s use, acceptance, or possession of a prize.


Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and LDWF in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Louisiana without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Louisiana or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Louisiana.