Waterfowl Hunter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What license(s) are needed to hunt ducks in Louisiana?

Who sets the waterfowl hunting seasons in Louisiana, and when does it happen?

How can my voice be heard in the season-setting process?

Where can I get information on places to hunt waterfowl in Louisiana?

Some species aren’t mentioned in the bag limit regulations. What is the limit for them?

What is a possession limit, and how does it apply to me?

When do I have to use tags for migratory birds?

Can I carry lead shot or buckshot for other game while waterfowl hunting?

Why do Texas duck hunters have a longer season and a higher mallard bag limit?

Why can’t the season be set later so we can hunt into February?

What are the reasons for zones and splits, and why are they set like they are in Louisiana?

If hunting has no effect on waterfowl populations, why do we have restrictions at all?

If we have a daily bag limit, why are there additional rules against baiting, electronic calls, night hunting, more than 3 shells in your gun, etc.?

Black-bellied whistling ducks and wood ducks are common during the September teal season, why can’t we add them to the teal season bag limit?

Where are the ducks harvested in Louisiana raised?

What is the source of money Louisiana sends to the breeding grounds in Canada, and who decides how it is spent?

Are the duck population estimates reported each year accurate?

Why is duck hunting poorer in Louisiana now than in the past?

Why are people allowed to grow grain crops specifically to attract waterfowl, flood, and hunt over them, but we can’t put harvested grain in a marsh/field and hunt?

I’ve shot some birds with “rice-breast”, are they safe to eat?

Do I have to worry about avian flu or other bird diseases when duck hunting?