Release Date: 10/09/2007

Whether you're a novice or one-time hunter who has been away from it for a while, the 2007 Discover Louisiana Hunting (DLH) Weekend, Nov. 23-25, will provide an opportunity over Thanksgiving weekend.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) promotion requires participants to partner with a licensed Louisiana hunter, provide proof of having completed a hunter education course and obtain a no-cost DLH permit via the DLH web site -- www.discoverlouisianahunting.com. The DLH permit allows the permitee to hunt deer, quail, rabbit and squirrel for the three-day promotion.

"It has never been easier to obtain hunter safety certification," said John Sturgis, LWDF Hunter Education Program manager. "If your busy schedule does not allow you to attend the standard education course, you can take the course through our home study program. Students can study at their own pace and convenience, and then attend a field day for course completion."

A list of Hunter Education courses around the state is available on the DLH Web site.  An on-line version of the course is available through the DLH Web site or a CD-ROM version can be obtained by calling the LDWF office nearest the participant.  Hunter education courses are free and certification obtained in another state will be accepted.

"We are also encouraging any Louisiana licensed hunter to invite someone to a Thanksgiving weekend hunt," said Sturgis. "So if you have family or friends coming to visit, and they are already Hunter Ed certified, you can be their host and they can obtain the DLH permit via the Web site."

The DLH permit offer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone 16 years of age and older.  Once a participant utilizes the no-cost weekend hunting option, appropriate licenses and permits must be obtained for all future hunting trips in Louisiana. 

For daily bag and possession limits and deer zone restrictions refer to the 2007-08 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet or go to www.discoverlouisianahunting.com and click on "Regulations."

Any interested participant without Internet access can call any of the following LDWF offices Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for permit application assistance:

 Alexandria: 1995 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360; ph. 318-487-5885
 Baton Rouge: 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; ph. 225-765-2346
 Ferriday: 261 Wildlife & Fishery Road, Ferriday, LA 71334; ph. 318-757-4571
 Grand Chenier: 5476 Grand Chenier Hwy., Grand Chenier, LA 70643; ph. 337-538-2276
 Lake Charles: 1213 North Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601; ph. 337-491-2575
 Minden: 1401 Talton Street, Minden, LA 71055; ph. 318-371-3050
 Monroe: 368 Century Tel Drive, Monroe, LA 71203; ph. 318-343-4044
 New Iberia: 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560; ph. 337-373-0032
 Opelousas: 5652 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph. 337-948-0255

DLH Weekend supporting sponsors and partners include: Academy Sports & Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops/Bossier City, Bayou State Bowhunters Association, Bowie Outfitters, Ducks Unlimited, Hunter's Run Gun Club, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation and Safari Club International.  

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.louisiana.gov.