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Chronic Wasting Disease

Review the CWD control area rules, report a symptomatic deer, research carcass regulations, and learn about LDWF efforts to fight Chronic Wasting Disease.

Happy Thanksgiving

LDWF offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and November 25. Enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

Ditch the Paper Tags! Tag Your Harvest by Text Message

Text-to-tag is here! Hunters can tag and validate their deer or turkey harvest directly from their smartphone (via text) immediately after the animal is harvested.

Reminder: Flounder Season is Closed

Flounder Season is CLOSED October 15 - November 30 for ALL Commercial and Recreational Harvest/Bycatch

Spotted Seatrout Management Changes Are Propsed

The commission adopted an NOI to increase the minimum size limit of spotted seatrout to 13.5 inches total length from the current 12 inches minimum total length and to decrease the current 25 fish daily bag limit to 15 fish daily bag limit. Learn more here.

WMA Access and Self-Clearing Permits Required on LDWF WMAs, Refuges, Conservation Areas, and Shooting Ranges

Visitors must have a WMA Access Permit, Senior Hunting/Fishing License, Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise License, or a Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License to visit an LDWF WMA, Refuge, or Conservation Area, including Shooting Ranges, for any reason. The WMA Access Permit only covers access onto the property—it does NOT convey hunting or fishing privileges.

WMA Access Permits and Traversing through a WMA

Please note that WMA Access Permits are NOT required for persons including boaters traveling through LDWF property, provided that the most direct route is taken and no activities (e.g. fishing, sightseeing, etc.) take place on the property.

New Commercial and Recreational License Changes

Beginning June 1, LDWF has implemented a new fee structure for hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations. The new fee structure streamlines the old process, reducing the number of licenses required for hunters and anglers.

Resources for New Hunters

To help the next generation of hunters learn to hunt, we have assembled some useful videos and links to resources to help you on your hunting journey.

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