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Lottery Hunts

LDWF’s wildlife management areas offer lottery hunts for youth hunters, physically challenged hunters, disabled veterans, and the general public to hunt alligator, deer, dove, turkey, and waterfowl. There are also lotteries for hunts and fishing/boating permits at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.


Applications for lottery hunts are available online typically around the following periods:

Lottery Approximate Availability
Start End
Turkey (Youth and General) December 30 February 8
Alligator WMA/Public Lakes Mid-May June 30
Elbow Slough Dove June 15 July 31
Deer (Youth, Camp Beauregard Disabled Veteran, Floy McElroy and Sabine Physically Challenged Hunter) July 15 August 31
Waterfowl (Youth, Sherburne General and Disabled Veteran, Bayou Pierre) July 15 September 30


Preference System for Lottery Hunts

There is a preference system for lottery hunts to provide unsuccessful applicants from previous years and new applicants a better chance of being selected for a lottery hunt. An applicant’s name will be entered into the lottery using the following system:

  • Once for applicants who were successful on their previous application
  • Twice for new applicants
  • Each unsuccessful application will result in an additional preference point (applicant’s name entered again into the lottery). Once an applicant is successful, the preference system balance returns to one.

The preference system continues as patterned above with no maximum balance. The preference system is lottery specific. For example, being selected for the Turkey Lottery will not affect your preference balance in the Alligator Lottery.

For group lotteries, the highest preference balance of any applicant in the group is used for the lottery draw. If a group is successful, the preference balance for all applicants in the group will be reduced to one.