Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags. They must have the tags in their possession while hunting deer, and immediately after harvesting a deer, tag the deer before moving it from where it was killed. Hunters must record required information for tagged deer and validate tags within 72 hours of harvesting a deer.
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Chronic Wasting Disease
LDWF continues to monitor and test the state’s white-tailed deer population for CWD. It has not yet been found in Louisiana, but Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi have documented it in their deer populations.
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 lottery hunts at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
Research, Management, and Reports
LDWF’s biologists and technicians collect harvest and biological data and conduct other research on public and private lands across the state to inform our deer management activities such as setting seasons and limits. They summarize these data and other information in annual reports available for the public to review.
Big Game Records
The Louisiana Big Game Records Program documents all-time record white-tailed deer and wild turkey harvested in the state that meet or exceed minimum antler or spur measurements, respectively, as well as deer and turkeys that meet minimum recognition requirements over a three-year span.