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Outlaw Quadrupeds

Feral Hogs, Coyotes, and Armadillos

Outlaw quadrupeds include the feral hog, an invasive species which has caused severe crop and land damage throughout the state, as well coyotes and armadillos. Licensed hunters may take outlaw quadrupeds year-round during legal shooting hours. These quadrupeds, along with nutrias and beavers, may be taken year-round at night on private property by the landowner or his lessee or agent, with the landowner's written permission and contact information in his possession. Additional requirements apply; please see below for more information.

Nighttime Take of Outlaw Quadrupeds

Landowners or their designees must follow additional regulations for nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds, nutrias, and beavers. On private property, the landowner, or his lessee or agent with the landowner’s written permission and contact information in his possession, may take outlaw quadrupeds, nutrias, and beavers from one-half hour after official sunset to one-half hour before official sunrise.

Legal methods for nighttime take include any legal firearm which may be used with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared, or laser sighting devices or night vision devices. Sound suppressors on the firearm(s) are permitted, but anyone using such a weapon must have a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in their possession.

Anyone taking part in these activities at night must notify the sheriff’s office of the parish in which the property is located within 24 hours in advance of any such activity or immediately upon taking the animal. 

In addition, you may not participate or be present during nighttime hunting activities if you have been convicted of a class three or greater wildlife violation within the previous five years or are prohibited from legal use of a firearm or participation in a hunting activity.

— Feral Hog Task Force —

The Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force was created to advise LDWF, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the Louisiana Legislature on the management and control of feral hogs in Louisiana. 

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