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.
Mandatory Harvest Information Program
If you’re 16 years old or older and hunt migratory birds (ducks, coots, geese, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, or gallinules), you must get a Harvest Information Program certification and carry proof of your HIP certification with you whenever you’re hunting migratory birds. You must get HIP certified in every state you hunt migratory birds.
Federal Duck Stamps
All waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older, even those who are not otherwise required to purchase a license, must have a Federal Duck Stamp.
Louisiana Duck Stamp Program/Contest
The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program (Duck Stamp Program) funds the creation, restoration, and enhancement of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Louisiana. This program includes a contest to select the design of the annual state duck stamp.
Surveys and Research
Waterfowl populations are highly dynamic—they change from year to year in response to changing hydrology and land uses which affect habitat quality in both breeding and wintering areas. These birds are also highly mobile, and their distribution may change within a season in response to weather, managed flooding, or hunting pressure. LDWF conducts aerial waterfowl surveys, wood duck banding, harvest surveys, and other research to determine how to best use our time, effort, and funding to most benefit these resources and their habitat as well as our sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts.
LDWF manages waterfowl to provide hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts optimal use of the state’s waterfowl populations while conserving these resources for future generations. Since waterfowl use habitats in a dozen different states and provinces throughout their annual life cycle, we coordinate management with other governments and organizations through the Mississippi Flyway Council. We focus on managing waterfowl habitat in Louisiana and beyond through the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, conserving breeding ground habitat, installing wood duck nesting boxes, and providing free assistance to private landowners interested in managing their property for waterfowl.