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Overview

Known For

One of the top places to duck hunt in the nation

Terrain

Sea level salt marsh along the coast, coastal prairies in the south, and rolling hills in the east and west

Louisana Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Alligator
Alligator – East Zone
See regulations for further details.
Aug 31, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – West Zone
See regulations for further details.
Sep 7, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat
Experimental year round season.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Coyote
Coyote
Year round hunting. No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – A8 Archery Either-Sex
Area 8.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A7 Archery Either-Sex
Area 7.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A10 Archery Either-Sex
Area 10.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A3 Archery Either-Sex
Area 3.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A4 Archery Either-Sex
Area 4.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A2 Archery Either-Sex
Area 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A1 Archery Either-Sex
Area 1.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Archery Bucks Only
Area 9. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – A6 Archery Bucks Only
Area 6.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Archery Bucks Only
Area 5. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – A8 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 8.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – A7 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 7.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – A10 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 10.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – A3 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 3.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – A7 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 7. Still-Hunt Only
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – A3 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 3. Still-Hunt Only
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – A8 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 8. Still-Hunt Only
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – A10 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 10. Still-Hunt Only
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – A5 Archery Either-Sex
Area 5. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs.
Oct 16, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A6 Archery Either-Sex
Area 6.
Oct 16, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Archery Either-Sex
Area 9. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs
Oct 16, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A2 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 2.
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Deer
Deer – A2 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 2. Still-Hunt Only
Oct 29, 2022 Dec 7, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Primitive Either-Sex
Area 5. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A6 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 6.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Primitive Either-Sex
Area 9. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A1 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 1.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A4 Primitive Either-Sex 1
Area 4.
Nov 18, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A4 Firearm Either-Sex 1
Area 4. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – A6 Firearm Either-Sex
Area 6. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – A1 Firearm Either-Sex 1
Area 1. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Either-Sex 1
Area 9. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Either-Sex Still-Hunt Only 1
Area 5. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Bucks Only Still-Hunt Only 1
Area 5. Still-Hunt Only.
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Bucks Only 1
Area 9. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Either-Sex Still-Hunt Only 2
Area 5. Still-Hunt Only.
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Either-Sex 2
Area 9. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – A8 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs
Area 8.
Nov 28, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Bucks Still-Hunt Only 2
Area 5. Still-Hunt Only.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Bucks Only 2
Area 9. Still-Hunt Only
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – A3 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs
Area 3.
Nov 28, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – A7 Firearm with or without dogs.
Area 7.
Nov 28, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – A2 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs
Area 2.
Dec 8, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs 1
Area 5.
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – A4 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs
Area 4.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs 1
Area 9.
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – A6 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs
Area 6.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A1 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs.
Area 1.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Bucks Only with or without dogs 1
Area 9.
Dec 12, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Bucks Only with or without dogs 1
Area 5.
Dec 12, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs 2
Area 5.
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Either-Sex with or without dogs 2
Area 9.
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – A5 Firearm Bucks Only with or without dogs 2
Area 5
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Firearm Bucks Only with or without dogs 2
Area 9.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A3 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 3.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A8 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 8.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A7 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 7.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A10 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 10.
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 8, 2023
Deer
Deer – A1 Firearm Either-Sex 2
Area 1. Still-Hunt Only
Jan 9, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A4 Firearm Either-Sex 2
Area 4. Still-Hunt Only.
Jan 9, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A2 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 2.
Jan 16, 2023 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – A4 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 4.
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A1 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 1.
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A9 Primitive Bucks Only
Area 9. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A5 Primitive Bucks Only
Area 5. See regulations regarding hunting with or without dogs.
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – A6 Primitive Either-Sex 2
Area 6.
Jan 23, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 1
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 1
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Dove
Dove – North Zone 2
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Oct 8, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 2
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 3
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 3
Mourning, white-winged, eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves are among this season. Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Duck
Duck – Early Teal
Teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon). Daily bag limit is 6.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – West Zone Youth
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – West Zone 1
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – East Zone Early Youth
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 12, 2022
Duck
Duck – East Zone 1
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – West Zone 2
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Duck
Duck – East Zone 2
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Duck
Duck – West Zone 3
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Jan 9, 2023 Jan 29, 2023
Duck
Duck – East Zone Late Youth
Ducks, coots, and mergansers. Daily bag limit for ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, and 1 pintail. (Check regs for Scaup)
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 4, 2023
Goose
Goose – West Zone 1
Daily limits: Canada Geese 1, Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’) 20, White-fronted Geese 3.
Nov 5, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – East Zone 1
Daily limits: Canada Geese 1, Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’) 20, White-fronted Geese 3.
Nov 5, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order 1
East and West Zone. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’).
Dec 5, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Goose
Goose – East Zone 2
Daily limits: Canada Geese 1, Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’) 20, White-fronted Geese 3.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Goose
Goose – West Zone 2
Daily limits: Canada Geese 1, Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’) 20, White-fronted Geese 3.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order 2
West Zone. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’).
Jan 2, 2023 Jan 8, 2023
Goose
Goose – West Zone 3
Daily limits: Canada Geese 1, Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’) 20, White-fronted Geese 3.
Jan 9, 2023 Feb 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order 3
East Zone. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’).
Jan 30, 2023 Mar 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order 4
West Zone. Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross’).
Feb 6, 2023 Mar 5, 2023
Hog
Hog
Year round hunting. No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant
No limit.
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail
Daily bag limit is 10.
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit
Daily bag limit 8.
Oct 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth and Disabled hunters.
Area A, B, C. See regulations for detailed map.
Mar 25, 2023 Mar 26, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring C
Area C. See regulations for detailed map.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 16, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring A
Area A. See regulations for detailed map.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Deer – Spring B
Area B. See regulations for detailed map.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

Louisana Hunting Regulations

Deer

Deer

Hunter Orange & Blaze Pink

Any person hunting any wildlife during the open firearms deer hunting season and possessing buckshot, slugs, a primitive firearm, or a centerfire firearm shall display on their head, chest and/or back a total of not less than 400 square inches of “Hunter Orange” or “Blaze Pink.” EXCEPTIONS Persons hunting on privately owned land may wear a Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink cap or hat in lieu of the 400 square inches. Not required of persons hunting deer from elevated stands on property that is privately owned. However, anyone hunting deer on such lands where hunting with firearms is allowed shall be required to display the 400 square inches or a Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink cap or hat while walking to and from elevated stands. Not required of archery deer hunters hunting on lands where firearm hunting is not allowed by agreement of the landowner or lessee. WARNING: Deer hunters are cautioned to watch for persons hunting other game or engaged in activities not requiring “Hunter Orange” or “Blaze Pink.”

Archery Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Archery Season includes: Traditional bow, compound bow, crossbow, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means. Either-sex deer may be taken in all areas open for deer hunting EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress. In such cases, archers must conform to the bucks only regulations.

Primitive Weapons Legal Gear

Legal Gear for Primitive Firearms Season includes: Rifles or pistols, .44 caliber minimum, or shotguns 10 gauge or smaller, all of which must load exclusively from the muzzle, use black powder or approved substitute only, take ball, shot, or bullet projectile only, including saboted bullets. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes. Single shot, breech loading rifles or single shot, breech loading pistols, .35 caliber or larger, having an exposed hammer that use metallic cartridges loaded either with black powder or modern smokeless powder. All of the above may be fitted with magnified scopes. Single shot, breech loading shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller, having an exposed hammer, loaded with buckshot or slug.

Shooting Hours

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Consult Wildlife Management Area and Federal Land schedules for specific regulations and dates on those areas.

Daily Limit

One antlered and one antlerless deer per day EXCEPT when a Bucks Only season is in progress and EXCEPT on Floy Ward McElroy WMA and EXCEPT on some Federal Lands where the daily limit is one deer per day (see specific Federal Lands Regulations for details).

Season Limit

Season limit is six, not to exceed three antlered OR four antlerless deer, EXCEPT Deer Area 4 season limit is three (not to exceed two antlered or two antlerless deer), and EXCEPT Deer Area 10 season limit is three (not to exceed two antlered or two antlerless deer). Deer harvested on property enrolled in DMAP may not count in the season or daily bag limit for hunters. See DMAP Regulations (LAC 76:v.111) for more information.

Migratory Birds

Dove

Woodcock – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 9

Shooting & Hawking Hours

1. Ducks, Geese, Teal, Rail, Gallinule, Snipe and Woodcock: One-Half Hour before sunrise to sunset, EXCEPT:

  • Shooting hours for Snipe at the Spanish Lake Recreation Area in Iberia Parish, including the Conservation Order, shall end at 2 p.m.

2. Mourning Dove: One-Half Hour before sunrise to sunset EXCEPT: For opening day of the first split on WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields where shooting hours will be 12 p.m. (noon) to sunset, EXCEPT: for Elbow Slough WMA, which will be open one-half hour before sunrise to 12 p.m. (noon) on opening weekend of the first split.

Mourning, White-winged, Fully Dressed Eurasian Collared, & Ringed Turtle Doves – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15 in the aggregate Possession Limit: 45 in the aggregate

King & Clapper Rails – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15 in the aggregate Possession Limit: 45 in the aggregate

Sora & Virginia Rails – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25 in the aggregate Possession Limit: 75 in the aggregate

Snipe – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8 Possession Limit: 24

Canada Geese – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 1 Possession Limit: 3

Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross’) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 20 Possession Limit: No Limit

White Fronted Geese – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 9

Small Game

Small Game

Quail – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 10 Possession Limit: 30

Rabbit – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8 Possession Limit: 24

Bobcat – Bag Limit

One per calendar year.

Squirrel – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 9

Raccoon – Bag Limit

A licensed hunter may take raccoon or opossum, two per person per day, during daylight hours only, during the open hunting season

on WMAs. Nighttime experimental raccoon hunting: All nighttime raccoon hunting, where allowed, is with dogs only.

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Legal Gear

Shotguns, including muzzleloading shotguns, using shot not larger than #2 lead, #2 non-toxic, or BB steel shot, and being no larger than 10 gauge. Traditional bow, compound bow, and crossbow, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

Daily Limit

One gobbler per day.

Season Limit

Two gobblers per season.

Shooting Hours

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Consult Wildlife Management Area and Federal Land schedules for specific regulations and dates on those areas.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Conservation Order for Light Geese

No bag or possession limit. See “Geese” section for more details.

Non-Toxic Shot Regulations

No person shall take migratory game birds while possessing shot other than steel or other approved shot. This restriction applies only to ducks, geese, brant, swans and coots.

Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged, Cinnamon) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 6 Possession Limit: 18

Gallinules – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15 Possession Limit: 45

Ducks – Bag Limit

Daily bag limit on ducks is 6 and may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females), 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck and 1 pintail. Only 1 scaup may be taken for the first 15 days of the season with 2 per day allowed for the remainder.

Coots – Bag Limit

The daily bag limit for coots is 15.

Mergansers – Bag Limit

The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5; only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. Merganser limits are in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.

*Season dates and regulation data provided by

Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Hunting licenses, permits and regulations can be purchased on the official web site of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Hunting GPS Maps

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