Release Date: 05/05/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted the 2006-08 hunting seasons and regulations and the 2006-07 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) seasons and regulations at their meeting on May 2.

To view the approved rules and regulations please visit LDWF's Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.  Then click on "Regulations" from the "Hunting" drop down menu.

The approved rules and regulations included the following major changes to past regulations.

 The season limit for deer is still six.  However, of these six deer, only three may be antlered bucks and only three may be antlerless deer.  These limits for deer include all methods of take, except antlerless harvest on property enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) or the Landowner Antlerless Deer Tag Program (LADT).  Property enrolled in DMAP or LADT do not count for the season bag limit for hunters.  One antlered and one antlerless deer (when legal) per day will be accepted, except on some Federal Refuges and National Forest Lands where daily limits shall be one deer per day.

 Each deer hunter, regardless of age or license status, must obtain a deer tag harvest card prior to hunting and posses this card while deer hunting.    Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must document the kill on the card.   All hunters must then file a deer harvest report with LDWF at the end of the season, even if no deer were harvested.

 Deer hunters will be able to harvest antlerless deer during the entire season on private lands, except in Iberville, Iberia, Assumption, St. Martin, St. Mary, West Carroll, Plaquemines, St. Bernard parishes and portions of East Carroll parishes.  This does not apply to public lands that include WMAs or National Forest Lands and Refuges, which will have specified either-sex days.

 During deer archery seasons, people with a disability who possess a crossbow permit and hunters over 60 years of age may use a bow that is drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

 Dewey Wills WMA was granted three additional days (Nov. 24-26) after Thanksgiving for the bucks only firearm season. 

 Deer hunters that hunt from concealed ground blinds on WMAs must display a minumum of 400 square inches of hunter orange above or around their blinds.  The hunter orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

 Big game licensed holders will now be able to hunt bobcats year round during daylight hours with bow and arrow, shotgun, muzzleloader or a centerfire firearm.  No more than one bobcat per calendar year will be allowed.  This rule only applies to property privately owned and does not apply to WMAs and Federally Owned Lands and Refuges.

 Season dates for Federal Refuges and Jean Laffite National Park were approved. 

 Some limited hunting in the Thistlewaite WMA Restricted Area were added.  In the restricted area small game hunting is now allowed with shotgun only loaded with shot no larger than BB lead or F steel.  Deer hunting allowed by archery only.

The following is the small game resident season dates:

 Quail - Nov. 18-Feb. 28 with a daily bag limit of 10 and possession limit of 20.
 Rabbit and Squirrel - Oct. 7-Feb. 28 with a daily bag limit of 8 and possession limit of 16.

The following is the deer hunting season dates broken down by area:

 Area 1 -  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Jan. 22-28
   Still Hunt: Nov. 18-Dec. 8 and Jan. 8-21
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 7

 Area 2 -  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 21-27 and Jan. 15-21
   Still Hunt: Oct. 28-Dec. 8
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 14

 Area 3 -  Archery: Sept. 16-Jan. 15
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 26 and Dec. 2-Jan. 7

 Area 4 -  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 4-10 and Jan. 8-17
   Still Hunt: Nov. 11-Jan. 7

 Area 5 -  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1
   Still Hunt: Nov. 24-Dec. 10

 Area 6 -  Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only and Oct. 16-Feb. 15 either sex
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Nov. 11-17 and Jan. 22-28
   Still Hunt: Nov. 18-Dec 8
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 9-Jan. 21

 Area 7 -  Archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 31
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 4-10
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 3 and Nov. 11-26
   With or Without Dogs: Nov. 27-Dec. 31

 Area 8 -  Archery: Sept. 16-Jan. 15
   Muzzleloader (Either-Sex): Oct. 14-20 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1
   Still Hunt: Oct. 21-Nov. 26
   With or Without Dogs: Dec. 2-Jan. 7

For more information, contact Jimmy Anthony at 225-765-2347 or janthony@wlf.louisiana.gov.