Release Date: 08/09/2007

Discover Louisiana Hunting (DLH), the fall hunting promotion for new hunters, has been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25, announced Bryant Hammett, secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

"We're encouraging both Louisiana residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, to experience recreational hunting for the first time," said Hammett. "Anyone who once hunted, and would like to try it again, can also participate."

Program participants must obtain a DLH permit online through  www.discoverlouisianahunting.com before Nov. 19. To ensure a safe experience for DLH participants and fellow outdoorsmen, hunter education certification is required and participants must also partner with a licensed Louisiana resident hunter who will serve as a host hunter.  DLH permit applicants can begin using the on-line permit request system starting Sept. 1.

All interested participants who need to obtain hunter education certification are urged to sign up for a class in a location near their home town. A list of courses around the state is available on the DLH Web site -- www.discoverlouisianahunting.com. An on-line version of the course is available through the DLH Web site or a CD-ROM version can be obtained by calling the LDWF office nearest the participant. Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a hunter education class by Nov. 7.  Hunter education courses are free and certification obtained in another state will be accepted.

During the Discover Louisiana Hunting weekend, only quail, rabbit, squirrel and deer can be hunted by DLH-permitted hunters. For daily bag and possession limits, and deer zone restrictions, refer to the 2007-08 Louisiana Hunting Season and WMA Regulations Booklet or go to www.discoverlouisianahunting.com and click on "Regulations." Any DLH-permitted deer hunter will also need to attach a possession tag to any harvested deer and complete a harvest card to be returned to LDWF following DLH weekend. Both documents are available on the DLH Web site.

The DLH permit offer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Once a participant utilizes the no-cost weekend hunting option, appropriate licenses and permits must be obtained for all future hunting trips in Louisiana. 

Any interested participant without Internet access can call any of the following LDWF offices Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for permit application assistance:

 Alexandria: 1995 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360; ph. 318-487-5885
 Baton Rouge: 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; ph. 225-765-2346
 Ferriday: 261 Wildlife & Fishery Road, Ferriday, LA 71334; ph. 318-757-4571
 Grand Chenier: 5476 Grand Chenier Hwy., Grand Chenier, LA 70643; ph. 337-538-2276
 Lake Charles: 1213 North Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601; ph. 337-491-2575
 Minden: 1401 Talton Street, Minden, LA 71055; ph. 318-371-3050
 Monroe: 368 Century Tel Drive, Monroe, LA 71203; ph. 318-343-4044
 New Iberia: 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560; ph. 337-373-0032
 Opelousas: 5652 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph. 337-948-0255

DLH Weekend supporting sponsors and partners include: Academy Sports & Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops/Bossier City, Bayou State Bowhunters Association, Bowie Outfitters, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Hunter's Run Gun Club, the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.louisiana.gov.