Release Date: 09/04/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds all hunters that starting this fall all hunters 11-years-old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The adult must be at least 18 years old and have a valid hunting license or be hunter education certified.  The adult must also be within normal audible voice proximity and in direct line of sight of the younger hunter at all times.

Anyone of any age can take the free hunter education course offered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  However, only those 10 years of age or older can become hunter education certified. 

The new rule allows unsupervised hunting privileges for hunters who are 12-to-15-years-old and hunter education certified.  Hunters 10 and 11-years-old and hunter education certified, still need supervision.  Hunters 16 years of age and older must buy a hunting license, which requires hunter education certification, and can hunt unsupervised as well.

"We felt this rule was necessary after a couple of hunting accidents were found to be caused by the inexperience of younger hunters," said LDWF Hunter Education Program Manager John Sturgis.  "This rule will make it safer for everybody using the outdoors and should result in less accidents, which is always a primary goal of ours."

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or