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General Hunting Info

Hunting Regulations Icon Louisiana Hunting

A basic resident or non-resident hunting license is required of all persons to hunt, take, possess or cause to be transported by any other person any wild bird or quadruped. See License Exceptions & Exemptions for exceptions.

Pursuant to Act 169 of the 1988 regular session of the Legislature, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has adopted monetary values which are assigned to all illegally taken, possessed, injured or destroyed fish, wild birds, wild quadrupeds and other wildlife and aquatic life. Anyone taking, possessing, injuring or destroying fish, wild birds, wild quadrupeds and other wildlife and aquatic life shall be required to reimburse LDWF a sum of money equal to the value of the wildlife illegally taken, possessed, injured or destroyed. This monetary reimbursement shall be in addition to any and all criminal penalties imposed for the illegal act.

Hunter Education Requirements

No person born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, shall hunt unless that person has been issued a certificate of satisfactorily completion of a Hunter Education course approved by LDWF.

  • EXCEPT a person may hunt without hunter education certification if 1.) they are accompanied by and under direct supervision of a person who was born before Sept. 1, 1969 and has a valid hunting license, or 2.) they are accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a person who is 18 years of age or older and has proof of completion of a hunter education course approved by LDWF. Direct supervision means that the person being supervised is within a normal audible voice contact and in direct line of sight of the supervising person at all times while hunting.
  • EXCEPT this requirement shall not apply to any active or veteran member of the United States Armed Services or any POST-certified law enforcement officer who has been issued a hunter education exemption. Application for this exemption may be filed in person at the LDWF office in Baton Rouge (225-765-2932).For information on scheduling a hunter education course log on to www.wlf.louisiana.gov or contact 225-765-2932.