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Quadruped & Resident Bird Hunting Seasons

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Quadrupeds & Resident Game Birds Schedules

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, EXCEPT for Raccoon and Opossum which are legal for day and nighttime take. Consult Wildlife Management Area and Federal Land schedules for specific regulations and dates on those areas.

2017-2018 Schedule

Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Quail Nov. 18 – Feb. 28 10 30
Rabbit Oct. 7 – Feb. 28 8 24
Squirrel Oct. 7 – Feb. 28 8 24
May 5-27* 3 9

*Spring squirrel season is CLOSED on the Kisatchie National Forest, national wildlife refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and some state WMAs (check WMA season schedule).

Bobcat

Season: Experimental Year Round Season

License Requirements

  • Basic Season and Big Game Licenses are required of all persons hunting bobcat.

    Prohibited Activities

  • Take of bobcat outside of legal shooting hours.

    Limit

  • One per calendar year.

    Legal Gear

  • Firearms, archery equipment, and primitive firearms legal for deer.

    Exceptions

  • Licensed trappers may take bobcat during the open trapping season without possessing a Basic and Big Game License.
  • Regulation does not apply to state wildlife refuges or other federally owned refuges and lands.
  • On state WMAs and Kisatchie National Forest the take of bobcat is restricted to those open seasons which require the respective legal gear noted above.

Raccoon And Opossum

Season: Year Round Season

License Requirements

  • Basic Season License required of all persons hunting Raccoon and Opossum.
  • A Trapping License is required in addition to a Basic Season License to sell skins and carcasses during open trapping seasons.

    Prohibited Activities

  • Selling of skins and carcasses without a valid Trapping License and a Basic Season license
  • Pelting or selling of skins and carcasses outside of the closed trapping season.
  • Hunting from boats or motor vehicles.
  • Hunting or taking furbearing animals at night with artificial light EXCEPT it is legal to hunt or take raccoon or opossum at night with lights, provided such hunting or take is conducted with the use of one or more dogs (R.S. 56:116.C.1).

    Daily Limit

  • Two raccoon and two opossum per day or night (see exception for open trapping season).

    Legal Gear

  • During daylight hours:
  • Rimfire firearms .22 caliber or smaller.
  • Muzzleloading firearm .36 caliber or smaller.
  • Shotguns – only during daylight hours and only during the open dog season for rabbit.
  • During nighttime hours:
  • Rimfire firearms .22 caliber or smaller.

    Exceptions

  • No daily limit for nighttime or daytime raccoon or opossum during the open trapping season EXCEPT on certain WMAs as listed.

Nutria

Season: Sept. 1 – Feb. 28. See exception below for certain WMAs.

Prohibited Activities

  • Possession of detached nutria parts, including nutria tails, by recreational hunters.
  • Pelting of recreationally harvested nutria.
  • Sell of recreationally harvested nutria or any parts from recreationally harvested nutria.
  • Leaving of recreationally harvested nutria carcass in the field, EXCEPT that nutria may be gutted.

    Daily Limit

  • Five per day.

    Legal Gear

  • Any gear on private lands. Shotguns with non-toxic shot only and rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller on Wildlife Management Areas.

    Exceptions

  • Nutria may be taken on Atchafalaya Delta, Salvador/Timken/Pointe Aux Chenes, and Pass a Loutre WMAs Sept. 1 – March 31.
  • On WMAs during waterfowl seasons, nutria may be taken only by the use of shotguns with shot not larger than F steel.

    The Coastwide Nutria Control Program is a separate program and is in no way related to the nutria recreational season. For questions on the Coastwide Nutria Control Program call the New Iberia field office: 337-373-0032.

CROWS, BLACKBIRDS, COWBIRDS AND GRACKLES

Season: Sept. 1 – Jan. 1. See exception below for depredation.

Daily Limit

  • No limit.

    Exceptions

  • Crows, blackbirds, cowbirds and grackles may be taken year round during legal shooting hours if they are depredating or about to depredate upon ornamentals or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers as to cause a health hazard.
  • As described in 50 CFR Part 21, non-toxic shot must be used for the take of crows, blackbirds, cowbirds and grackles under the special depredation order. In addition, an annual report has to be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for those that participate in the take of these species.

Pheasant

Season: Open concurrently with Quail Season.

Daily Limit

  • No limit.

Methods of Taking Quadrupeds & Resident Game Birds

License Requirements

  • Basic Season License is required of all persons hunting quadrupeds and resident game birds. Additional licenses are required for deer, bobcat, and turkey.

    Prohibited Activities

  • Take of quadrupeds and resident game birds with a firearm fitted with an infrared sight, laser sight or except as provided in R.S. 56:116 (A) (8) any sighting device which projects a beam of light to the target or otherwise electronically illuminates the target, or device specifically designed to enhance vision at night {R.S. 56:116.1B(3)}. Any person who has been convicted of a class four or greater hunting violation for a period of five years after the date of such conviction shall not use a firearm fitted with a sound suppressor pursuant to R.S. 56:116.6.
  • Intentionally feeding, depositing, placing, distributing, exposing, scattering, or causing to be fed, deposited, placed, distributed, exposed, or scattered, raw sweet potatoes to wild game quadrupeds.
  • Use of shotguns larger than a 10 gauge or capable of holding more than three shells.
  • Possession of shotguns in which the plug may be removed without disassembly.
  • Take of game quadrupeds or birds from aircraft.
  • Hunting or take of squirrel or rabbit with a breech-loaded rifle or handgun larger than .22 caliber, any centerfire rifle, or a muzzleloading firearm larger than .36 caliber

    Legal Gear

  • Legal archery gear or a shotgun not larger than a 10 gauge fired from the shoulder without a rest is legal for taking all resident game birds and quadrupeds.
  • Handgun, rifle and falconry (special permit required) is legal for taking all game species EXCEPT turkey.
  • Air rifles are legal for taking squirrels, rabbits, and outlaw quadrupeds.

    Refer to game schedules contained within these regulations for specific gear restrictions.

Nuisance Animals

  • Landowners or their designees may remove beaver and nutria causing damage to their property without a special permit. Water set traps and firearms may be used to remove beaver; nutria may be removed by any means (see Nighttime Take of Nuisance Animals & Outlaw Quadrupeds).
  • Any nuisance beaver or nutria trapped or shot outside open trapping season cannot be pelted or sold. A trapping license is required to sell or pelt nuisance beavers or nutria taken during open trapping season. Squirrel found destroying commercial crops of pecans may be taken year-round by permit issued by LDWF. Contact the local LDWF field office for details.

Outlaw Quadrupeds (Coyotes, Armadillos & Feral Hogs)

Holders of a hunting license may take coyotes, feral hogs and armadillos year round during legal daylight shooting hours (for information on nighttime take see Nighttime Take of Nutria, Beaver & Outlaw Quadrupeds). The running of coyotes with dogs is prohibited in all turkey hunting areas during the open turkey season. Coyote hunting is restricted to chase only when using dogs during still hunting segments of the firearm and archery only seasons for deer. Foxes are protected quadrupeds and may be taken only with traps by licensed trappers during the trapping season. Remainder of the year “chase only” allowed by licensed hunters.

Persons using cage or corral traps to capture feral hogs must have a basic hunting license. Hog traps must have an opening in the top measuring at least 22 x 22 inches or 25 inches in diameter. Persons using snares to capture feral hogs must have a trapping license. Use of snares is not recommended in areas that have bears.

Nighttime take of Nutria, Beaver & outlaw quadrupeds

On private property, the landowner, or his lessee or agent with written permission and the landowner’s contact information in his possession, may take outlaw quadrupeds (coyotes, armadillos and feral hogs), nutria or beaver during the nighttime hours from one-half hour after official sunset on the last day of February to one-half hour after official sunset the last day of August of that same year. Such take may be with or without the aid of artificial light, infrared or laser sighting devices, or night vision devices. In addition, pursuant to 56:116 (D) (3) any person who is authorized to possess a firearm suppressor may use a firearm fitted with a sound suppressor when taking outlaw quadrupeds, nutria or beaver. Any person attempting to take outlaw quadrupeds under the provisions of this paragraph, within 24 hours prior to the attempted take, shall notify the sheriff of the parish in which the property is located, and the LDWF Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511, of their intention to attempt to take outlaw quadrupeds under the provisions of this paragraph.

Hunting and/or Discharging Firearms on Public Roads

Prohibited Activities

  • Hunting, standing, loitering or shooting game quadrupeds or game birds while on a public road or public road right-of-way.
  • Hunting or the discharge of firearms on roads or highways located on public levees or within 100 feet from the center line of such levee roads or highways.
  • Spot-lighting or shining from public roads.