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Turkey Hunting Seasons

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2018 Turkey Hunting Schedules

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Area A: April 7 – May 6*

Area B: April 7-29*

Area C: April 7-22*

Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt (restricted to youth and wheelchair confined physically challenged hunters – Areas A, B and C on private land only): March 30 – April 1

*Seasons Open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only. See separate WMA Schedules, National Wildlife Refuge Schedules, and Federal Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.

2018 National Wildlife Refuge Schedules

Contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information regarding NWR hunts:

  • Bayou Cocodrie NWR: March 31 – April 1 (Youth Lottery Only)
  • Bogue Chitto NWR: March 30 – April 1 (Youth Only) and April 7-29
  • Lake Ophelia NWR: March 31 (Youth Lottery Only) and April 7-22
  • Tensas NWR: March 30 – April 1 (Youth Only) and April 7-22
  • Upper Ouachita NWR: March 31 (Youth Lottery Only)

Turkey Hunting – Area A Description

All of the following parishes are open

Beauregard, Bienville, Claiborne, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Sabine, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, Winn

Portions of the following parishes are open

Allen North of US 190 east of Kinder, west of US 165 south of Kinder.
Avoyelles That portion bounded on the east by the Atchafalaya River, on the north by Red River to the Brouillette Community, on the west by LA 452 from Brouillette to LA 1, on the south by LA 1, eastward to Hamburg, thence by the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection levee southward.
Calcasieu North of I-10.
Caldwell West of Ouachita River southward to Catahoula Parish line.
Catahoula South and west of the Ouachita River from the Caldwell Parish line southward to LA 8 at Harrisonburg, north and west of LA 8 from Harrisonburg to the LaSalle Parish line. ALSO that portion lying east of LA 15.
Evangeline North and west of LA 115, north of LA 106 west of LA 115 to US 167, west of US 167 south to LA 10, north of LA 10 west of US 167 to LA 13, west of LA 13 south of LA 10 to Mamou and north of LA 104 west of Mamou.
Franklin That portion lying east of LA 17 and east of LA 15 from its juncture with LA 17 at Winnsboro.
Iberville West of the Mississippi River.
Jefferson Davis North of US 190 from junction with LA 26 to Kinder, west of US 165 and north of I-10 west from junction of US 165.
Madison That portion lying east of US 65 from East Carroll Parish line to US 80 and south of US 80. Also, all lands east of the main channel of the Mississippi River.
Morehouse West of US 165 from the Arkansas line to the junction of LA 140 at Bonita, north and west of LA 140 to junction of LA 830-4 (Cooper Lake Road), west of LA 830-4 to US 165 at Bastrop, south of US 165 to junction of LA 3051 (Grabault Road) south of LA 3051 to junction of LA 138, west of LA 138 to junction of LA 134, north of LA 134 to the Ouachita Parish line.
Ouachita All west of the Ouachita River. That portion east of the Ouachita River lying north of US 80.
Richland That portion south of US 80 and east of LA 17.
St. Landry That portion bounded on the west by the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and on the east by the Atchafalaya River.
Upper St. Martin All within the Atchafalaya Basin.
Tensas That portion west of US 65 from the Concordia Parish line to its juncture with LA 128, north of LA 128 to St. Joseph; west and north of LA 605, 604, and 3078 northward to Port Gibson Ferry. Also all lands east of the main channel of the Mississippi River.

All of the following parishes are open

Ascension, Bossier, DeSoto, Red River, St. Tammany, Washington and Webster

Portions of the following parishes are open

Caddo All open except that portion north of I-20 from the Texas state line to I-220. West of I-220 to LA 1. West of LA 1 to Caddo Lake. South of Caddo Lake to the Texas state line.
East Carroll East of US 65 from Arkansas state line to Madison Parish line.
Iberville All east of the Mississippi River.

Turkey Hunting – Area C Description

All of the following parishes are open

Concordia

Portions of the following parishes are open

Caldwell All east of the Ouachita River.
Catahoula All of the parish EXCEPT for that portion located in Area A.
Franklin West of LA 17 from the Richland Parish line southward to Winnsboro, west of LA 15 southward to the Catahoula Parish line.
Iberia East of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee.
Richland West of LA 17 from Franklin Parish line to Ringle Rd., south of Ringle Rd. to Ferguson Rd., south of Ferguson Rd. to Little Rd., south of Little Rd. to Big Creek, east of Big Creek to Franklin Parish line.
Tensas East and south of US. 65 from Concordia Parish line to LA 128, south of LA 128 to St. Joseph, east and south of LA 605, 604 and 3078 northward to Port Gibson Ferry.

2018 Turkey Hunting Regulations

License Requirements

Basic Season, Big Game and Wild Turkey License (or equivalent combination license), and Turkey Tags are required of all persons hunting turkey.

Definitions

  • Baiting: Placing, exposing, depositing or scattering of corn (shelled, shucked or unshucked), wheat or other grain, salt or other feed so as to constitute a lure, attraction or enticement to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take turkeys.
  • Baited Area: Any area where corn (shelled, shucked or unshucked), wheat or other grain, salt or other feed capable of luring, attracting or enticing turkeys is directly or indirectly placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered. Such areas remain baited areas for 15 days following complete removal of all such corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed. Wildlife agents are authorized to close such baited areas and to place signs in the immediate vicinity designating closed zones and dates of closures.

    Prohibited Activities

  • Take of hens (including bearded hens).
  • Use of dogs, baiting, electronic calling devices and live decoys.
  • Take of turkey from a moving or stationary vehicle.
  • Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells.
  • Hunting, trapping or taking of turkey by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area (See above definition of baiting).
  • Hunting turkey within 200 yards of a baited area (See above definition of baited area).
  • Take of live wild turkeys or their eggs from the wild.
  • Possession of captive live wild turkeys or their eggs, regardless of origin, without a valid game breeder license.

    Daily Limit

    One gobbler per day.

    Season Limit

    Two gobblers per season.

    Legal Gear

  • Shotguns, including muzzleloading shotguns, using shot not larger than #2 lead, #2 non-toxic, or BB steel shot, and being no larger than 10 gauge.
  • Traditional bow, compound bow, and crossbow, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

    Youth Season

    Restricted to youths 17 or younger. Youths must possess a hunter safety certification or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course. Youths must be accompanied by one adult 18 years of age or older. If the accompanying adult is in possession of hunter safety certification, a valid hunting license or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety course, this requirement is waived for youths younger than 16 years of age. Adults may not possess a firearm. Youths may possess only one legal firearm while hunting. The supervising adult shall maintain visual and voice contact with the youth at all times, EXCEPT properly licensed youths 16-17 years old and youths 12 years old or older who have successfully completed a hunter safety course may hunt without a supervising adult.

Turkey Hunting – Area B Description

Turkey Tagging Information

Prior to hunting turkey, all turkey hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain turkey tags. Tags must be in possession when hunting turkey.

Process for Tagging Turkey

  1. Immediately upon harvesting a turkey, the hunter must tag the turkey with the appropriate carcass tag before it is moved from the kill site.
  2. The hunter must record the date of kill on the corresponding tag number on the harvest report card portion of the turkey tag license.
  3. The hunter must record the date and parish of kill on the carcass tag.
  4. The tag must remain attached to the turkey while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the resident game possession tag regulations.
  5. Within 72 hours the hunter must validate the harvest. Hunters may validate turkey by calling the validation toll free number, 888-765-2602 or using the validation web site: www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

    TURKEY TAGGING PROCEDURE FOR LICENSES PURCHASED VIA PHONE OR INTERNET

    Hunters purchasing licenses online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses will be able to print an E-License using a personal printer for immediate use or save the PDF of licenses purchased to an electronic device which is kept in possession while hunting. Hunters purchasing licenses by phone are given both an authorization number and an LDWF identification number that will serve as their license until such license arrives by mail. Hunters must tag turkey with possession tags, using the authorization number or LDWF identification number for the required license numbers recorded on the possession tag. Hunters must maintain documentation of these harvested turkey and must validate harvested turkey as required by law when the hunter receives the original license and tags.

    REPLACEMENT OF LOST TAGS

    Duplicate tags are available to replace lost tags at a charge to the hunter. Hunters that have harvested turkey prior to losing their remaining tags must remove and discard the duplicate tags to account for the original tags that have been used and validated. Hunters must record these validated turkey on the duplicate turkey tag license.

Possession Tags

Any part of a wild turkey that is divided shall have affixed thereto the name, date, address and LDWF number of the person who harvested the turkey. This information shall be legibly written in pen or pencil on any piece of paper or cardboard or any material which is attached or secured to or enclosing the part or parts.

Sex Identification

Positive evidence of sex identification, including the head or intact leg shall remain on any turkey taken, so long as such turkey is kept in camp or field, or is in route to the domicile of its possessor, or until such turkey has been stored at the domicile of its possessor or divided at a cold storage facility and has thus become identifiable as food rather than as wild game.