Quadrupeds & Resident Game Birds Regulations
*Spring squirrel season is CLOSED on the Kisatchie National Forest, some national wildlife refuges, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and some state WMAs (check WMA season schedule).
Season:Experimental Year Round Season
- Basic Season and Big Game Licenses are required of all persons hunting bobcat. See Licenses & Fees for exceptions and exemptions.
- Take of bobcat outside of legal shooting hours.
- One per calendar year.
- Firearms, archery equipment, and primitive firearms legal for deer.
- 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
Year Round Season
- 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. See Licenses & Fees for exceptions and exemptions.
- 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 open 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).
- Two raccoon and two opossum per day or night (see EXCEPTion for open trapping season).
- During daylight hours:
- Rimfire firearms .22 caliber or smaller.
- Muzzleloading firearm .36 caliber or smaller.
- Legal archery gear
- Air rifles
- Shotguns only during daylight hours.
- During nighttime hours:
- Rimfire firearms .22 caliber or smaller.
- No daily limit for nighttime or daytime raccoon or opossum during the open trapping season EXCEPT on certain WMAs as listed.
Sept. 1 - Feb. 28. See exception below for certain WMAs.
- Possession of detached nutria parts, including nutria tails, by recreational hunters.
- Pelting of recreationally harvested nutria.
- Sale 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.
- Five per day.
- Any gear on private lands. Shotguns with non-toxic shot only and rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller on WMAs.
- 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 Lafayette field office: 337-262-2080.
Sept. 1 - Jan. 1. See EXCEPTion below for depredation.
- No limit.
- 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.
Season:Open concurrently with Quail Season.
- No limit.
- Basic Season License is required of all persons hunting quadrupeds and resident game birds. Additional licenses are required for deer, bobcat, and turkey. See Licenses & Fees for exceptions and exemptions.
- Import, sell, use or possess scents or lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids, EXCEPT natural deer urine products produced by manufacturers or entities that are actively enrolled and participating in the Responsible Hunting Scent Association or the Archery Trade Association Deer Protection Program, which has been tested using real-time quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC) and certified that no detectable levels of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) are present and is clearly labeled as such.
- 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. 56:116.1(B)(3)(a-b)]. 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 archery gear or a shotgun not larger than a 10 gauge fired from the shoulder 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, raccoons, opossum and outlaw quadrupeds.
Refer to game schedules contained within these regulations for specific gear restrictions.
- 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 Nutria, Beaver & 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)
Nighttime take of Nutria, Beaver & outlaw quadrupeds
Hunting and/or Discharging Firearms on Public Roads
- 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.