Louisiana – From a Hunter’s POV

Posted: 08/13/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Legal, News, Regulations
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This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.

Louisiana

Is the information easy to find?

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries web site is at the top of the search results.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting website is easy to use and understand, with quick links on the front page to hunting regulations, licenses and permits, and deer seasons.  On the license page, though, the user does have to click ‘hunting’ on the left side of the page to get to a list of the fees before starting the purchase process.  There are quite a few PDF files available but unless users are looking for WMA regulations, there shouldn’t be a need to open a single one to find the when, where, and how much answers needed to plan a hunt.  The only complicated part of finding information is the amount of research needed if the planned hunt is on a Wildlife Management Area, which is discussed below.

Grade: B

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Licenses are available over the counter, but there is a page for Special Season Lottery Hunts.  Even reading the Hunting Regulations PDF fails to give a simple explanation of what those special season hunts are, other than the fact that they seem to be tied in with the Wildlife Management Areas.  This is an approximately 98 page document with many advertisements, and ten minutes of searching, including a text search, yielded 124 instances of the word ‘lottery’ without a simple chart to be found at this point. A chart may exist, but I haven’t found it.

Other than the lottery WMA system, the licensing is simple.

Grade: C

 How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Resident license fees in Louisiana cost $15.00 for a basic hunting license, $14.00 for a big game permit, $10.50 for a bow tag and $10.50 for a primitive firearm tag for a total of $50. Nonresident fees are $150.00 for a basic hunting license, $150.00 for a big game tag, and $26.00 each for a bow and primitive firearm tag for a total of $352.00. However, there are short term licenses available that are $36.00 for a one day deer permit that is ALL INCLUSIVE.  At this point I do not know if this is a repeatable license, if it is, then five days of licenses would run $180.00, a considerable savings.

Grade: A

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

Deer hunting seasons are simply laid out for Louisiana, except for the wildlife management area lottery hunts.

Grade: A

Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Management Area web page provides links to WMA’s, and is filterable by parish.  The general Louisiana Hunting Regulations PDF has WMA specific rules starting on page 33 and continue to page 80.  Forty-seven pages of specific rules and regulations for individual Wildlife Management Areas.  I’ll say that again. FORTY-SEVEN PAGES of regulations, often including the word “EXCEPT,” I don’t think these could be much more complicated unless California was involved.

Grade: D

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Do the homework, make certain you know where you want to hunt, if you want to hunt a Wildlife Management Area, print that page and the general regulations page, laminate both and keep the pages with you at all times.  Other than that, the costs are reasonable, including a one-day-all-inclusive deer tag at a very attractive price.

Grade: B

Summary: Final Grade B

The web site could be much simpler, however MOST of the information is easy to find from the main page.  My suggestion would be to rely far less on PDF files, and to organize the WMA information into easier to find and print segments. A good way to do this would be to include all of the relevant information on the parish-searchable pages, however I would convert all of those pages to individual web pages rather than PDFs. One thing that I found that I think is absolutely brilliant, but has no bearing on the hunting information for deer, is the fact that part of the web site labels Hogs, Armadillos, and Coyotes as “Outlaw Quadrupeds.”  Still, Louisiana has a lot to offer deer hunters, I may start planning a hunt myself.

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