Louisiana Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


Louisiana hunting season offers a wide variety of experiences. The migratory bird hunting is among the best in the country and the Whitetail Deer of Louisiana tend to have trophy racks made for fireplace mantles. Louisiana offers a very detailed Alligator hunt as well.

Whether you’re an instate resident or looking to visit this jewel of the south, Louisiana offers information about licenses and detailed maps about their 13 hunting zones with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 

Deer Seasons

Area 1

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Muzzleloader Nov. 12-18
Jan. 23-31
Firearms, No Dogs Nov. 19-Dec. 9
Jan. 9-22
Firearms, With or Without Dogs Dec. 10-Jan. 8

Area 2

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Muzzleloader Oct. 22-28
Jan. 16-22
Firearms, No Dogs Oct. 29-Dec. 7
Firearms, With or Without Dogs Dec. 8-Jan. 15

Area 3

Archery Sep. 19-Jan. 15
Muzzleloader Oct. 8-14
Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Firearms, No Dogs Oct. 15-Nov. 27
Dec. 3-Jan. 8
Firearms, With or Without Dogs N/A

Area 4

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Muzzleloader (Bucks Only) Jan. 30-31
(All Deer) Nov. 12-18
Jan. 23-29
Firearms, No Dogs (Bucks Only) Nov. 21-24
Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Dec. 5-9
Jan. 9-13
Jan. 16-20(All Deer)
Nov. 19-20
Nov. 25-27
Dec. 3-4
Jan. 14-15
Jan. 21-22
Firearms, With or Without Dogs (Bucks) Dec. 12-16
Dec. 19-23
Dec. 26-Jan. 6(All Deer) Dec. 10-11
Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Jan. 14-15

Area 5

Archery (Bucks Only) Oct. 1-15
(All Deer) Oct. 16-Feb. 15
Muzzleloader (Bucks Only) Nov. 12-18
Jan. 30-31(All Deer) Jan. 23-29
Firearms, No Dogs (Bucks Only) Nov. 19-24
Nov. 28-Dec. 9(All Deer) Nov. 25-27
Firearms, With or Without Dogs (Bucks Only) Dec. 12-30
Jan. 2-13
Jan. 16-22(All Deer) Dec. 10-11
Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Jan. 14-15

Area 6

Archery (Bucks Only) Oct. 1-15
(All Deer): Oct. 16-Feb. 15
Muzzleloader Nov. 12-18
Jan. 23-31
Firearms, No Dogs Nov. 19-Dec. 9
Firearms, With or Without Dogs Dec. 10-Jan. 22

Area 7

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 31
Muzzleloader (Bucks Only) Nov. 12-18
Jan. 30-31(All Deer) Oct. 8-14
Firearms, No Dogs (Bucks Only) Oct. 17-Nov. 4
Nov. 12-18
Nov. 21-24(All Deer) Oct. 15-16
Nov. 19-20
Nov. 25-27
Firearms, With or Without Dogs (Bucks Only) Nov. 28-Dec. 30
(All Deer) Dec. 31-Jan. 1

Area 8

Archery Sept. 18-Jan. 15
Muzzleloader Oct. 8-14
Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Firearms, No Dogs Oct. 15-Nov. 27
Firearms, With or Without Dogs Dec. 3-Jan. 8

Area 9

Archery (Bucks Only) Oct. 1-15
(All Deer) Oct. 16-Feb. 15
Muzzleloader (Bucks Only) Nov. 12-18
Jan. 30-31(All Deer) Jan. 23-29
Firearms, No Dogs (Bucks Only) Nov. 19-24
Nov. 28-Dec. 9(All Deer) Nov. 25-27
Firearms, With or Without Dogs (Bucks Only) Dec. 12-30
Jan. 2-13
Jan. 16-22(All Deer) Dec. 10-11
Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Jan. 14-15

Area 10

Archery Sept. 17-Jan. 15
Muzzleloader (Bucks Only) Nov. 28-Dec. 2
(All Deer) Oct. 8-14
Firearms, No Dogs (Bucks Only) Oct. 17-Nov. 11
Nov. 14-24
Dec. 3-30
Jan. 2-8(All Deer) Oct. 15-16
Nov. 12-13
Nov. 25-27
Dec. 31-Jan. 1
Firearms, With or Without Dogs N/A

Wild Turkey Seasons

Area A Mar. 26-Apr. 24
Area B Mar. 26-Apr. 17
Area C Mar. 26-Apr. 10
Youth and Disabled Hunt Mar. 19-20

Dove Seasons

Dove (North Zone) Sept. 3-25
Oct. 8-Nov. 13
Dec. 17-Jan. 15
Dove (South Zone) Sept. 3-11
Oct. 8-Nov. 27
Dec. 17-Jan. 15

*Louisiana North and South zones are split along LA Highway 12 and US Highway 190.

Small Game Seasons

Nutria Sept. 1-Feb. 28
Raccoon, Opossum, Bobcat Year Round
Fall Squirrel Oct. 1-Feb. 28
Spring Squirrel May 6-28*
Rabbit Nov. 19-Feb. 28
Quail, Pheasant Oct. 1-Feb. 28

*Spring Squirrel season is closed in some areas.
Small game limits vary by species. For more information on bag limits, visit theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

The Louisiana hunting seasons are controlled by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. You can apply for permits online.