Louisiana Hunting Seasons, 2018-2019




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

Louisiana Deer Seasons

Archery September to January**
Muzzleloader October to January**
Firearms, No Dogs October to January**
Firearms, With Or Without Dogs December to January

**Season dates vary greatly by zone/area — Louisiana has 10 hunting “areas.” In Louisiana, you may not possess more than six deer per season, three of which are antlered and 4 of which are antlerless. Daily bag limits of 1 antlered deer and 1 anterless deer (when legal) are enforced.




Louisiana Wild Turkey Seasons

General Season Apr. 6-May 5**
Youth And Disabled Hunt Mar. 30-31

**Season dates vary by area — Louisiana has 3 turkey hunting areas.

Louisiana Small Game Seasons

Nutria Sept. 1-Feb. 28
Raccoon, Opossum, Bobcat Open season
Squirrel Oct. 6-Feb. 28 and May 4-26**
Rabbit Oct. 6-Feb. 28
Quail and Pheasant Nov. 17-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.