DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Louisiana, hunting licenses visit the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website.
WHAT ARE THE LOUISIANA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Hunters must obtain a turkey or deer tag, and have the tag in their possession prior to legally hunting turkey or deer within the state.
The tag must be properly attached to the carcass of the animal immediately after it’s been harvested, prior to being permitted to transport the animal. The hunter must properly mark the tag with the date and parish of the take, in addition to recording the date and parish on the harvest report card portion of the deer or turkey tag license.
Once the animal has been tagged, the tag must remain attached to the carcass while being kept at a hunt camp, or while the carcass is being transported home or to a cold storage facility.
Game Check and Tag Validation Requirements
Deer and turkey tags must be validated within 72 hours of the harvest, using the Game Check system. Tags can be validated either by phone by calling 844-522-4325 or online by using the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Game Check system.
Deer hunters who have harvested a deer within the WMA may also choose to validate their deer tag in-person at an operational deer-check station within the area. If you plan to hunt deer within a WMA be sure that you’re aware of deer-check stations in the area and check before-hand to ensure they are open.