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Hunting in Louisiana: 7 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 11:13 AM

Louisiana, with its vast areas of mountains, forest, lakes, and swamps, is a state long renowned for its hunting. As in every other state, a hunter needs a permit to hunt and fish. The issuing of permits by the state allows it to control hunting, decide quotas, ensure hunting safety and control bag limits.

Here are seven things adults need to know before applying for hunting permits in Louisiana.

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1. Where to apply

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website lists all the hunting permits needed and how to apply for them. Persons looking to apply for the correct permit may do so directly online or find their nearest office from the information available. Forms for applying for licenses or replacement of lost ones also can be printed and posted to the addresses listed.

2. Hunter Education

All applicants for a hunting permit in Louisiana need to complete a state authorized hunter education course before applying. The course covers all aspects of hunting safety, gun safety, hunting ethics, and firearm responsibility. The practical side of the course teaches marksmanship, good range practice and respect for fellow shooters. Once a Hunter Education Card has been issued, the holder may then apply for the correct permit from the state authorities.

3. Types of Permit

Before applying to the LDWF, the first-time hunter needs to know what type of permits are available. The full list is available from the LDWF website, and the permits cover all aspects of hunting in the state from big game quadrupeds to falconry and nuisance control of animals such as beaver and nutria.

4. Residency

To apply for an annual license to hunt freely in Louisiana, each hunter needs to satisfy the state residency requirements. To qualify as residents in Louisiana, hunters must prove that they have lived in the state for at least six months before the date of application. Accepted methods of showing domicile in Louisiana are being registered to vote in the state, being a holder of a state driving license, tax returns filed and being tax compliant, and that their motor vehicle is registered in the state of Louisiana.

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5. Non-Residents

For non-residents, permits apply for a restricted time window and can be more expensive than those for issued to residents. A non-resident must be in possession of a valid hunter education card from their home state or complete the Louisiana state course. Holders of resident licenses to hunt in other states are automatically treated as non-residents in Louisiana and may not apply for the full resident permits.

6. Louisiana Natives

For those born in the state but no longer residing in Louisiana, a special five-day permit is available to buy. The purchaser must produce a valid Louisiana birth certificate and must apply in person to a license vendor office. The permit is available at a reduced cost and is valid for the five consecutive days from day of purchase.

7. Physically Challenged Individuals

For people with physical disabilities, a special permit allows the use of designated hunting areas, blinds, and viewing spots. The permit is available from the LDWF, and users will need to make reservations in advance of using any of the blinds and stands. These areas are available in the Big Colewa Bayou, Buckhorn, Clear Creek, Alexander State Forest, Elbow Slough, Ouachita, Floy W. McElroy, and Sherburne WMAs.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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