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Hunting in Louisiana: 4 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 03:47 PM

In Louisiana, nearly 90 percent of land is privately owned, and hunters need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities when hunting on grounds bordering private property. People hunting on private land must hunt as they do on state property, and must honor any wishes of the landowner. Hunting in Louisiana is regulated by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and all hunters must have a valid license.

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Here are 4 things to know about hunting on private land in Louisiana:

1. Permission of the Landowner
When hunting on private land in Louisiana, permission must be sought from the property owner before entering on the land. All ethics and laws that apply on state owned land also apply on private property. Without the express permission of the landowner, the hunter may not enter land to retrieve injured animals or stray dogs, unless the hunter is unarmed.

2. Wearing of Hunter Orange
When hunting deer in Louisiana, all hunters must wear 400 square inches of orange on their clothing if in possession of firearms or ammunition. The same is true for those on private lands, though a hunter may wear a hunter orange cap or hat instead of on their clothing.

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3. Hunting With Dogs
On private land, which is not designated an area of "still hunt," it is legal to hunt deer using dogs. This can only be at certain times of the season and usually from early December to late January in nearly every hunting zone. Dogs must be leashed at all times and always under the control of the owner. Rules on dogs having the owners names, address and telephone number clearly visible on neck collars apply.

4. Nuisance Animals
Owners of private property may hunt beaver and nutria, causing damage to their property without license and at any time of year. When a commercial crop is being damaged by squirrels, a landowner may hunt the animal year round, but only with a special license issued by the LDWF. Landowners may take coyote, feral pigs, and armadillo year-round on their property, providing they are in possession of a valid hunting permit. Night-time hunting of nuisance animals is allowed in private property, with the owner’s permission, from the last day of February to the last day of August.

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

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