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Hunting in Louisiana: 5 Animals to Hunt in the Fall

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Louisiana is a beautiful place to visit in the fall. For the hunter, temperatures begin to drop from their summer highs and game is bountiful. Fall is when the hunting season to opens on many game animals, with the woods and swamps very busy places. For some animals, the season is a short one, just lasting a few days. For others, the hunter can look forward to weeks of great sport.

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Here are 5 animals to hunt in Louisiana in the fall:

1. Deer
The season for hunting deer is staggered to start at different times across the state of Louisiana. In most counties, it begins in October for those hunting with a bow and arrow, and for either sex. For those using primitive firearms, hunting begins in mid-October for either sex. Still hunts begin toward the end of the month. There is no deer hunting with dogs allowed in Louisiana during the fall.

2. Ducks
Hunting for ducks begins late in the fall. In all areas there is a 60-day open season and hunting takes place between a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset. The daily bag limit is six and the limit on breeds is four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, three scaup and two redheads. In the western counties and the coastal zone, the season opens in mid-November, and in the eastern counties towards late November.

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3. Quail
The season for this popular game bird begins in mid-November throughout the state, and lasts for nearly three months. The “Northern Bobwhite” is native to the state and is known locally as “Bobwhite Quail.” There isn’t a season quota on hunting quail, but there is a daily bag limit of 10 per person and a possession limit of 30. Shooting begins a half-hour before sunrise and finishes a half-hour after sunset.

4. Rabbit
The fall season for rabbit hunting begins in early October. There are two breeds of rabbit native to Louisiana, the eastern cottontail and the swamp rabbit. As with all rabbits, the two breeds have a great propensity to reproduce and numbers are always high throughout the season. Shooting takes place between sunrise and sunset with a daily bag limit of eight and a possession limit of 24 per person.

5. Wild Alligators

The regulations on hunting this animal are strict. Hunting season begins in the west of state in September and lasts just 30 days. The alligator hunting lottery allocates licenses to just 300 resident Louisiana hunters to kill only 800 head of the animal per season.

Applications to the lottery begin in mid-May each year and cover all WMA and state owned swamplands that allow alligator hunting. On private property, which has sufficient population of alligator, hunting is allowed but only to the landowner or those with his permission. Successful applicants to the lottery buy tags to shoot alligator with a maximum of five per season.

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

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