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Hunting in Louisiana: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 05:33 PM

Hunting with dogs has long been part of hunting tradition, and it is no different in Louisiana than in any other state. Dogs need to be controlled so not to be nuisance to other wildlife, and there are strong regulations in Louisiana to govern hunting with them. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWLF) is responsible for the control of hunting in the Pelican State and are constantly updating regulations of dog hunting.

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The regulations for hunting with dogs in Louisiana are:

Coyote Hunts
The coyote can be hunted all year round with dogs in Louisiana and there is not a limit on quota or a bag limit. During the "still hunt" season, hunting coyote with dogs can be during chase times only. Dogs can only be used for tracking and trapping the coyote. It is illegal to hunt coyote with dogs when in an area designated for turkey shooting during the hunting season.

Deer Hunts
The use of a dog in still hunts is illegal in Louisiana and many areas have parts of the season, which are designated still hunt only. A still hunt is defined as stalking or stationary shooting of deer without use of a dog. The training of dogs during a still hunt season is prohibited and all dogs must be kept out of a designated still hunting area. All dogs must wear a collar, which clearly shows the owner’s name, address and telephone number.

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Dogs may be used to trail shot animals but must be on a leash at all times. If a shot deer has not been recovered before close of shooting hours, a leashed dog may be used to help in tracking it down, but the owner may not carry a firearm. All deer hunting in Wildlife Management Areas are still hunt only and the use of dogs is prohibited. In other areas and outside of a still hunt season, it is legal to hunt deer with dogs in Louisiana.

Turkey Hunts
The hunting of turkeys in Louisiana is restricted to certain seasons and bag numbers are one per day with a quota of only two per season. All hunting of turkeys in the state is by still hunt only. The hunting of turkey by dog s is prohibited at all times, during all seasons, day or night.

Quail and Migratory Bird Hunting

Only recognized breeds of retrievers and hunting dogs may be used for the hunting of these birds. Use of other types of dog are prohibited and owners are reminded to keep dogs on leash in areas of still hunts for deer.

Dog Hunting in Wildlife Management Areas
The use of dogs in WMAs is prohibited unless when hunting for duck and birds. However, in a series of experimental hunts, dogs may be used under controlled circumstances for racoon, squirrel and rabbit hunting. Beagles, which have a front shoulder height of less than 15 inches, may be used in experimental rabbit hunts on WMA land.

Feral Pig Hunts
Because of their nuisance problem, the hunting of feral pigs is encouraged in Louisiana. The hunting of feral pigs with dogs is prohibited except during the month of February in Attakapas, Clear Creek, Dewey Wills, Jackson-Bienville, Little River, Pearl River, Richard K. Yancey, Sabine, Sabine Island, and West Bay WMAs, with a self-clearing permit.

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

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Hunting with dogs has long been part of hunting tradition, and it is no different in Louisiana than in any other state.
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