Louisiana Hunting Seasons 2023-2024 [Updated Schedule]

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has created 10 separate zones around the state (LDWF).

Various sorts of seasons occur in different places, and harvesting limits may vary depending on the time of year or the specific location. Details about the next 2023-2024 hunting season in Louisiana have been made public.

Important dates and rules for Louisiana’s hunting season are outlined in this page. We’ll talk about where to go hunting and the many species of wildlife in Louisiana.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never gone hunting before or if you’ve been doing it for years, the information provided here will add value to your hunting expedition this year. What are we waiting for? Dive in and discover the great hunting in Louisiana has to offer!

Louisiana Hunting Season
Louisiana Hunting Season

Louisiana Hunting Seasons

Most of you are likely making preparations for the upcoming hunting season. Our team has compiled the following schedule of upcoming hunting seasons for your convenience.

Deer Season

Louisiana Deer season may begin as early as mid-September and last as late as mid-February. Because each season starts on a Saturday, the dates vary.

Deer Hunting MethodHunting Start DateHunting End DateArea
ArcheryOct. 1Jan. 31Area 1
Primitive FirearmsNov. 11-17Jan. 22-31Area 1
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyNov. 18-Dec. 8Jan. 8-21Area 1
with/without dogsDec. 9Jan. 7Area 1
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransOct. 28-Nov. 3Area 1
ArcheryOct. 1Jan. 31Area 2
Primitive FirearmsOct. 21-27Jan. 15-21Area 2
Modern Firearms/still hunt onlyOct. 28-Dec. 5Area 2
with/without dogsDec. 6Jan. 14Area 2
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransOct. 14-20Area 2
ArcherySept. 16Jan. 15Area 3
Primitive FirearmsOct. 14-20Jan. 1-7Area 3
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyOct. 21-Nov. 26Area 3
with/without dogsNov. 27Dec. 31Area 3
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransSept. 23-29Area 3
ArcheryOct. 1Jan. 31Area 4
Primitive FirearmsNov. 11-17Jan 22-31Area 4
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyNov. 18-Dec. 8Jan. 8-21Area 4
with/without dogsDec. 9Jan. 7Area 4
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransOct. 28-Nov. 3Area 4
ArcheryOct. 1-15 (bucks only)Feb. 15Area 5
ArcheryOct. 16Feb. 15Area 5, Area 6, Area 9
Primitive FirearmsNov. 11-17 (either sex)Jan. 31 (bucks only)Area 5, Area 9
Primitive FirearmsJan. 22-31 (bucks only)Area 5, Area 9
Primitive FirearmsNov. 11-17Jan. 31Area 6
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyNov. 18-Dec. 8 (bucks only, either-sex take allowed Nov. 18-19 & Nov. 24-26)Area 5, Area 9
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyNov. 18-Dec. 8Area 6
with/without dogsDec. 9-Jan. 21 (bucks only, either-sex take allowed Dec. 9-10 & Dec. 16-17)Area 5, Area 9
with/without dogsDec. 9-Jan. 21Area 6
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransOct. 28-Nov. 3Area 5, Area 6, Area 9
ArcherySept. 16-Jan. 15Area 7, Area 8
Primitive FirearmsOct. 14-20 & Jan. 1-7Area 7, Area 8
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyOct. 21-Nov. 26Area 7, Area 8
with/without dogsNov. 27-Dec. 31Area 7, Area 8
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransSept. 23-29Area 7, Area 8
ArcheryOct. 1-15 (bucks only)Feb. 15Area 9
Primitive FirearmsNov. 11-17 (either sex)Jan. 31 (bucks only)Area 9
Primitive FirearmsJan. 22-31 (bucks only)Area 9
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyNov. 18-Dec. 8 (bucks only, either-sex take allowed Nov. 18-19 & Nov. 24-26)Area 9
with/without dogsDec. 9-Jan. 21 (bucks only, either-sex take allowed Dec. 9-10 & Dec. 16-17)Area 9
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransOct. 28-Nov. 3Area 9
ArcherySept. 16-Jan. 15Area 10
Primitive FirearmsOct. 14-20 & Jan. 1-7Area 10
Modern Firearms/still-hunt onlyOct. 21-Dec. 31Area 10
Youth-only and honorably discharged veteransSept. 23-29Area 10

Rabbit Season

Louisiana Rabbits SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
RabbitsSaturday, October 07, 2023Thursday, February 01, 2029Statewide, private lands only

Louisiana Bobcat, Hog and Coyote Season

Louisiana Bobcat, Hog and Coyote SeasonHunting Season Start DateHunting Season End DateNote
BobcatSunday, January 01, 2023Sunday, December 31, 2023experimental season all year round.
CoyoteSunday, January 01, 2023Sunday, December 31, 2023Seasonal hunting. There is no restriction.
HogSunday, January 01, 2023Sunday, December 31, 2023Throughout the Year hunting. No limit.

Raccoon and Opossum Season

Louisiana Raccoon and Opossum SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Raccoon and Opossum Sunday, January 01, 2023Sunday, December 31, 2023Year-round. 2 raccoons and 2 opossums

Squirrels Season

Louisiana Squirrels SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
SquirrelsSaturday, October 07, 2023Thursday, February 01, 2029Statewide, private lands only
SquirrelsSaturday, May 04, 2024Sunday, May 26, 2024Statewide, private lands only

Alligator Season

Louisiana Alligator SeasonHunting Season Start DateHunting Season End Date
Alligator (East Zone)31-Aug30-Oct
Alligator (West Zone)7-Sep6-Nov

Quail Season

Louisiana Quail SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
QuailSaturday, November 18, 2023Thursday, February 01, 2024Statewide, private lands only

Pheasant Season

Louisiana Pheasant SeasonHunting Season Start DateHunting Season End DateBagLimit
PheasantSaturday, November 18, 2023Thursday, February 01, 2024No limit restriction

Turkey Season 2023

Louisiana Turkey Season (2023)Hunting Season Start DateHunting Season End DateArea
Spring Youth and Disabled hunters.Saturday-March 25, 2023Sunday-March 26, 2023Areas A, B, and C. For a comprehensive map, see the rules.
Spring CSaturday-April 1, 2023Sunday-April 16, 2023In Area C; for further information, please refer to the rules and regulations.
Spring ASaturday-April 1, 2023Sunday-April 30, 2023Area A; for a more in-depth map, please refer to the rules and regulations.

Turkey Season 2024

Louisiana Turkey Season (2024)Hunting Start DateHunting End Date
Turkey (Area A)Saturday, April 06, 2024Sunday, May 05, 2024
Turkey (Area B)Saturday, April 06, 2024Sunday, April 28, 2024
Turkey (Area C)Saturday, April 06, 2024Sunday, April 21, 2024
Turkey (Youth/Physically Challenged weekend)Friday, March 29, 2024Sunday, March 31, 2024

Crows, Blackbirds, Cowbirds, and Grackles

Louisiana Crows, Blackbirds, Cowbirds, and Grackles SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Crows, Blackbirds, Cowbirds, and GracklesFriday, September 01, 2023Sunday, January 01, 2023Year-round. 2 raccoons and 2 opossums

Louisiana Migratory Birds & Waterfowl Season

Goose Seasons

Louisiana Geese SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross') and White-fronted GeeseSaturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023East Zone
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross') and White-fronted GeeseSaturday, December 16, 2023Sunday, January 28, 2024East Zone
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross') and White-fronted GeeseSaturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023West Zone
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross') and White-fronted GeeseSaturday, December 16, 2023Tuesday, January 02, 2024West Zone
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, and Ross') and White-fronted GeeseSaturday, January 13, 2024Wednesday, February 07, 2024West Zone
Canada GeeseSaturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023East Zone
Canada GeeseSaturday, December 16, 2023Saturday, January 28, 2023East Zone
Canada GeeseSaturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023West Zone
Canada GeeseSaturday, December 16, 2023Tuesday, January 02, 2024West Zone
Canada GeeseSaturday, January 13, 2024Wednesday, February 07, 2024West Zone
Geese/Conservation Order (East Zone)Monday, December 04, 2023Friday, December 15, 2023
Geese/Conservation Order (East Zone)Monday, January 29, 2024Sunday, March 03, 2024
Geese/Conservation Order (West Zone)Monday, December 04, 2023Friday, December 15, 2023
Geese/Conservation Order (West Zone)Wednesday, January 03, 2024Friday, January 12, 2024
Geese/Conservation Order (West Zone)Thursday, February 08, 2024Sunday, March 03, 2024

Note

  • Geese: includes Ross’, specklebellies, blue, snow, and Canada. In several areas of the Cameron and Vermilion parishes, lake of Canada geese are forbidden.
  • Geese/Conservation Order: only permitted to snap pictures of blue, snow, and Ross’ geese. neither a daily nor a possession limit. Electronic calls and shotguns with a capacity of more than three rounds are permitted for hunters.

Rails/Gallinules Season

Louisiana Rails/Gallinules SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
GallinulesFriday, September 15, 2023Monday, October 30, 2023Statewide
GallinulesSaturday, November 11, 2023Wednesday, January 03, 2024Statewide
King RailsFriday, September 15, 2023Saturday, September 30, 2023
Clapper RailsFriday, September 15, 2023Saturday, September 30, 2023
Sora RailsSaturday, November 11, 2023Wednesday, January 03, 2024
Virginia RailsSaturday, November 11, 2023Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Snipe Season

Louisiana Snipe SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
SnipeThursday, November 02, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023Statewide
SnipeSaturday, December 16, 2023Wednesday, February 28, 2024Statewide

Teal Season

Louisiana Teal SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
TEAL (BLUE-WINGED, GREEN-WINGED AND CINNAMON)Friday, September 15, 2023Saturday, September 30, 2023Statewide

Woodcock Season

Louisiana Woodcock SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
WOODCOCKMonday, December 18, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024Statewide

Dove Season

Louisiana Dove SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Doves (South Zone)Saturday, September 02, 2023Sunday, September 17, 2023South Zone
Doves (South Zone)Saturday, October 14, 2023Sunday, November 26, 2023South Zone
Doves (South Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Saturday, January 14, 2023South Zone
Doves (North Zone)Saturday, September 02, 2023Sunday, September 24, 2023North Zone
Doves (North Zone)Saturday, October 07, 2023Sunday, November 12, 2023North Zone
Doves (North Zone)Saturday, December 23, 2023Saturday, January 21, 2023North Zone

Duck, Cooots and Mergansers Season

Louisiana Duck, Cooots and Mergansers SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Ducks (West Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Coots (West Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Mergansers (West Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Ducks (West Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Tuesday, January 02, 2024
Coots (West Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Tuesday, January 02, 2024
Mergansers (West Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Tuesday, January 02, 2024
Ducks (West Zone)Saturday, January 13, 2024Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Coots (West Zone)Saturday, January 13, 2024Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Mergansers (West Zone)Saturday, January 13, 2024Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Ducks (East Zone)Saturday, November 18, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Coots (East Zone)Saturday, November 18, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Mergansers (East Zone)Saturday, November 18, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023
Ducks (East Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Sunday, January 28, 2024
Coots (East Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Sunday, January 28, 2024
Mergansers (East Zone)Saturday, December 16, 2023Sunday, January 28, 2024
Ducks (East Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Saturday, November 11, 2023Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Coots (East Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Saturday, November 11, 2023Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Mergansers (East Zone)Saturday, November 11, 2023Saturday, November 11, 2023Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Ducks (East Zone)Saturday, February 03, 2024Saturday, February 03, 2024Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Coots (East Zone)Saturday, February 03, 2024Saturday, February 03, 2024Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Mergansers (East Zone)Saturday, February 03, 2024Saturday, February 03, 2024Youth-only and veterans-only special hunt
Ducks (West Zone)Saturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, November 05, 2023Youth-only and veterans-only weekend
Coots (West Zone)Saturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, November 05, 2023Yuth-only and veterans-only weekend
Mergansers (West Zone)Saturday, November 04, 2023Sunday, November 05, 2023Youth-only and veterans-only weekend

Hunting Location

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries maintains over 1.6 million acres. There are also large tracts of government maintained hunting territory in the state.

Forests and parks: Kisatchie National Forest & Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve limit hunting. These sites may have restrictions and need permissions.

Wildlife camps: The USFWS maintains 23 national wildlife refuges in Louisiana. Many of these areas allow hunting, with certain constraints. Louisiana’s wildlife refuges cover 550,000 acres.

Wildlife-protected areas: Louisiana has many WMAs for public hunting (WMAs). These areas are carefully conserved because of their relevance to ecosystems and animal species.

State wildlife preserves: Louisiana has 8 wildlife refuges. Some of these areas allow hunting, although the techniques and sorts of wildlife differ.

Protected Natural Areas: Louisiana’s Nature Reserves include White Lake and Ben Lilly. Only White Lake allows hunting, although it has good waterfowl opportunities. White Lake hunting permits are lottery-based.

Hunting Resources

Here’s an information link for deer hunters. Others who like migratory game birds can also find official info here. Learn when to hunt turkeys, bunnies, quail, and squirrels in Louisiana.

Hunting License & Fees

In Louisiana, you need a Basic Hunting License to capture or transit wild birds or quadrupeds.

Bow or archaic rifle hunting, turkey, bobcat, or migratory duck hunting may need a license and/or fee. Refer to the below chart for fees.

Louisiana License fees
Louisiana License fees

FAQ on Louisiana Hunting Seasons

Is hunting allowed on any of Louisiana's public lands?

Various government organizations control a large number of acres in Louisiana. These areas are great for hunting, fishing, and birding, like state-owned public lands. Many activities on government land need permits and approvals.

Does Louisiana require a hunting license?

Those born on or after September 1, 1969 who wish to hunt in Louisiana must undergo an approved hunter education course. Certification needs a 10-year-old.

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