Louisiana Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Louisiana Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2021-2022.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Louisiana?” 

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Louisiana Hunting Seasons Dates

Louisiana has a large number of hunting opportunities throughout the hunting season. Game species available include:-

Deer, Turkey, Alligator, Hogs and a range of Small Game and Game Bird hunting.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Louisiana Deer Hunting Season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries makes the following comments about deer hunting during hunting season.

“White-tailed deer are an abundant and sustainable game species in Louisiana. The deer population is estimated to be at a minimum of 500,000 today.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
Firearms (No Dogs)Oct 19-Jan 19
Firearms (With or Without Dogs)dec 2-Jan 19
MuzzleloaderOct 19-Jan 31
BowSept 21-Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Seasons dates vary widely between hunting zones in Louisiana.

Louisiana Turkey Hunting Season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries makes the following comments about turkey hunting during hunting season.

“The eastern wild turkey is the largest game bird native to Louisiana. Gobblers average about 17 pounds with some birds weighing up to 25 pounds. Hens average between 8 and 11 pounds.”

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
General Hunting SeasonApr 4-May 3
Youth & Disabled HuntMarch 28-29

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Louisiana Small Game Hunting Season

Louisiana as some fantastic Wild Hog hunting throughout the State.

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
HogsOpen all Year
CoyotesOpen All Year
RabbitOct 5-Feb 29
SquirrelOct 5-Feb 29 & May 2-24
Raccoon & OpossumOpen All Year
BobcatOpen All Year
Alligators(East) Last Wed august for 30 Days
Alligators(West) First Wed Sept For 30 Days

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. A resident alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags

Louisiana Game Bird Hunting Season

Hunting CategoryHunting Season 2021-2022*
DucksNov 9-Jan 26
PheasantsNov 16-Feb 29
QuailNov 16-Feb 29
Light GeeseNov 2-Feb 9
Dove (5 Species)Sept 7- Jan 31
Canada GeeseNov 2-Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Ducks, Dove seasons vary widley across hunting units.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.