Turkey Hunting Schedules for Louisiana

Shooting Hours

  • Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset.

Season Dates by Area

Louisiana Turkey Hunting Laws and Regulations

Turkey Hunting Area A in Louisiana

Parishes Fully Open in Area A

  • Beauregard
  • Bienville
  • Bossier
  • Claiborne
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln
  • Livingston
  • Natchitoches
  • Sabine
  • St. Helena
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Union
  • Vernon
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • West Feliciana
  • Winn

Partially Open Parishes in Area A

  • Allen: North of US 190, East of Kinder, and West of US 165 South of Kinder.
  • Calcasieu: North of I-10.
  • Caldwell: West of the Ouachita River, Southward to Catahoula Parish line.
  • Catahoula: South/West of the Ouachita River from the Caldwell line to LA 8 at Harrisonburg, North/West of LA 8 to LaSalle line, East of LA 15.
  • Evangeline: North/West of LA 115, following a detailed route westward to Mamou and then North of LA 104 West of Mamou.
  • Jefferson Davis: North of US 190 from LA 26 junction to Kinder, West of US 165, North of I-10 from US 165 junction.
  • Morehouse: A detailed region West of US 165, following specific routes including LA 140, LA 830-4, and LA 3051 to LA 138, and LA 134.
  • Ouachita: West of the Ouachita River, and North of US 80 in the East.
  • Rapides: All West of Red River and North of LA 28 from Pineville to LaSalle Parish line.

Turkey Hunting Area B in Louisiana

Open Parishes in Area B

  • Caddo
  • DeSoto
  • Red River All parishes listed are fully open for turkey hunting.

Turkey Hunting Area C in Louisiana

Fully Open Parishes in Area C

  • Ascension
  • Concordia
  • Franklin
  • Iberville
  • Pointe Coupee
  • Tensas
  • West Baton Rouge

Partially Open Parishes in Area C

  • Avoyelles: Bounded by the Atchafalaya River, Red River, LA 452 to LA 1, including the segment from Hamburg to the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee.
  • Caldwell: All regions east of the Ouachita River.
  • Catahoula: Open except for portions designated in Area A.
  • Iberia: East of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee.
  • Madison: East of US 65 from the East Carroll Parish line to US 80 and south of US 80, plus all lands east of the Mississippi River.
  • Richland: Defined by boundaries including LA 17, Ringle Rd., Ferguson Rd., Little Rd., Big Creek, and portions south of US 80.
  • St. Landry: Enclosed by the west Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and the Atchafalaya River.
  • Upper St. Martin: Inside the Atchafalaya Basin, bounded by LA 352, LA 349, LA 3039, LA 347, Catahoula Hwy (LA 96), LA 679, LA 345, and south by LA 3242.

Definitions Related to Turkey Hunting

  • Baiting:

    • The act of placing, exposing, depositing, or scattering substances like corn, wheat, other grains, or salt to lure turkeys in hunting areas.
  • Baited Area:

    • A location where substances that attract turkeys have been placed, exposed, deposited, or scattered.
    • Remains classified as "baited" for 15 days after complete removal of such substances.
    • Wildlife agents may close these areas and mark them with signage indicating the closure and relevant dates.

Prohibited Activities in Turkey Hunting

  • Hen Harvesting:

    • Taking of hens, including ones with beards, is not allowed.
  • Usage of Aids:

    • Dogs, baiting, electronic calling devices, and live decoys are prohibited.
    • Motorized decoys are not permitted.
  • Vehicle Restrictions:

    • Turkeys cannot be taken from any vehicle, whether it is moving or stationary.
  • Shotgun Capacity:

    • Shotguns must not have the capacity to hold more than three shells.
  • Baiting-related Violations:

    • It is unlawful to hunt, trap, or take turkeys with the help of baiting.
    • Hunting within 200 yards of a baited area is forbidden.
  • Wild Turkey Conservation:

    • Capturing or taking live wild turkeys or their eggs from the wild is illegal.
    • Possession of captive live wild turkeys or their eggs is also prohibited.

Turkey Hunting Limits

  • Daily Limit:

    • One gobbler (male turkey) per day.
  • Season Limit:

    • Two gobblers (male turkey) per season.

Legal Gear for Turkey Hunting

  • Shotguns:

    • Including muzzleloading shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller.
    • Must use shot no larger than #2 lead, #2 non-toxic, or BB steel shot.
  • Archery Equipment:

    • Traditional bows, compound bows, and crossbows.
    • Bows may be drawn, held, or released using mechanical means.

Youth Hunting Regulations

  • Age Restriction:

    • Hunting restricted to youths 17 or younger.
  • Safety Certification:

    • Must have hunter safety certification or course completion proof.
    • Must possess a valid, original Youth License.
  • Adult Accompaniment:

    • Must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
    • Accompanying adult's safety certification/license waives the requirement for youths under 16.
  • Firearm Possession:

    • Adults cannot have a firearm.
    • Youths allowed one legal firearm for hunting.
  • Supervision:

    • Adult must always maintain visual and voice contact with youth.
    • Exception for youths 12 or older with safety course completion can hunt without an adult.

Turkey Tagging Requirements in Louisiana

  • Tag Acquisition:

    • All turkey hunters must obtain carcass or electronic tags prior to hunting.
    • Tags must be kept on person while hunting and are non-transferable.
  • Tagging Violations:

    • Using another's tags or permitting someone else to use yours carries penalties, which may include tag forfeiture.

Process for Tagging Turkey

  1. Tag the turkey immediately at the kill site with the appropriate tag before moving.
  2. Record the date of kill on the harvest report card or electronically.
  3. Note the date and parish of kill on the carcass tag or report electronically.
  4. Keep the tag attached while at camp or during transportation to a home or cold storage.
    • Follow resident game possession tag rules if kept at camp.
  5. Validate the harvest within 72 hours using text-to-tag, LDWF web portal, toll-free number 225-267-9998, or online at www.LouisianaOutdoors.com.

Turkey Tagging Procedure for Online License Purchases

E-License and Electronic Turkey Tags

  • Obtain licenses and turkey tags online at www.wlf.la.gov/page/hunting-licenses-permits-tags.
  • Print the E-License and turkey tags using a personal printer for immediate use.
  • Option to email or save the licenses and tags electronically, which must be carried while hunting.

Replacement Process for Lost Tags

  • Duplicate tags can be reprinted online at no cost.
  • Retail location reprints incur a $2 fee.
  • Used and validated tags must be accounted for and removed if duplicates are issued.
  • Record all validated uses on the duplicate turkey tag license.

Possession Tags for Divided Wild Turkey Parts

  • Mandatory Identification:

    • Each divided part of a wild turkey must have the harvester's details attached, including:
      • Name
      • Date of harvest
      • Address
      • LDWF (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries) number
  • Tagging Material:

    • Information must be legibly inscribed in pen or pencil on paper, cardboard, or other materials.
    • These materials must be attached to or secured around the turkey parts.
  • Resident Game Possession Tags:

    • Detailed tags are available on page 72 and are suitable for use as possession tags.

Turkey Sex Identification Requirements

  • Evidence Maintenance:
    • Keep positive evidence of sex (head or intact leg) on the turkey:
      • While in camp or field.
      • During transport to the possessor's domicile.
  • Identification Until:
    • Turkey is stored at the possessor’s domicile.
    • Turkey is divided at a cold storage facility and recognizable as food.

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