Turkey Hunting Schedules

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Louisiana Turkey Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

2024 National Wildlife Refuge Schedules

Contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for information regarding NWR hunts:

  • Bayou Cocodrie NWR: - March 29-31 (Youth Lottery Only)
  • Lake Ophelia NWR: - March 30 (Youth Lottery Only) and April 6-21
  • Tensas NWR: - - March 29-31 (Youth Only) and April 6-14
  • Upper Ouachita NWR: - March 30 (Youth Lottery Only)

2024 Turkey Area Schedules

Area A: - April 6 - May 5*

Area B: - April 6-28*

Area C: - April 6-21*

Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt (restricted to youth and wheelchair confined physically challenged hunters - Areas A, B and C on private land only): March 29-31

*Seasons Open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only. See separate WMA Schedules, National Wildlife Refuge Schedules, and Federal Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.

Turkey Hunting Areas Explained

Fully Open Parishes for Turkey Hunting Area A

Turkey hunters have full access to pursue their game across a wide range of parishes in Area A. These parishes, without restrictions, include 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, and Winn.

Partially Open Parishes in Area A with Specific Boundaries

For some parishes in Area A, turkey hunting is permitted only in designated sections, as outlined below:

  • Allen Parish: Legal hunting grounds are located north of US 190, east of Kinder, and west of the US 165, to the south of Kinder.
  • Calcasieu Parish: The northern part above I-10 is designated for turkey hunting.
  • Caldwell Parish: Hunters can operate west of the Ouachita River, extending south to the Catahoula Parish line.
  • Catahoula Parish: Open areas include the territory south and west of the Ouachita River from the Caldwell Parish line southward to LA 8 at Harrisonburg, the region north and west of LA 8 extending to the LaSalle Parish line, and parts east of LA 15.
  • Evangeline Parish: The region north and west of LA 115, north of LA 106 (west of LA 115) up to US 167, west of US 167 (south to LA 10), north of LA 10 (west of US 167) up to LA 13, and areas west of LA 13 (south of LA 10) to Mamou are available for hunting. Additionally, north of LA 104 west of Mamou is open.
  • Jefferson Davis Parish: Open territories include the area north of US 190 from the junction with LA 26 to Kinder, regions west of US 165, and the northern portion above I-10 (west from the junction of US 165).
  • Morehouse Parish: Permissible hunting areas are west of US 165 from the Arkansas line to the junction of LA 140 at Bonita, north and west of LA 140 to the junction of LA 830-4 (Cooper Lake Road), west of LA 830-4 to US 165 in Bastrop, south of US 165 to the junction of LA 3051 (Grabault Road), south of LA 3051 to LA 138, west of LA 138 to its junction with LA 134, and north of LA 134 up to the Ouachita Parish line.
  • Ouachita Parish: Hunters have access west of the Ouachita River and in the region east of the Ouachita River lying north of US 80.
  • Rapides Parish: Open for turkey hunting are all parts west of the Red River and areas north of LA 28, stretching from Pineville, LA to the east, up to the LaSalle Parish line.

Full Access to Turkey Hunting in Area B Parishes

Hunters interested in turkey hunting within Area B have unrestricted access in three specific parishes. The parishes where turkey hunting is fully permitted include Caddo, DeSoto, and Red River. These areas provide open opportunities for hunters to engage in the sport without any geographical limitations within the mentioned parishes. It is advised to fully adhere to the hunting regulations prescribed for these regions to ensure a lawful hunting experience.

Fully Open Parishes for Turkey Hunting in Area C

Hunters in Area C have the green light to freely partake in turkey hunting across multiple parishes. These unrestricted parishes include Ascension, Concordia, Franklin, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Tensas, and West Baton Rouge. Hunters can explore these parishes in their entirety without concern for designated boundaries.

Specific Portions of Parishes Open for Turkey Hunting

The rules for turkey hunting become more specific within certain parishes of Area C, as follows:

  • Avoyelles Parish: Turkey hunting is confined to areas east of the Atchafalaya River, north of Red River up to the Brouillette Community, west of LA 452 from Brouillette to LA 1, and south of LA 1 towards Hamburg, leading southward by the west Atchafalaya Basin protection levee.

  • Caldwell Parish: Only the sections east of the Ouachita River are open for turkey hunting.

  • Catahoula Parish: The entire parish is open except for the areas designated as part of Area A.

  • Iberia Parish: The open region for turkey hunting is situated east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee.

  • Madison Parish: Legal hunting areas include the region east of US 65 from the East Carroll Parish line to US 80 and south of US 80. Lands east of the main channel of the Mississippi River are also open.

  • Richland Parish: The western boundary of the open hunting zone is marked by LA 17 from the Franklin Parish line to Ringle Rd. The southern bounds are set by Ringle Rd. to Ferguson Rd., to Little Rd., leading to Big Creek. East of Big Creek to the Franklin Parish line is open, along with the area south of US 80 and east of LA 17.

  • St. Landry Parish: This parish has a designated hunting area bound by the west Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee on the west and by the Atchafalaya River on the east.

  • Upper St. Martin Parish: Open for hunting are all lands within the Atchafalaya Basin, and an area outlined north by LA 352, west by LA 349 up to LA 3039 to LA 347, leading to the Catahoula Hwy. (LA 96), then to LA 679, and LA 345, with the southern boundary set by LA 3242.

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