The Creole Nature Trail habitat — known as Louisiana's Outback — ranks as one of the top waterfowl hunting environments in the nation. Outstanding variety and sheer quantity of birds provide hunters with a unique experience. Throughout the fall and winter, feathered visitors include snows, blues, and speckle belly geese as well as mallards, pintails and teal. Southwest Louisiana is also open for hunting deer, dove, rabbit, squirrel and turkey as well as hunting and trapping beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, river otter, red fox, and raccoon, when in season.
The National Wildlife Refuges — Sabine, Cameron-Prairie and Lacassine — follow the rules and licensing standards that apply to all National Wildlife Refuges. Consult the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website for details about permissible weapons, seasons and special licensing requirements.
Hunting guides are available and can arrange for hunting in the marsh or in rice, soybean or plowed fields. See below for a current list of list of local hunting guides and service.
Do I need a license to hunt in Southwest Louisiana?
Yes, residents and nonresidents are required to obtain a Basic Hunting License as well as Special License.Read More
Do I need a trapping license in Southwest Louisiana?
Yes. Residents and nonresidents must have a current trapping license to set or run traps of any type to catch furbearers during the open trapping season.Read More
What are the hunting seasons in Louisiana?
Migratory Game Birds Hunting Season Quick Reference:
Teal season: September 10-25
Regular Duck season (West Zone): November 12 - December 4, December 17 - January 1, and January 9-29. Youth and veterans only: November 5-6Read More
Can you hunt on public land in Louisiana?
Several federal agencies manage hundreds of thousands of public lands in Louisiana. Like state-owned public lands, these areas offer prime hunting, fishing, bird-watching, and other recreational opportunities. Note that licenses and permits are required for many activities on federal lands.Read More
What can be hunted year round in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, there are only three animals you can hunt all year round: coyotes, feral hogs and raccoons.