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Last Modified: September 16, 2013Hunting

The population of whitetail deer is so large in northwest Louisiana that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries issues hunting permits to maintain the deer at manageable levels in order to protect them and the environment. Managed deer hunts are conduced periodically on the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ 1.4 million acres of managed wildlife land and this is one reason why hunting for deer, turkeys, quail and rabbits requires a hunting license. People who hunt migratory game birds like mourning doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, rails, snipe, coots or gallinules in Louisiana must also be certified under Louisiana’s Harvest Information Program in addition to being licensed so that the state can develop better harvest estimates, season dates and regulations.  

Opportunities for hunting abound all around Shreveport-Bossier City

Hunting for wild ducks in northwest Louisiana can be very productive because Louisiana is located in the center of the Mississippi Flyway and large flocks of wild ducks migrate to the region each year to feed, breed and rest from November through February. Louisiana is the second most popular state in America for duck hunting. The 4,211-acre Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area near Shreveport is known to be an excellent location for hunting whitetail deer and elk, and the Kisatchie Forest overflows with deer and quail during the hunting season. In July 2008, the Shreveport Convention Center hosted an enormously successful Hunter’s Expo at which more than 90 manufacturers and retailers of hunting equipment demonstrated their products and services to approximately 15,000 attendees. It was a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more about responsible hunting, to see many new accessories designed for hunters and to network with other people who are interested in hunting. Undoubtedly the Expo will be held again and again because so many people in the area enjoy hunting.   Please also check out this excellent hunting and outdoor survival guide.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries can be reached by toll-free phone number at (888) 765-2602 or in Shreveport-Bossier City/Minden at (318) 371-3050. Information about hunting licenses and other regulations can be found online at www.wlf.state.la.us.