2018-2019 LDWF Trapping Regulations - Flipbook - Page 2
The following animals are classified as furbearers: beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray
fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon and skunk.
The trapping season will open STATEWIDE on November 20, 2018, and will close
on March 31, 2019 (title 76.129). For trapping season on wildlife management
areas see the individual WMA schedules.
Trapper: No person shall set or run traps of any type to catch furbearers during
the open trapping season without a current trapping license. No person shall
sell pelts or carcasses of furbearers without a current trapping license. (This
includes bobcat, raccoon and/or opossum hunters selling pelts and/or meat.)
Every fur trapper must at all times have his current trapping license in possession while trapping or selling pelts or carcasses.
Fur Buyer: No person shall buy whole nongame quadrupeds for the purpose of
pelting, carcasses of furbearing animals, raw furs or skins from fur trappers, alligator hunters, alligator farmers, fur buyers or fur dealers and sell within the state
without a current fur buyer's license in his possession while conducting business.
Fur Dealer: No person shall buy whole nongame quadrupeds for the purpose of
pelting, carcasses of furbearing animals, raw furs or skins from fur trappers, alligator hunters, alligator farmers, fur buyers or fur dealers and ship or export these
furs or skins from the state without a current fur dealer's license in his possession
while conducting business.
Trapper (under 15 yrs. of age)
Trapper (15 yrs. of age or older)
Fur Dealer ($500 deposit required)
Fur Dealer ($1,000 deposit required)
Non-game Quadruped Breeder
Non-game Quadruped Exhibitor
Licensed trappers may hold in captivity live furbearers during the open trapping
season. Such animals must have been obtained by legal trapping methods. Such
animals must be released or pelted by the last day of the open trapping season (RS
For detailed information on furbearer regulations and trapping, contact a local
enforcement agent or one of the Coastal & Nongame Resources Division offices.
LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000 - Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 - (225-765-2811)
200 Dulles Dr. - Lafayette, LA 70506 - (337-735-8689)
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy. - Grand Chenier, LA 70643 - (337-538-2165)
METHODS OF TAKING FURBEARERS
All animals listed as furbearers may be taken only during the open trapping season and only by means of a trap or snare. Nutria may also be taken by licensed
trapper for fur and/or meat during the open season by the use of a rifle, only
between the hours of sunrise and sunset (RS 56.259).
On WMAs and private property, nutria may be taken recreationally by licensed
hunters from Sept. 1 - Feb. 28, during legal shooting hours by any legal hunting
method with a daily limit of five (5). EXCEPT nutria may be taken on Atchafalaya
Delta, Salvador/Timken, Pointe-Aux-Chenes and Pass-a-Loutre WMAs from Sept.
1 to March 31. When taken with a shotgun, non-toxic shot must be used. On
WMAs during waterfowl seasons, nutria may be taken only by the use of shotguns with shot not larger than F steel; during gun deer seasons on WMAs, anyone
taking nutria must display 400 square inches of “Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink”
and wear a “Hunter Orange or Blaze Pink” cap or hat. Recreational nutria hunters
must remove each nutria carcass in whole condition from the hunting area,
except that nutria may be gutted. Possession of detached nutria parts, including
nutria tails, by recreational hunters is illegal. Nutria harvested recreationally may
not be pelted nor may such nutria or any nutria parts from recreationally taken
nutria be sold, including the tail. Trespassing upon private property for the purpose of taking nutria or other fur bearing animals is punishable by fines and possible jail time (R.S. 56.265). The Coastwide Nutria Control Program is a separate
program and is in no way related to the nutria recreational season (title 76.123).
For questions on the Coastwide Nutria Control Program call the Lafayette Office
No trap, snare or other device used to capture furbearers shall be set more than one
day prior to the open trapping season. No traps shall remain set after the closing day
of the trapping season. All traps must be checked daily and all traps must be removed
from the trapping grounds the closing day of the trapping season (RS 56.260).
Any type of trap with permanent teeth or insert teeth is illegal and cannot be used
in Louisiana (RS 56.121.1).
Furbearers can be taken only with traps. Firearms are illegal except as provided for
to take nutria, coyote, bobcat, raccoon and opossum, which may be taken with
firearms as per provisions below.
The use of dogs to chase
or take furbearers is illeThe dark gray
gal except as provided
for when hunting racwhere bears are
coon, opossum, coyote,
foxes and bobcats. Dogs
may be used during the
taking of nutria between
the hours of sunrise and
sunset. The exceptions
are during deer season
where still hunting only
is allowed and during
turkey nesting season as
determined by the La.
Wildlife and Fisheries
The use of snares is not
recommended in areas
frequented by bears (see
map). Chances of accidental catches of non-target species can be reduced by referring to guidelines found on fishwildlife.org/?section=best_management_practices.
Enclosed traps for feral hogs are required to have a 22 inch x 22 inch opening in the
top to allow bears to escape (title 76.130). Any bait used to attract coyotes or hogs will
attract bears. If you catch a bear, please call 800-442-2511 for immediate assistance.
Pelting: No pelting during the closed trapping season shall be permitted at any time,
except with department authorization. The sale of carcasses of nongame quadrupeds
is prohibited during the closed trapping season, except with department authorization. These provisions do not apply to nongame quadrupeds raised on farms.
FOX, BOBCAT AND COYOTE
Foxes and bobcats may be run with dogs for “chase only” by licensed hunters. Foxes
can be taken only by trappers during the open trapping season (RS 56.140). A big game
licensee shall only take bobcat during the time period from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset with approved archery equipment, shotgun, primitive firearm or center firearm. A big game licensee shall not take more than one bobcat
per calendar year. This regulation applies only to property that is privately owned, state
WMAs, Kisatchie National Forest, and the Bayou des Ourses, Bonnet Carre, and Indian
Bayou tracts owned by the Corps of Engineers, but does not apply to state wildlife
refuges or other federally owned refuges and lands. On state WMAs the take of bobcat
is restricted to those open seasons on the WMAs which require the respective legal
weapons noted above (title 76.111). Bobcats cannot be pelted or sold without a trapping license. Holders of hunting licenses may take coyotes year round during legal
daylight shooting hours. The running of coyotes with dogs is prohibited in all turkey
hunting areas during the open turkey season. Coyote hunting is restricted to chase
only during still hunting segments of the firearm season for deer.
RACCOON & OPOSSUM HUNTING: NO CLOSED SEASON
Raccoon and opossum can be taken at night by one or more licensed hunters with
one or more dogs and one .22 rimfire rifle. A licensed hunter may take raccoon or
opossum with .22 rimfire or shotgun during daylight hours during the open rabbit
season. No bag limit for nighttime or daytime raccoon or opossum hunting during
the open trapping season except on certain WMAs as listed. The remainder of the
year, raccoon and opossum bag limit for daytime or nighttime is two per person per
day or night. No one who hunts raccoons or opossums as prescribed above shall
pelt or sell skins or carcasses of raccoons and opossums taken during the open
trapping season unless he is the holder of a valid trapper’s license which shall be
required in addition to his basic hunting license. Hunting from boats or motor
vehicles is prohibited (RS 56.116.1).
BOBCAT & RIVER OTTER: TAGGING REQUIREMENTS
To obtain federal approval to export bobcat and river otter outside the United
States, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to ensure
that only Louisiana trapped river otter and bobcat are tagged with Louisiana CITES
tags. To accomplish this, a special possession tag will be made available to fur buyers, fur dealers and trappers.
A blue tag for river otter and a red tag for bobcat must be filled out by the trapper
at the time the pelt is first sold. The information required includes trapper name,
trapper license number, parish caught in and date trapped. No bobcat or river otter
pelts shall be purchased from a trapper or be in the possession of a fur buyer or
dealer without a possession tag until they are submitted to the department in
exchange for CITES tags. Dealers shall not purchase bobcat or river otter pelts without an accompanying possession tag.
No bobcat or river otter pelt shall be shipped from the state without a CITES tag
attached. Dealers will obtain CITES tags for bobcat and river otter by providing the
department with one completed possession tag for each pelt to be shipped from
the state. It shall be illegal to falsify possession tags or attach Louisiana CITES tags
to out-of-state bobcat or river otter pelts. Once possession tags have been received
and counted by department personnel, CITES tags will be mailed immediately.
Trappers shipping bobcat or river otter out of state must provide completed possession tags to the department in order to receive CITES tags (title 76.129).
SHIPMENT OF RAW FURS OR ALLIGATOR SKINS
No fur trapper, alligator hunter or fur dealer shall transport or ship raw furs or
alligator skins out of the state without first obtaining an official out-of-state shipping tag from the department. No fur buyer may transport or ship raw fur or skins
out of the state except to a licensed non-resident fur dealer (RS 56.253).
Severance Tax: There is levied a severance tax on all skins or hides taken from any
furbearing animals or alligators, within the state, payable to the state through the
department by the fur trapper, alligator hunter, or alligator farmer shipping or taking his own catch out-of-state or by the dealer shipping skins or hides out-of-state
or tanning fur pelts or alligator skins in the state. A fur trapper, alligator hunter, or
alligator farmer must pay this tax at the time the fur or skin is transported or
shipped out-of-state. A fur dealer shipping or transporting fur pelts out-of-state or
tanning fur pelts within the state must pay this tax within ten days following the
department’s annual audit. A fur dealer shipping or transporting alligator skins outof-state or tanning alligator skins within the state must pay the severance tax at the
time of shipment or prior to tanning (RS 56.253-258).
The tax is as follows: beaver, bobcat, coyote, fox, muskrat, opossum, raccoon and
skunk, one cent (.01) on each pelt; nutria, two cents (.02) on each pelt; mink, ten cents
(.10) on each pelt; river otter and alligator, twenty-five cents (.25) on each pelt or skin.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS
Trapping: Self-clearing permit for trapping on a WMA is required. Other special
trapping exceptions are listed under respective WMA season schedules. All traps
must be run daily. Traps with teeth are illegal. Hunter orange or blaze pink is
required when a deer firearms season is in progress.
Raccoon Hunting (Experimental): Self-clearing permit for raccoon hunting on a
WMA is required. A licensed hunter may take raccoon or opossum, one per person,
during daylight hours only, during the open rabbit season on WMAs. No bag limit for
nighttime or daytime raccoon or opossum hunting during the open trapping season.
Requests for information on maps, permits and WMAs may be directed to any field
office or Coastal & Nongame Resources Division office:
9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, LA 71055
368 Century Link Drive, Monroe, LA 71203
1995 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360
1213 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
200 Dulles Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506
P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898
2021 Lake Shore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122
Lafayette Coastal & Non-game
200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
5476 Grand Chenier Hwy, Grand
Chenier, LA 70643
TRAPPERS & ALLIGATOR HUNTERS
When you purchase a $25 trapping or alligator hunting license, you are investing in
your future and the future of the Louisiana fur or alligator industry. Twenty dollars
of every trapping or alligator license are dedicated to a special fund (respectively).
Each of these funds is being used to achieve two major goals:
1. To provide for PUBLIC EDUCATION concerning the role of trapping and hunting in
wildlife management and the role of alligators as a sustainable natural resource.
2. To develop FUR MARKET STABILITY & ENHANCEMENT through promotion,
advertisement, and new product development, and to develop ALLIGATOR
MARKET STABILITY & ENHANCEMENT through disease and market research
and hide and meat promotion.
A nine-person council made up of trappers and land managers meets quarterly
with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure the wise use of
these funds. The Fur Advisory Council works to improve the future for fur resources, trappers, and the industry. For more information contact the Louisiana Fur
Advisory Council at 200 Dulles Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506.
A nine-person council made up of alligator hunters, farmers and land managers
meets quarterly with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure
the wise use of these funds. The Alligator Advisory Council works to improve the
future for alligator resources, alligator hunters and farmers and the industry. For
more information contact the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council at 200 Dulles Dr.,
Lafayette, LA 70506.
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF
WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
P.O. Box 98000
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
John Bel Edwards, Governor
Jack Montoucet, Secretary
Bryan McClinton, Undersecretary
Randy Myers, Assistant Secretary
Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary
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