New youth hunting license for the coming seasons | Sports

The cat is out of the bag for the 2022-2023 hunting seasons, and with it the biggest change for young hunters in our state’s hunting history.

For years, kids 15 and under didn’t need a permit to venture into woods, fields, swamps and marshes.

But, on July 1, hunters 17 and under will be required to have a “valid and original youth (hunting) license” to pull the trigger or drop a bow on the dozen or more species allowed to be captured in Louisiana.

This is a $ 5 license and results from the new recreational and commercial license fees adopted by the state legislature in 2021. The license will come with tags for deer and turkey, and the new regulations will apply to trapping and eligibility for juvenile lottery hunts in up to 12 Wildlife Management Areas in the next season.

Young fishermen will not have the same price. They will be able to practice their sport without a license. Better yet, the legislature ultimately established a non-resident Aboriginal son / daughter fishing license to accompany the long-established hunting license covering the same people.

This new license lasts 10 days and will cost $ 17 each for basic and saltwater licenses. There is also a new $ 5 “bank” license that covers fishing and crabbing.

Another big change is coming for deer and turkey hunters (for the 2023 season). The new regulations allow hunters to use electronic tags to record deer and turkeys captured in the field. Paper tags will be available, but this move will give hunters the freedom to find a supplier for these paper tags.

The proposal said the move “would allow hunters to have either a photo of their tags or electronic tags while hunting to be legal” for the deer and turkey seasons.

Most of the other changes for the coming season have come from adding or removing seasons to the system of large wildlife management areas and fisheries.

A good thing is that after years of changes, there doesn’t appear to be any change in season dates or bag limits on federal lands in the state.

Additionally, other than calendar dates, there appears to be no change in resident game structures, not in migratory bird and waterfowl seasons.

Here is an abbreviated list of the state changes for managers in the WMA Wildlife Division proposed at Thursday’s meeting of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission:

  • Addition of 15 days to the archery season for deer on the WMA of Tunica Hills;
  • Establish a limited use area on Bodcau WMA to provide a safety zone around the Bodcau shooting range;
  • Addition of a day for deer hunting of both sexes with primitive firearms on Camp Beauregard WMA, and a day of lottery turkey hunting for young people on Clear Creek WMA;
  • Changing deer hunting days for both sexes and primitive firearms to silver hunts in Maurepas Swamp and Joyce’s WMAs;
  • Elimination of the seven-day deer gun season on the WMA Potato due to “… concerns about declining deer populations”.
  • Prohibit fishing, crab and net fishing or any other activity or intrusion on the water regulation structures on the AGR Pointe-Aux-Chênes;
  • Require a permit for campers on WMAs.

Full season changes and proposed regulations can be found on the Wildlife and Fisheries website:

Anyone concerned can make public comments until 4 p.m. March 3 at Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA. 70898-9000 or by e-mail: [email protected]

Public comments will be gathered at the Fisheries and Wildlife Commission meetings on February 3 and March 3 in Baton Rouge.

LDWF officials are to hold public meetings about the seasons and the rules. With the continued spread of COVID, these public meetings will likely be held via Zoom. The announcement will come at the committee’s February meeting.


The latest tally from our state’s LA Creel monitoring system is that recreational fishermen caught 813,386 pounds of red snapper through December 26. This represents 99% of the 816,439 pound allotment of 2021. The season ended on December 31st.

First tournament

Ryan lavigne announced the first major bass tournament of the year in southern Louisiana on February 5. This is the annual Pick-your-Partner Fishing for Tucker event scheduled for Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville.

The sponsor, Ascension Area Anglers, set an entrance fee of $ 100, the proceeds of which were donated to the family of Tucker Townsend, a youth battling a mitochondrial disorder.

Lavigne said fishermen should stay north of US 90 and understand the open waters of the Atchafalaya and Verret Basins.

You can call Lavigne at (225) 921-9332 or visit the tournament website:

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