Discover Louisiana Hunting , the fall hunting promotion for new hunters, has been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25, announces Bryant Hammett, secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
“We’re encouraging both Louisiana residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, to experience recreational hunting for the first time,” said Hammett.
“Anyone who once hunted, and would like to try it again, can also participate.”
Program participants must obtain a DLH permit online through www.discoverlouisianahunting.com before Nov. 19.
To ensure a safe experience for DLH participants and fellow outdoorsmen, hunter education certification is required and participants must also partner with a licensed Louisiana resident hunter who will serve as a host hunter.
DLH permit applicants can begin using the on-line permit request system starting Sept. 1.
All interested participants who need to obtain hunter education certification are urged to sign up for a class in a location near their home town.
A list of courses around the state is available on the DLH Web site -- www.discoverlouisianahunting.com.
An on-line version of the course is available through the DLH Web site or a CD-ROM version can be obtained by calling the LDWF office nearest the participant. Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a hunter education class by Nov. 7.
Hunter education courses are free and certification obtained in another state will be accepted.
During the Discover Louisiana Hunting weekend, only quail, rabbit, squirrel and deer can be hunted by DLH-permitted hunters.
For daily bag and possession limits, and deer zone restrictions, refer to the 2007-08 Louisiana Hunting Season and WMA Regulations Booklet or go to www.discoverlouisianahunting.com and click on “Regulations.”
Any DLH-permitted deer hunter will also need to attach a possession tag to any harvested deer and complete a harvest card to be returned to LDWF following DLH weekend. Both documents are available on the DLH Web site.
To participate in DLH weekend, you must:
1. Partner with a licensed Louisiana resident hunter as a host hunter. You will need your host hunter?s LDWF ID # (as printed on his/her hunting license) to complete the DLH permit on-line registration.
2. Take a Hunter Education certification course by Nov. 7, 2007. You will need your Hunter Certification # (provided by your Hunter Education instructor) to complete the DLH permit on-line registration.
3. Obtain a Discover Louisiana Hunting permit via the DLH Web site by Nov. 19, 2007. (Click on "Register" above.)
4. Deer Hunters ONLY: Complete a Harvest Card and Possession Tags as required (see directions below).
The DLH permit offer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Once a participant utilizes the no-cost weekend hunting option, appropriate licenses and permits must be obtained for all future hunting trips in Louisiana.
Any interested participant without Internet access can call any of the following LDWF offices Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for permit application assistance:
•Alexandria: 1995 Shreveport Hwy., Pineville, LA 71360; ph. 318-487-5885.
•Baton Rouge: 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; ph. 225-765-2346
•Ferriday: 261 Wildlife & Fishery Road, Ferriday, LA 71334; ph. 318-757-4571.
•Grand Chenier: 5476 Grand Chenier Hwy., Grand Chenier, LA 70643; ph. 337-538-2276
•Lake Charles: 1213 North Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601; ph. 337-491-2575.
•Minden: 1401 Talton Street, Minden, LA 71055; ph. 318-371-3050
•Monroe: 368 Century Tel Drive, Monroe, LA 71203; ph. 318-343-4044.
•New Iberia: 2415 Darnall Road, New Iberia, LA 70560; ph. 337-373-0032•Opelousas: 5652 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570; ph. 337-948-0255.
Deer tagging instructions for DLH hunters:
•DLH hunters will tag both antlered bucks and antlerless deer with an L.D.W.F. Possession Tag prior to moving the carcass from the field.
•DLH hunters will also document the harvest on the L.D.W.F. Deer Tag Harvest Card.
•If hunting on DMAP/LADT lands, DLH hunters will tag antlerless deer with the DMAP/LADT tags provided by the program participant and will use an L.D.W.F. Possession Tag to tag an antlered buck; hunters will document the harvest on the DMAP/LADT data sheets and on their L.D.W.F.
•Deer Tag Harvest Card. At the end of the three days, DLH hunters must send their Deer Tag Harvest Card to: Deer Program, L.D.W.F., P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA, 70898.