Louisiana Deer News

Port Allen Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations February 2, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
... Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Monson may also face civil restitution for the 12 point deer totaling $2033.29...

Louisiana Operation Game Thief nets 72 arrests in 2015 February 1, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
...  paid out $16,800 in cash rewards in 2015 for information leading to arrests for violations of fishing and hunting regulations...

Parts of Area 9 in Atchafalaya Basin to reopen for deer hunters Saturday January 29, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Deer season will reopen in parts of Deer Area 9 in the Atchafalaya Basin on Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Atchafalaya River gauge at Butte La Rose falls below 18 feet ...

Men busted buying, selling deer meat, LDWF says January 27, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... Illegally selling or purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail... 

... When the Mississippi River gets as high as it has in recent weeks, white-tailed deer get forced out of the woods along the batture, and group up in large herds on any ridges they can find. When that occurs, they can become sitting ducks for poachers...

Man shoots five deer too many, LDWF says January 20, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... discovered a freshly killed antlered deer without a tag ... buck harvest for the year to nine, according to the department. Hunters are allowed six deer, only three of which may be bucks ...

... "Even if the affected animals are fortunate to survive the initial flooding, all the vegetation they will need to survive is now underwater and destroyed," ... "If a deer sees a vehicle within 400 or 500 yards, it turns around and goes back to the water," ...

Mother nature is messing with us January 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  Last year, according to LDWF, the deer kill was lower than ever.  I suspect this year it will not look any better. November is the peak month for deer harvest in Area 2, but the reports I received indicates it was pretty slow...

Rising waters close deer hunting south of I-10 January 10, 2016 Louisiana, KATC 3
... As the flood gauge at Butte La Rose reached 18 feet Saturday ... closed deer hunting in an area of the Atchafalaya Basin ...

... Visitors of the Mall of Louisiana had quite the 'oh deer' moment Sunday afternoon. In a video taken by Leo Honeycutt at about 3:30, a large deer is seen romping through the parking lot outside of Dillards ...

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries detail dangers to wildlife if Morganza Spillway opens January 9, 2016 Louisiana, Acadiana's Multi-Media News klfy.com
... When the Morganza opens, the species most affected will be the White Tailed Deer ... A list of areas impacted by the vote can be found HERE ...

Hunting seasons dates announced January 9, 2016 Louisiana, The Advocate 
... For deer hunters, there will be bucks-only limitations and either-sex hunting built into certain archery and modern firearms seasons...

... Deer hunting season in areas of northeast and central Louisiana near the Mississippi River resumes Saturday ...

Department proposes hunting regulation changes for 2016 January 8, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
...  the department would like to create a new deer-hunting zone contained within the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin...  having it as a unique zone would allow for more seamless closures during years like this one when rising waters force deer to herd up on high ground...

...  if the Morganza Spillway is opened to divert flood water from the swollen Mississippi River ... land in and around the Bonnet Carre Spillway also would close to deer hunting ...

Possible deer hunting closure due to high water in Basin January 6, 2016 Louisiana, Fox 8 WVUE-TV 
...  would close deer hunting in portions of Iberia, Iberville, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes ...

... it seems the high deer numbers of the ’70s and ’80s have declined to the point that hunters are now crying about not seeing any deer, so hunters ... have also gone back to the days of not shooting does in hopes of increasing deer numbers...

Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says January 1, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... will only last a week, with the exception of batture land that will remain closed until further notice ... would provide protection for deer as the animals moved from inside the levees to adjacent land outside the batture...

...  the deer's normal habitat is being displaced and which forces them to cross the levee and take refuge.  "The deer become more vulnerable ... potential over-harvest...

... because of the rising Mississippi River  ... “What you’re dealing with is a lot of big-money clubs, and they don’t want people running around shooting ‘their’ deer ... When (deer) leave their property and get on the other side of the levee, they don't want ‘their’ deer being shot.” ...

Most of deer-hunting closure to last just one week, the LDWF says December 29, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the week-long closure would provide protection for deer as the animals moved from inside the levees to adjacent land outside the batture... LDWF officials have said the closure was to prevent over-harvest of deer crossing the levees as the Mississippi River spilled out of its banks to flood the batture ...

Winnsboro men cited with deer-hunting violations December 29, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman 
... several deer-hunting violations, including hunting at night ...  shooting from a public road ...

LDWF closes deer hunting in northeast December 28, 2015 Louisiana, Shreveport Time
... in a portion of northeast and central Louisiana because of flooding from the Mississippi River...

Whitetail Game Law Violation Fines Increase Petition December 23, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Bowhunter
... Please sign this petition ... We the concerned citizens of Louisiana petition to have whitetail deer related game law violation fines increased with automatic additional hunting privilege suspension for 1 year upon conviction of first offense, and increasing there after up to a statewide, lifetime ban on all hunting and fishing activities...

Agents bust seven men for shooting deer at night says December 14, 2015 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... Calls from witnesses alerted agents ...  in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes ...  hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer from a public road and taking deer during illegal hours...

Facebook post lands hunter in hot water December 12, 2015 Louisiana, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... a photo of a deer on Facebook which prompted anonymous tips ... had harvested the six-point buck without proper hunting licenses and without deer tags...

New WMA likely on Kisatchie National Forest December 6, 2015 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... The Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve, currently contained within the Catahoula and Winn Ranger Districts, could soon become a state-managed wildlife management area ...

Louisiana hunters who report their deer will get rewarded December 2, 2015 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has tried slapping hunters who fail to report harvested deer with heavy fines ... Since the stick hasn't worked, the department will now try a carrot...

Poacher stored deer heads in bed of pickup, agents say November 30, 2015 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... When they went to his residence to investigate, they discovered four antlered deer heads in the bed of Adair's truck ... 

La. hunters who validate their deer may win a prize November 29, 2015 Louisiana, Daily Comet 
... Each validated tag equates to an entry in the drawing... “We're encouraging deer hunters to supply the vital information we need to manage the state's deer population,” ...
     Attention, deer hunters: You can win a rifle package November 29, 2015 Louisiana, The Daily Iberian
... The grand prize, provided by Bowie Outfitters, will be the winner’s choice of a Remington 700 or Thompson Center breech loading rifle in his or choice of caliber, with a scope and case to go with it...

Delhi man charged with deer hunting violations November 13, 2015 Louisiana, KNOE.com
... LDWF agents responded to a complaint of two bucks dumped beside a box deer stand on private property in northern Franklin Parish. The deer’s heads and back straps were removed...

Hunters, deer-tracking dogs unite via Facebook November 11, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... The Louisiana Blood Trailing Network(Facebook Page) is a grassroots group of volunteer dog handlers who make themselves and their dogs available — free of charge — to try to locate lost deer across the state. “We just reached out on Facebook and started with a few people earlier this summer,” ...

... The drop-off is particularly surprising when considering what has happened in Mississippi over the same time period... the Magnolia State has seen a steady increase ... Scott Durham ... has talked frequently about how subdivision of Louisiana's large wooded tracts has negatively impacted the state's herd...

Why the rut ups your odds of success November 1, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Most of the deer herds in the northwest, central and southwest parishes of the state have early breeding deer...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Louisiana October 21, 2015 Louisiana, Game & Fish
... Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) ... Native oaks, cypress, ash, gum, and pecan trees have been planted in hopes of restoring the bottomland hardwood and swamp forests that support deer and other wildlife. Archery hunters on Lake Ophelia NWR have placed four deer in the record books ...

Debunking the spike rule when deer hunting October 21, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... “Once a spike, always a spike” is one of deer-hunting’s oldest and most-incorrect beliefs... that late buck fawn finds itself entering its first winter at perhaps five months of age, which puts it far behind older buck fawns coming out of winter in March ... 

Abbeville man with no hunting license cited for killing legendary deer October 20, 2015 Louisiana, Acadiana's Multi-Media News klfy.com 
...  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes... Toupes Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation ...
     Huge 18-point deer may miss Louisiana record books October 19, 2015 Shreveport Times
... A massive deer that could end up being one of the top five all-time deer harvested with a bow in Louisiana ...  the “legendary deer” had been sighted on game cameras ...

Deer and the drought October 18, 2015 Louisiana, KTBS
... The drought has essentially lasted 3 months and while that may not initially effect the numbers of deer.  The overall size of the deer may be affected... With these drought conditions affecting the forage availability deer will have to move around more to find available forage ...

Reporting deer harvest critically important October 9, 2015 Louisiana, Bastrop Daily Enterprise
... we depend heavily on deer hunters to report accurately on the deer they kill. If we have real declines in any area of the state, we would consider any measure to make sure we protect our resource ...  in north Louisiana, we have deer running out our ears ...

Louisiana's hunting rules have changed a lot since WWII October 6, 2015 NOLA.com
... Deer hunters in 1940-41 could target bucks only from Nov. 15 through Jan. 1. The season limit was two per hunter, and killing does or fawns at anytime was illegal. Also against the law was hunting deer from a camp for more than three days per week...

Man busted baiting deer, littering on public land, LDWF says September 29, 2015 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune 
... Baiting deer is legal in Louisiana everywhere except on public land... department agents began noticing bait in a certain area on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, and also found empty corn bags ...

Family has fun raising white tail deer on farm in Iberia September 21, 2015 Louisiana, Washington Times
... Raising deer has proven to be a much more difficult task than she anticipated, Lipari said. The hardest thing has been making it through the heat of the summer because deer have no way of cooling their body temperatures...

... State Farm says Louisiana ranks 41st nationally in deer collisions, with the odds at 1 in 335 of hitting a deer...

Deer hunting days up, but take down September 3, 2015 Louisiana, The Advocate
... Deer numbers ... down last year.  State Deer Study leader Scott Durham can explain the decline, but there’s no single-fit, statewide reason other than the explosion of feral hogs across the state’s landscape... We have reports of HD2V, and a disease like this can reduce a deer herd, maybe up to 25-50 percent ...

Louisiana Deer Forecast for 2015 September 1, 2015 Game & Fish
... Thus far in the year we have had good spring rains that have plumped up our vegetation. Lush healthy vegetation are now ripe for browsing by does during the fawning season ...

The 2015 Rut Report September 1, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
 ...  there is much variation in the breeding dates, even within individual parishes, due to the restocking that was done in the’ 50s and ’60s around the state ...

2015-16 WMA [Wildlife Management Area] Forecast September 1, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the documented deer harvest total on WMAs in 2014-15 was 3,568 bucks and 2,554 does... one deer per 181 acres ... The 10-year average for all WMAs is one deer per 193 acres...

Science vs. opinion August 31, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist admitted his agency is considering shorter deer seasons and more-conservative limits because the mandatory season, which the vast majority of hunters have ignored, indicate lower deer numbers. The announcement led to hunters on Facebook opining everything from calls to leave the seasons alone to laying the blame on the biologists ...

... only 20 to 30 percent of the deer harvested in the state last season had the tags validated ... failing to tag a deer is a Class 3 violation which has a $250 to $500 fine with up to 90 days in jail. An unvalidated tag violation is a Class 2 offense, carrying a $100 to $350 fine with up to 60 days in jail...


... LDWF agents were contacted around 11:45 p.m. on August 18 after a deputy with by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office saw two deer in the back of a truck. The vehicle had been pulled over for a moving violation at the intersection of Hwy 1024 and 16 in Watson..

Gun hunting kills majority of deer August 19, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  131,300 of the 139,900 deer (94 percent) killed last season were taken by some form of firearm...

Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF August 18, 2015 Louisiana Sportsman
... One of the main factors Durham said is a primary driver in the crash of the deer population is loss of habitat as rural areas have been either opened for farming or eaten up by urban development.  The end result is fewer forested acres in the state — and it’s those forests that support deer herds...

Hogs a major problem for deer hunting August 18, 2015 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman ·
... “Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation,” ...

Montgomery men face multiple charges in deer death August 18, 2015 Louisiana, The TownTalk
... Two Montgomery men are facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting a nine-point buck last week, which they then left in a field ...

Numbers show most Louisiana hunters don't report their deer August 17, 2015 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... During the most-recent deer season, only 65,081 deer were reported by hunters, which is fewer than half the department's estimated statewide harvest of 139,900...   must still rely on antiquated mail-survey data with low participation rates to make estimates about the health of the state's herd  ... more than 273,000 sets of deer tags for the 2014-15 season.

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Louisiana Data: An estimated minimum of 500,000 deer in 2014, about the same in 2015.  The deer harvest fell by 16% in 2014, although an increase was expected due to better weather, and the harvest is expected to be about the same in 2015.  The explosion of feral hogs that complete for food and push deer out of some areas is thought to be the main cause..  The outbreak of  Hemorrhagic Disease in 2012-13 reduced the herd significantly in some areas and there have also been reports of the disease in 2015.  Some hunting areas were changed to reduce hunting pressure.  The population has been declining since about 2000.  State wildlife officials estimated 500,000 to 750,000 deer in the state in 2011, drought and high temperatures reduced the herd that year and 2010. Coyotes have also reduced the herd.  In 2014, 273,541 hunters took 139,900 deer. High deer population in the north.
     Populations in the southeast were severely impacted by high water from Hurricane Isaac in 2012 with 90 percent fawn mortality in some areas.   Rain and a good acorn crop in 2013, but the population has been on the decline since about 2007, falling by about 20 percent. Hunting Statistics  LDFW has changed some deer hunting regulations to support herd growth.  Although the harvest was up in 2014, the increase may be attributable to a poor mast crop (acorns and other) that forced the deer out into the open more.  Rainfall has been lower than average for about a decade, reducing foliage and contributing to the decline of the herd.  Estimated 1989 population:  650,000.  Graphic from LDFW 2014 report, click to enlarge.

Report Poaching: Tips can be made anonymously through a toll-free hotline — 1-800-442-2511.

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Deer Management Objectives:
Each WMA (Wildlife Management Area in the state) has a federal-aid management plan developed by Region biologists and deer are important features of most of these plans. Managed deer hunts are held each year to allow the harvest of surplus deer and prevent habitat damage resulting from overbrowsing. Biological data collected from harvested deer provide a basis for assessment of population health. Seasons are generally shorter on public lands than on private lands because WMAs receive higher hunter use over a shorter period of time than private lands. The Forestry Section of the Wildlife Division has developed a forest management plan for each WMA to insure proper management of the forested habitat. These plans in combination with deer browse surveys are used to assess current and predict future deer habitat conditions.