Louisiana Deer Population:  An estimated 500,000 deer in 2014 through 2016, down from about 625,000 in 2011.  The population has been on a downward trend since 2007.  An estimated 650,000 in 1989.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Louisiana deer harvest data and news archive.

Louisiana Deer News

Chronic Wasting in deer population November 13, Louisiana, KTBS
... Kate Hasapes Biologist La. Dept. Of Wildlife and Fisheries says "The scary thing with Chronic Wasting Disease is that it is similar to Mad Cow in the way that affects deer but with Mad Cow is primarily found in the brain and the spinal column while Chronic Wasting Disease is found throughout the entire deer....  testing for the disease is fully under way in Louisiana with no diagnosed cases to date ...

Beating a dead horse November 6, 2016 Louisiana, The Times and Democrat
... When coyotes first invaded the state at the turn of the century, many experts, including DNR, predicted they would have minimal impact on turkey and deer populations. To its credit, DNR finally admitted it was wrong.  The public stance now is that coyote predation is such a drain on deer populations that hunters must now take less deer...

NOLA.com
... Hunting deer is illegal in Orleans Parish, and hunting deer at night is illegal everywhere in the state. ... two men hunting deer after dark ...

... The $750,000 total offering will support forestland restoration and working forests throughout the piney woods on the Louisiana-Texas border.  ... “Bobwhite quail, the Eastern wild turkey, white tail deer and a whole host of migratory birds will benefit from this effort.” ... 

Louisiana Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... a restocking program that, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began in 1949 and ended in 1969.  Current estimates suggest that nearly 500,000 deer are found in Louisiana today, which is a significant improvement considering that an estimated 20,000 animals were present in the mid 1920s...

Deer populations unsustainable with CWD, study shows September 23, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... A team of researchers, led by Ph.D. graduate student David Edmunds, studied deer populations in a region of Wyoming that has been impacted by chronic wasting disease ... discovered, however, is that CWD caused a 10.4 percent annual decline in the region's deer herd...

Hunting outlook promising for squirrels and deer September 14, 2016 Louisiana, Bastrop Daily Enterprise
... “The wet year we’ve had so far should be good for deer hunters. Not only will deer have access to a good crop of acorns but the plenteous moisture has kept the vegetation green, palatable and more nutritious than when conditions are dry,” ... 

A new crop of wildlife, a new hunting season September 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Northwest Louisiana continues to lead the state in deer harvest numbers, and the season structure of every day being a doe day remains in effect. The buck limit was reduced years ago in an effort to increase the state herd’s adult buck age structure, and this seems to be working...

Commission softens, delays deer-importation ban September 2, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... The proposed regulation is designed to keep a malady fatal to deer out of Louisiana [chronic wasting disease] ... Courville told his fellow commissioners that as the law was written, it would have been impossible for Louisiana hunters who travel to Texas to be legal...

Deer, oysters top wildlife commission meeting September 1, 2016 Lousiana, The Advocate
... the “Cervid Carcass Ban Notice” was slated to become rule some time during the deer hunting season... the amendment put a March 1, 2017, effective day for any new rule covering the importation ban...

... Deer in areas around Baton Rouge and in the Atchafalaya Basin ,,, breed much later in the rutting season than others... Long-retired Wildlife and Fisheries’ biologists reasoned years ago the deer along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers adopted this timetable so their young-of-the-year would be born after the threats of spring floods from these two giant rivers...

State's efforts to fight CWD in deer August 28, 2016 Louisiana, American Press
... has not been found in Louisiana but has been discovered in the bordering states of Texas and Arkansas. During a 10-year period the LDWF has checked more than 7,000 deer ... An importation ban on carcasses of animals of the Cervidae family (white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer) harvested out of state has been proposed ...

... "In the bottomland hardwoods, most of the deer breeding occurs in December and January. In that area, we typically see lactation rates in the 60s. For that to drop into the 40s, that's eye-opening." ... Certainly predation is a consideration, but when you see a 30-point drop from one year to the next, that doesn't indicate predation ... disease could be the chief culprit ...

Study finds only 30 percent of fawns survive predators August 23, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... "If you live in the woods, your chances of predation are pretty low. If you live in or around a field edge, your chances of predation are pretty high." That would seem to be counterintuitive, but Bordelon said the thick growth along field edges and in young forested areas attracts rodents, which are like candy for predators...

...  the state's proposal to ban all deer and other cervid carcasses from entering the Bayou State. ... "We're gonna lose a lot of money; it's going devastate our ranch and our business," said Dale Sharp, manager of Plug Nickle Ranch in Menard, Texas... 

... you will not be able to “quarter” a deer and bring it back, and it will be illegal to return from an out-of-state hunt with a trophy to have mounted in Louisiana... an animal afflicted with CWD carries the disease in its brain ...

Louisiana's deer harvest sees a rebound August 19, 2016 The Times-Picayune
... The department estimates that overall, Louisiana's hunters took 156,000 deer during the 2015-16 season. That's a nice rebound from the previous season's take of 140,000 deer
, but it's significantly below harvest levels from 1990 through 2003. Every year during that time period, hunters took more than 200,000 deer... The 2009, 2011 and 2012 droughts could still be impacting deer populations ...

Deer success down on Louisiana's WMAs August 18, 2016 The Times-Picayune
... Success during 2015 managed either-sex hunts on WMAs was the worst of the last decade. Overall, it took 17.4 hunter efforts to produce each deer. The worst season of the previous decade, 2009, required only 10.6 efforts per deer... In all, hunters scored 1,332 deer during managed hunts on the state's WMA ...

... Rescuers are encouraged to contact the LDWF if they spot a displaced fawn so officers can investigate the situation and determine if the animal needs help... Louisiana residents and rescuers can contact LDFW about animal sightings, here...

Louisiana releases top-20 parishes for deer productivity August 18, 2016 NOLA.com
... Most of the parishes listed in the top 20 for productivity are located in North, Central or West Louisiana...

Public opinion sought on deer-importation ban August 10, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... keep hunters from bringing into the state caped deer heads that they plan to have mounted, as well as other deer parts. The move is designed to limit the state's exposure to chronic wasting disease... six public meetings ...

Judge hits deer poachers with nearly $40,000 in fines August 2, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... ordered two men to pay a total of $38,776 for going on a deer-killing spree earlier this year... The two men would drive around at night on public roads looking for deer to shoot...

... have checked 7,000-plus deer and have not discovered it. We are being proactive because it's in our neighboring states (Texas and Arkansas) and its close enough that we need to be on guard.''... An importation ban on carcasses of cervids harvested out-of-state was proposed [PDF] ...

LWF Commission mulling ban on out-of-state deer carcasses July 11, 2016 Louisiana,  Louisiana Sportsman
... The measure is being considered as  means to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state’s deer herd ...  It persists in the environment. So once you have it, it’s never going to go away... White-tailed deer in Texas and Arkansas have tested positive for the disease ...

Kill a trophy buck? You may have to leave it out of state July 8, 2016 Louisiana, The Times-Picayune
... a proposal that would make it illegal for hunters to transport certain deer parts into Louisiana. That would include the brain and spinal column, which many hunters leave on bucks they intend to bring to taxidermists for mounting... designed to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into the state ...
     Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts NOI to Establish Rules, Regulations for Importation of Cervid Carcasses July 7, 2016 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - Louisiana.gov
... this regulation would be an additional effort aimed at preventing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ... o view the full notice of intent, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

2016-17 Louisiana Hunting Regulations  Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
... Major Changes for 2016-2017 Hunting Regulations ... Incorporation of former Deer Area 5 into Deer Area 1 and the creation of a new Deer Area 5 within the levee protection system of the Atchafalaya Basin... Implementation of mandatory hunter check-in for either-sex firearms deer hunts on several WMAs, including Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Big Lake, Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre, Richard K. Yancey, Russell Sage, and Sherburne... Modification of allowable weapons to be carried for protection purposes on WMAs...

Stray dog protects American Rose Center gardens June 7, 2016 Louisiana, KSLA-TV
... Rosie is a stray [border collie] who showed up at the gardens a few years ago, and she has taken it upon herself to protect the gardens. The working dog may look timid, but she has corralled deer and shooed away various wildlife over the past few years from eating the precious plants...

Suit challenges ban on hunting deer with dogs May 21, 2016 Louisiana, Amarillo Globe-News
... The Louisiana Sportsmen Alliance is asking a judge to block the U.S. Forest Service from enforcing its ban on dog-deer hunting in central Louisiana’s 600,000-acre Kisatchie National Forest... 

...  many wildlife professionals recommend there should be five to 10 acres of permanent natural clearings for every 100 acres of timberland  — and they don’t mean just one five-or one 10-acre clearing.  The individual clearings should each range from one to a maximum of three acres in size...

 ... claims the U.S. Forest Service ... arbitrarily tramples on the state’s “cultural fabric” by eliminating a tradition that dates back to colonial times...

The tale of the tape for the 2015-16 deer season May 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... Most hunters would rate the 2015-16 deer season as one to forget. Warm temperatures and an abundant mast crop made for poor deer activity and hunter success ...

Louisiana hunters can wear 'blaze pink' under new law May 9, 2016 NOLA.com
... Act 7 allows people to wear blaze pink in addition to hunter orange during the open gun hunting season...

...The Louisiana Legislature enthusiastically sent House Bill 179 to Edwards desk Monday (April 25). It would allow people to wear "blaze pink" in addition to "hunter orange" during the open gun hunting season...

LDWF monitoring for CWD in state’s white-tailed deer population April 8, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
...  the disease has already entered both Texas and Arkansas, and the state has developed a plan in the event it eventually is found here.  “We’ve been monitoring for CWD statewide for more than 10 years, and have checked 7,000-plus deer and have not discovered it,” ...

... The explosion of feral hogs across the U.S. is threatening the deer population -- spreading disease, dominating the food chain and even, on occasion, killing and eating fawns. In Louisiana, where there are an estimated 700,000 wild hogs, hunters and wildlife officials say they are taking a toll on the whitetail deer herd....

Deer talk may dominate conservation hearings March 31, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... deer hunters statewide were shocked last week when citizens serving on the Waupaca County Deer Advisory Council voted unanimously to impose antlerless-only hunting seasons this autumn in hopes of slowing the herd’s growth. ... The CDACs cannot impose earn-a-buck restrictions [illegal] ...

Louisiana House votes to allow hunters to wear 'blaze pink' instead of hunter orange March 30, 2016 The Times-Picayune
... The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 95-5 to allow people to wear "blaze pink" instead of orange when hunting. The bill will now be taken up the Louisiana Senate...

Judge sentences hunters for swapping deer tags March 23, 2016 Louisiana, Nola.com
...  a $700 fine plus court costs for taking over the limit of deer and failing to comply with deer-tagging regulations...

Think Wild Hogs Don't Kill Deer? Think Again March 16, 2016 Louisiana, OutdoorHub
... In 2015, sportsmen and women harvested 300,000 feral pigs, but only 139,000 deer... Research has shown that deer detection rates can be up to 49% less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation. Hogs carry infectious diseases ...

Agents bust men for killing deer at night, LDWF says March 2, 2016 Louisiana, NOLA.com
... a two-month-long investigation ...  six deer were shot during illegal hours off Bayou Natchitoches Road near Bordelonville along the Red River ...

What to do about the 'carry-over' February 12, 2016 Louisiana, Louisiana Sportsman
... it could be another low-harvest year, somewhat similar to 2014 which was one of the lowest ever recorded.... Deer biologists ... pretty much blamed the unseasonably warm weather ... The abundant mast crop this year will help to some degree and provide nutrition for deer through the winter and early spring ...

West Monroe Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations February 11, 2016 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
... LDWF agents were alerted by an anonymous complaint about Cook taking an antlered deer and using someone else’s tag on Dec 10, 2015... admitted to using his wife’s tag on the antlered deer...

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 500,000 deer in 2014 through 2016. 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 2015 report, click to enlarge.  Populations were hunted very low levels in the first half of the 1900's, the 1920 population estimated at 20,000.  A restocking program to rebuild the herd began in 1949 and ran through 1969.  

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

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Mission Statement: "To manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources." From About About LDWF and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheriries Strategic Plan

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.