Night shooting permits being issued by LDWF
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division is now issuing night shooting permits for coyotes and feral hogs that harm agricultural crops, seedlings or livestock.
Permit applicants must have attempted previous abatement practices on the property prior to applying for the night shooting permit. These practices would include trapping and day shooting (where legal), which are both allowed without a permit from the department provided they have a Louisiana basic hunting license.
If previous abatement practices have been applied to the property and landowners are still experiencing damage, they are encouraged to contact their regional LDWF office for a permit application. For a list of LDWF regional offices and contact information please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contactus/contact.cfm?id=11.
Upon submitting their completed permit application to the respective regional office, an LDWF biologist will schedule a field visit in order to document and assess damage.
Permits are issued in the length of seven consecutive calendar evenings. Permits are issued only in the landowner’s name, or LDWF must have written consent from the landowner establishing they are aware of intended permit activities on their property.
A total of five individuals may be covered by one permit. All permittees must be the holder of a valid Louisiana basic hunting license and are subject to a background check through the LDWF Enforcement Division.
Interested applicants should contact their local regional office for further details.