Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

Free permits for private property would be valid Sept. 1 through last day of February, biologist says

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

Melissa Collins, wildlife biologist permits coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said current regulations permit the nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds — which are defined as feral hogs, coyotes and armadillos – plus nutria and beaver, from March 1 through Aug. 31 on private property.

The notice of intent approved by the commission Thursday would allow permit holders on private property to also take these animals at night from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

“There is no fee associated with this permit, but you must have your hunting license,” Collins said. “Our goal is to get rid of these nuisance animals – especially feral hogs — because they’re such a huge problem. We’ve got to do something else to remove these animals from the landscape.”

Collins said regional enforcement captains with the LDWF across the state would visit permit applicants to approve eligibility.

“The captains will come to your property, assess what’s going on, do the background checks right then and there and issue the permit,” she said. “That way we know who’s firing these shots and who isn’t.”

To view the full notice of intent, click here.

Public comment on the proposal will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings, and can be submitted to Collins by phone at 225-763-8584 or via email here until Aug. 4.

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