Barataria Preserve Hunting and Trapping

White-tailed deer standing among trees

White-tailed deer are elusive inhabitants of the Barataria Preserve.

Hunting and trapping are allowed at the Barataria Preserve by permit only.

Trappers - A permit is required to trap in the Barataria Preserve. Permits are free. To apply, call the park's natural resource program manager at 504-589-3882 ext. 119. A valid State of Louisiana Trapping License is required.

Hunters - Special permits are required to hunt at the Barataria Preserve. Permits are free. Applications for permits will be available beginning, Saturday, September 5; the last day to apply for a preserve hunting permit is Thursday, October 1. Applications are accepted at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The visitor center is located at 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero near Crown Point.

Only hunters who receive a 2015-2016 permit may hunt at the Barataria Preserve during the 2015-2016 hunting season. Hunters with permits who need additional drop slips can download them here.

Permit requirements for first-time Barataria Preserve hunters and persons born after September 1, 1969:

  • first-time Barataria Preserve hunters are required to pass a written test showing familiarity with preserve regulations;testing will be done 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays only.
  • all persons born after September 1, 1969, must complete a state-approved hunter safety program before being allowed to hunt in the Barataria Preserve. Hunter education courses are offered throughout the state and registration is underway; courses fill up quickly so register now.

When applying for a permit, you must bring

  • a current and valid Louisiana driver's license or other photo identification
  • a hunter safety card (if applicable)
  • a current Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting license
  • if hunting waterfowl, all applicable duck stamps (federal and state)

To learn more about hunting at the preserve, see the 2015-2016 season links below. The Barataria Preserve hunting brochure includes hunt dates, rules, and other useful information.

For answers to questions about hunting and trapping, call the preserve at 504-689-3690 or email the park.

FYI: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will offer a free one-day boating education course at the Barataria Preserve Environmental Education Center. A vessel operators certification card is issued to participants who successfully complete this course. Note that all persons born after January 1, 1984, must complete this course to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The course includes information on choosing a boat, legal requirements, navigation rules and charts, and more. Free but space limited so call the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center 504-689-3690 ext. 10 for reservations. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5.

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