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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Barataria Preserve Hunting and Trapping

A white-tailed deer stands 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. Permit applications for the 2014-2015 hunting season are accepted from Saturday, September 6, through Wednesday, October 1, at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center. The center is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; it is located at 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero near Crown Point.

First-time Barataria Preserve hunters are required to pass a written test showing familiarity with preserve regulations; testing is done 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Only hunters who receive a 2014-2015 permit may hunt at the Barataria Preserve during the 2014-2015 hunting season. Hunters with permits who need additional drop slips can download them here.

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 2014-2015 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 ext. 17 or email the park.

Did You Know?

A Water Moccasin swims through the bayou.

The cottonmouth or water moccasin can warn you of its dangerous bite in many ways. It releases a musky odor and opens its mouth wide to show you its white mouth and fangs. Show respect for snakes and all wildlife and always keep a safe distance away.