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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. The application period for 2014-2015 hunting season permits is now over. Only hunters who received 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.

For future reference: 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 or email the park.

Did You Know?

Young alligator crawls through vegetation.

Alligators have two eyelids! The second inner eyelid is clear and used like goggles while the alligator is under water. These amazing reptiles have been around since before the dinosaurs, and they are designed for life in the water.