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 3. The last day to apply for a preserve hunting permit is Saturday, October 1. Applications may ONLY be submitted in person 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 2016-2017 permit may hunt at the Barataria Preserve during the 2016-2017 hunting season.
Special 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 is done 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only beginning on Saturday, September 3, and ending on Saturday, October 1.
- 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; courses fill up quickly so register now.
All persons applying for a Barataria Preserve hunting permit 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)
- first-time Barataria Preserve hunters are required to pass a written test showing familiarity with preserve regulations (see note above)
- all persons born after September 1, 1969, must complete a state-approved hunter safety program before being allowed to hunt in the Barataria Preserve (see note above)..
To learn more about hunting at the preserve, see the 2016-2017 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. 10 or email the park.
- Barataria Preserve hunting brochure 2016-2017
- waterfowl hunting at the Barataria Preserve
- waterfowl hunt zones map
- State of Louisiana hunting regulation
- drop slips for hunters with permits who need additional copies