Barataria Preserve Hunting and Trapping

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


  • Entergy will be working on powerlines in Zones 1,3, 5, and 9. ALL hunters will be required to maintain a minimum buffer of 1500 feet from the base of the power line. This requirement will be strongly enforced; violations are punishable by a fine up to $5000 and/or six months in jail. This regulations change is projected only to affect the 2018-2019 hunt season. The result may be improved habitat in the affected zones. Entergy will be using heavy equipment like marsh masters, airboats, power tools, etc.; the activity will probably push game elsewhere. Entergy's work should not affect zones 2,4, 7, and 8. The park apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Any updates on this project will be posted here or posted on park social media.
  • MORE INFORMATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 14: The power lines are the ones on wooden towers that run north from the substation on Barataria Boulevard/Louisiana Highway 301; see the power line map of the north section and the power line map of south section of the lines at the link. Zone 3 will be the area most significantly impacted; the north and south "key holes" can only be used as an access point to the eastern side of the power lines in Zone 3.
  • MORE INFORMATION AS OF OCTOBER 1: Follow the link for updates on areas closed to hunting due to the power line work.
  • For questions and concerns, contact the hunt coordinator by email or by calling 504-689-3690 ext. 18.

Wetlands project alert! If you're near Yankee Pond or on the eastern edge of Lake Salvador or Lake Catouatche, you may see or hear machinery being used in a major freshwater marsh restoration project. Follow the link to learn more.

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 period to apply for 2018-2019 hunting season permits is now over. Only hunters who received a 2018-2019 permit may hunt at the Barataria Preserve during the 2018-2019 hunting season.

If you applied for a 2018-2019 permit, you may pick it up at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center now. The visitor center is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The visitor center is closed on all federal holidays. Bring a valid photo ID with you to pick up your permit. Only the permit holder may pick up the permit.

Hunters are required to posses the following documents while hunting in the Barataria Preserve:

  • a current valid Barataria Preserve hunting permit
  • a current and valid Louisiana's driver's license of other photo identification
  • a hunter safety card (if applicable; all persons born after September 1, 1969, must complete a state-approved hunter safety program before being allowed to hunt in the Barataria Preserve)
  • a current Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting license
  • if hunting waterfowl, applicable federal duck stamp and state HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification are required

If you have a 2018-2019 hunt permit and need additional drop slips, you can download them at the link.

To learn more about hunting at the preserve, see the 2018-2019 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. 18 or email the hunt program coordinator.

Last updated: October 18, 2018

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