Hunters up; Harvests down

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Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.48.22 PMIn Louisiana, the number of deer hunters is trending upwards. The number of deer harvested is trending downward. That has some wildlife biologists and hunters worried that stricter limits may be in the future for the state’s hunters.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.48.10 PMThere is one factor that could change that. It is widely believed that all deer hunters do not get online or make a phone call to the LDWF to report their deer kill. If that is the case, the harvest may be much higher than reported. It is important for every hunter to report every kill so wildlife officials have accurate information to set seasons and limits by. Make sure if you take a deer, you report it. It is important.

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate carcass tag before it is moved from the kill site, and the hunter must document the kill on the harvest report card portion of the deer tag license.

The hunter must record the date of kill and the parish of kill on the carcass tag. The tag must remain attached to the deer while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter or to a cold storage facility. Hunters who keep the carcass or meat at camp must also comply with the game possession tag regulations. Within 7 days the hunter must validate the kill using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link: