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Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 7.14.18 PMValidating deer harvest information with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is very important. The LDWF uses that data to set seasons and limits. In recent years, it is highly suspected that a large number of deer go unreported. That could lead to lower limits and shorter seasons.

During the 2015-16 deer season now in progress, Louisiana deer hunters have the added incentive provided by the Validate to Win Contest. Any hunter who validates his/her deer tag information within seven days after harvest will be automatically entered for an end of season drawing for prizes, including a deer rifle package and lifetime hunting licenses.

“We’re encouraging deer hunters to supply the vital information we need to manage the state’s deer population,” said Jimmy Anthony, assistant secretary, Office of Wildlife. “It is every successful deer hunter’s obligation and requirement to validate their deer harvest.”

Hunters must record the date of harvest and the parish 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 seven days, the hunter must validate the harvest using the toll free validation phone number 866-484-4805 or the web link:

Also, make sure you bring your buck by the store and enter it in the Simmons’ Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest. Lots of prizes and categories. check out our homepage for more information.