Louisiana Hunting License

Complete your Louisiana hunter education requirements to get your license.

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Louisiana hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy the license through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website or a Louisiana–approved retailer.

Types of Louisiana Hunting Licenses

Louisiana Resident

A resident is a person who has lived in Louisiana for at least 6 months.

All Louisiana residents age 16 or older must have a resident hunting license.

Non-Resident

All non-residents age 16 or older must have a non-resident hunting license.

A person who was born in Louisiana but no longer is a Louisiana resident may purchase the Louisiana Native License. The license is good for five consecutive days. Visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for more details.

Youth Hunting License

Louisiana residents and non-residents under the age of 16 are not required to have a hunting license. Visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for more details.

Senior Hunting License

Louisiana residents who turned 60 years old before June 1, 2000, and who have been residents for at least two years are not required to have these licenses: big game, basic hunting, bow, muzzleloader, Louisiana duck, or turkey stamp.

Louisiana residents who turned 60 years old on or after June 1, 2000, must purchase the Senior Hunt/Fish License.

Disability License

Louisiana residents who are totally and permanently disabled may be eligible for the reduced-fee Resident Disabled Hunting License. In addition, Louisiana residents who are legally blind, paraplegic, or multiple amputees may be eligible for a free hunting license.

Visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for other accommodations for people with disabilities.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members (Louisiana residents and non-residents) may purchase a hunting license at the same price as a resident hunting license.

Veterans who were born in Louisiana or who are Louisiana residents may purchase the Resident/Nonresident Native Retired Military Hunt/Fish License. In addition, resident veterans with 50% or more permanent service-connected disability may be eligible for the free Disabled Veterans Hunting License.

Visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for more details on military and veteran licenses.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Louisiana Duck License and the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

License Expiration

Hunting licenses go on sale on June 1 and expire June 30 of the next year. Louisiana residents and non-residents are able to purchase a lifetime hunting license.

Where to Buy a Louisiana Hunting License

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Louisiana Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions