Louisiana Duck Season Dates and Info [2022-2023]

Last Updated on August 14, 2022 by Brian Grossman

If you’re looking for Louisiana duck season dates and information, you’ve come to the right place! This article highlights the various duck and goose season dates and bag limits for the East and West Louisiana waterfowl zones, as well as basic information on license requirements, legal hunting weapons and ammunition, and more.

Louisiana Duck Season – East Unit

SeasonDatesDaily Bag Limit
TealSept. 10-25, 20226
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers
(regular season)
Nov. 19 - Dec. 4, 2022 and
Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023
6 ducks*
15 coots
5 mergansers**
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers
(youth & veterans only)
Nov. 12, 2022 and Feb. 4, 2023
6 ducks*
15 coots
5 mergansers**
Light Geese, White-fronted Geese,
and Canada Geese
Nov. 5 - Dec. 4, 2022 and
Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 29, 2023
20 light geese
3 white-fronted geese
1 Canada Goose
Conservation Order for Light GeeseDec. 5-16, 2022 and
Jan. 30 - Mar. 5, 2023
None

Louisiana Duck Season – West Unit

SeasonDatesDaily Bag Limit
TealSept. 10-25, 20226
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers
(regular season)
Nov. 12 - Dec. 4, 2022
Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
and January 9 - 29, 2023
6 ducks*
15 coots
5 mergansers**
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers
(youth & veterans only)
Nov. 5-6, 2022
6 ducks*
15 coots
5 mergansers**
Light Geese, White-fronted Geese,
and Canada Geese
Nov. 5 - Dec. 4, 2022
Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
Jan. 9 - Feb. 5, 2023
20 light geese
3 white-fronted geese
1 Canada Goose
Conservation Order for Light GeeseDec. 5-16, 2022
Jan. 2-8, 2023
Feb. 6 - Mar. 5, 2023
None

*Duck bag limit may not include more than 4 mallards (only 2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, and 1 pintail. Only 1 scaup may be taken for the first 15 days of the season, with 2 per day allowed for the remainder.

**Merganser bag limit may not include more than 2 hooded mergansers.

***During the Conservation Order for light geese, only snow, blue, and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits. During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.

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Louisiana Duck Season Map

Map of Louisiana duck seasons east and west zones.

Louisiana Duck Hunting License Requirements

Louisiana duck hunters 18 years of age and older are required to have a basic hunting license, Louisiana waterfowl permit, federal duck stamp, and free HIP certification.

Duck hunters who are 16-17 years old do not need a hunting license or waterfowl permit but are required to have a federal ducks stamp and HIP certification.

You can purchase the necessary state licenses and permits from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

NOTE: Any Louisiana hunter born on or after September 1, 1969, must also complete a hunter education course approved by LDWF to legally hunt unsupervised.

Legal Duck Hunting Weapons and Ammunition

Legal weapons for duck hunting in Louisiana include any 10-gauge or smaller shotgun loaded with federally approved nontoxic shot of size “F” or smaller. Lead shot may not be in possession while hunting waterfowl.

Shotguns must be “plugged” to prevent them from firing more than three rounds before reloading, EXCEPT when hunting light geese during the Conservation Order season.

Summary

The Louisiana duck season will be here before you know it! Hopefully, this article will help you be prepared by answering any questions you may have regarding duck or goose hunting in Louisiana. If we missed any important details, or you still have questions regarding the Louisiana duck season, let us know in the comments section below.

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