Public waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 34,000 acres of the Refuge during state set teal duck and coastal zone waterfowl seasons. The Refuge hosts 3000-4000 hunter visits each year. Each refuge hunter must have a signed hunting regulations form . . .

Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hunting Regulations brochure
Hunting Regulations brochure - part 1
Hunting Regulations brochure - part 2

Hunting of ducks, geese, gallinules and coots is permitted in designated areas of the Refuge during the state set waterfowl seasons set by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries All hunters are required to have a refuge-issued permit.


The alligator season generally occurs during September after alligator hatching occurs but prior to winter hibernation. The season is set by LDWF and may vary slightly depending on the duration of the nesting season. The refuge harvest follows state regulations, but may be more restrictive under certain conditions. A limited number of alligator hunters are selected through a lottery drawing every 3 years to hunt alligators on the Refuge.