The Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve has announced dates to apply for preserve hunting permits and dates when hunting in the preserve will be allowed. The preserve is managed by the National Park Service as part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and is located at 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero near Crown Point. More information is available at 504-689-3690 ext. 10 or at www.nps.gov/jela .
Squirrel, nutria, hog, and rabbit season begins October 1, 2016. Deer season starts October 1, 2016 for archery and November 14, 2016 for shotguns. There will be closures to hunting December 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017. The hunting season will end on January 31, 2017.
To hunt at the Barataria Preserve, a preserve hunting permit is required in addition to a valid Louisiana state hunting license. Waterfowl hunters will also be required to meet the necessary federal and state requirements, including purchasing duck stamps.
Applications will be available beginning Saturday, September 3, 2016; the last day to apply for a preserve hunting permit is Saturday, October 1, 2016. Barataria Preserve hunting permits are free and can only be obtained at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center. Applications for preserve hunting permits are accepted at the visitor center Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (the preserve visitor center is closed on Monday-Tuesday and on federal holidays). First-time Barataria Preserve hunters are required to pass a written test showing familiarity with preserve regulations; testing will be done 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.