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New La. law allows nighttime hunting of nutria, other ‘outlaw quadrupeds’ year-round on private property

Nutria (Courtesy: LDWF)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A new Louisiana law allowing licensed hunters to harvest animals known as “outlaw quadrupeds,” which includes nutria, at night year-round will soon go into effect, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). 

Trey Iles, a spokesperson for LDWF, says Governor John Bel Edwards signed Act 175 of the 2020 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session into law in June 2020 which allows for nighttime harvesting of feral hogs, coyotes, armadillos, nutria, and beaver.

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The new law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, 2020, allows licensed Louisiana and non-resident hunters to kill outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the entire year with the landowner’s permission. 

However, Iles explains under the new law, hunters are required to contact that parish’s sheriff office within 24 hours before they attempt the nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds.

Under the new law, no one who has been convicted of a class three or greater wildlife violation within the previous five years or who is prohibited from legal use of a firearm or participating in hunting activity can participate.

From page 25 of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries 2020-2021 Hunting Regulation Pamphlet. (Courtesy: LDWF)

For the complete 2020-2021 hunting regulations from LDWF click here