The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising hunters to call a local LDWF field office when problems are encountered with the phone-in, deer tag validation process.

Some hunters have experienced difficulty with the voice recognition system linked to the toll-free phone number 866-484-4805 that collects information on harvested deer and validates the individual’s deer tag, the final step in reporting harvest data to LDWF.

Wildlife Division staff at field offices around the state will accept and record tag validation information (date and parish of harvest) from hunters to complete the process as needed.  Hunters having difficulty are encouraged to call the field offices during normal work hours for personal assistance with validating their harvest.  LDWF field offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, in the following locations:

  • Monroe ph. 318-343-4044
  • Minden ph. 318-371-3050
  • Pineville ph. 318-487-5885
  • Lake Charles ph. 337-491-2575
  • Hammond ph. 985-543-4777
  • Opelousas ph. 337-948-0255
  • Baton Rouge ph. 225-765-2346

Deer hunters have seven days to validate each tag used for a deer harvested this season. Hunters also have the option to validate their deer tags seven days a week, any time of the day, on-line via

Logo courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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