Here's a big heads up if you plan on hunting this deer season in Louisiana. A newly instituted "LDWF Rule" for the 2016-2017 season could catch many law-abiding hunters off guard and ruin your day of hunting. Here's what's going on.

If you are going to deer hunt on a Louisiana "Wildlife Management Area" this year, there is now a “mandatory check-in” on the day you plan to hunt.

When mandatory check-in for deer seasons is specified on specific WMAs, hunters must check in at designated locations, and obtain a daily hunt permit. Mandatory check-in is required on Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Big Lake, Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre, Richard K. Yancey, Russell Sage, and Sherburne WMAs.

The new "LDWF Rule" goes on to explain that "in addition to (if camping) / or in lieu of (if not camping) / completing the “Self-Clearing Permit” a deer hunter utilizing a Louisiana WMA on a day that has a “mandatory check-in” must also, BEFORE HUNTING, obtain a “daily hunt permit” at a “designated location” (these locations specified nor published in the regulations)."  

You definitely want to have the best season you can have, so head over to Louisianasportsman.com to read up a little more. They can also answer any questions you may have.