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Louisiana

Population: 4,468,976 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheriest
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225-765-2800
www.wlf.state.la.us

State Background

Louisiana is a Southern state of the United States of America. The state is bordered to the west by the state of Texas; to the north by Arkansas; to the east by the state of Mississippi; and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. The surface of the state may properly be divided into two parts, the uplands, and the alluvial and coast and swamp regions. The alluvial regions, including the low swamps and coast lands, cover an area of about 20,000 square miles; they lie principally along the Mississippi River, which traverses the state from north to south for a distance of about 600 miles and ultimately emptying into the Gulf of Mexico, the Red River, the Ouachita River and its branches, and other minor streams.

The uplands and contiguous hill lands have an area of more than 25,000 square miles, and they consist of prairie and woodlands. In the uplands and hills, the elevations rise to Driskill Mountain the highest point in the state at only 535 feet above sea level. Louisiana contains a number of areas which are, in varying degrees, protected from human intervention. Louisiana has a relatively constant semitropical climate. Rainfall and humidity decrease, and daily temperature variations increase, with distance from the Gulf of Mexico. Prevailing winds are from the south or southeast. During the summer and fall, tropical storms and hurricanes frequently batter the state, especially along the coast.

State Species

Big Game Deer    
Waterfowl Coots Ducks Canadian Geese
Furbearer Beaver
Bobcat
Coyotes
Gray Fox
Mink
Muskrat
Nutria
Opossum
Raccoon
Red Fox
River Otters
Skunk
Small Game Blackbirds
Clapper Rails
Crawfish
Crows
Gallinules
Hogs
King Rails
Mourning Dove
Quail
Rabbit
Ringed Turtle Doves
Snipe
Sora
Squirrel
Teal
Turkey
Virginia Rail
Woodcock
Sport Fish Almaco Jack
Atlantic Bonito
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Spadefish
Banded Rudderfish
Bigeye
Black Bar Drum
Black Driftfish
Black Jack
Blackfin Snapper
Blackfin Tuna
Blue Runner
Bluefish
Bulleye
Cobia
Creole Fish
Crevalle jack
Dolphin
Escolar
Floria Pompano
Gafftopsail Catfish
Gag
Great Barracuda
Greater Amberjack
Gulf Kingfish
Horse-eye Jack
Jewfish
King Mackerel
Knobbed Porgy
Lane Snapper
Lesser Amberjack
Little Tunny
Longspine Scorpionfish
Longtail Bass
Oilfish
Queen Snapper
Rainbow Runner
Red Drum
Red Hind
Red Snapper
Rock Hind
Sand Seatrout
Scamp
Sea Catfish
Sheepshead
Short Bigeye
Silk Snapper
Silver Seatrout
Skipjack Tuna
Snowy Grouper
Southern Kingfish
Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Hind
Spinycheek Scorpionfish
Spotted Scorpionfish
Spotted Seatrout
Squirrelfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Tilefish
Triggerfish
Vermilion Snapper
Wahoo
Warsaw Grouper
Wenchman
White Bass
Whitebone Porgy
Yellow Bass
Yellowfin Gouper
Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowmouth Grouper
Yellowtail Snapper
Yellowwedge Grouper

Clubs & Organizations

Louisiana Charter Boat Association Louisiana Fish Records
Louisiana Fishing Magazine Louisiana Shooting Association
Louisiana Sportsman Magazine

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