April 25, 2014 at 2:17am
Louisiana has always allowed small bore muzzle loaders (the 'squirrel guns' of battle of New Orleans fame) for small game hunting including on WMAs. I do believe that when the requirement was moved from 'muzzle loader' to 'primitive rifle' the wording was changed in reference to small game as well as large. So theoretically any one with a single shot cartridge rifle suitable for the 'primitive arm' deer season could get a second sub-35 caliber barrel for that rifle (it's a really inexpensive if somewhat complicated process if you have a Handirifle) and have a qualifying small game 'primitive arm' for hog killing on a WMA. Granted you won't be able to blaze away at multiple pigs but a single 308 is a lot more effective and from much farther than say 5 .22 magnums or 3 goose loads. Hopefully someone from LDWF enforcement can comment on my reading of this.