It was only a little over a month ago when I wrote the article pointing out how bad an idea the "paper tags" were for Louisiana deer hunters.

Apparently, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received enough complaints from deer hunters who felt the same way, and now they've come up with a really good option for hunters scared those little printer paper tags would be destroyed with a slight dose of inclement weather.

Effective now, hunters can tag and validate their deer or turkey harvests directly from their smartphone (via text) immediately after the animal is harvested.

We actually have two different options for the E-tag. The first is a Text-to-Tag option and the other is a Tag Via The Web.

For either, just log into your account at then click 'E-tag/Text-to-Tag' to enroll in electronic tagging.  Then follow the steps to tag and validate your harvest via your smartphone. As long as you complete the electronic tag before moving the animal, you do not have to attach a physical tag.

Check out these LDWF instructional videos to understand how to complete both procedures.

For Text to Tag Use This Video 

For Tagging Using a Web Link Use This Video

Remember though, by law, you still must have a physical copy or a picture of your harvest tags on your smartphone to use this feature.

If there is no cellular signal, hunters can still use traditional paper tags and validate them via phone (225.267.9998) or online within 72 hours of harvest.

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