The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with the responsibility of managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources.


The 2018-2019 season opened November 20 and ends March 31

We accept applications through February 28, 2019

Applications If you participated during the 2017-2018 season we mailed your application September 1, 2018 to the address we have on file.

Click here to view or print a Coastwide Nutria Control Program application for 2018-2019 season If you don't have access to a printer, Contact Us (see below) and we will mail an application to you.


Program Boundary Area is all of coastal Louisiana, bounded on the north by Interstate-10 from the Texas state line to Baton Rouge, I-12 from Baton Rouge to Slidell, and I-10 again from Slidell to the Mississippi state line.



Night time harvest of nutria is now allowed throughout the CNCP season on private property, but you must receive the free permit first (this is a separate permit so pay attention to the instruction).  Click here to view or print night harvest application.


Free Trapper Education Workshops offered through the department where you can learn how to safely and ethically trap furbearers, including nutria, or just freshen up your skill. Click here to learn more.


Public Property through the Office of State Lands: We've made 7 overview maps of Office of State Lands properties so you can choose wisely which properties you'd like to harvest. You may choose up to 3 properties and the detailed maps for each of your chosen properties will be mailed with your participant card. See the public lands page in the application packet for further instructions.

1.UpperAtchafalayaBasin  2.LowerAtchafalayaBasin 

3.CameronParish 4.LafourcheParishOnly 


6.St.Mary&TerrebonneParishes  7.PlaqueminesParish


Program Updates

  • 11/29/18: Danny Perry of Perry Fur received an order for 30,000 nutria pelts

  • 1/15/19: Documentary about nutria in Louisiana and the CNCP featuring LDWF biologist and creator of the CNCP, the late Edmond Mouton. Watch the full film at


Have questions about the program or application? Contact Us

View official program rules and regulations here