Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is one of the few public hunting spots near New Orleans between Mandeville and Slidell in St. Tammany Parish. The refuge provides unique waterfowl, small game, and deer (archery only) hunting opportunities. Hunting access is by foot or boat. The non-motorized launch at Sapsucker Rd. is a good way to access secluded marshes in the refuge's interior. 

For seasons and regulations on Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge see the hunt season table or the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Public Use Regulations below.  All hunters must read, sign, and have in their possession a copy of the front cover signature page of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Public Use Regulations (available for download below). 

Related Documents
Southeast Louisiana Refuges Annual User Brochure and Regulations

Southeast Louisiana Refuges public use regulations

508 compliant Excell spreadsheet listing hunt seasons and regulations for the Southeast Louisiana Refuges 2023-2024 season