Dove

2014-2015 Season

South Zone

Sept. 6-14, Oct. 11 - Dec. 3 and Dec. 20 - Jan. 15

North Zone

Sept. 6-28, Oct. 11 - Nov. 9 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 15

The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 6 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset.

Dove Hunting Zones

The following boundary divides the state into North and South dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Bag Limit

Mourning and white-winged doves and fully dressed Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle-doves: Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate, Possession 45 in aggregate, but note: there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed-turtle doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

Public Dove Hunting on Leased Fields – to be announced

2014- 2015 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields

Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 

  • 30 acres planted in wheat and 25 acres in sunflower.  Planted fields are surrounded by open field in native vegetation, open field is 100 acres plus.  Open to all.

Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish

  • 20 acres Sunflower 

Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish

  • Elliott field – North tract 40 acres, planted in brown-top millet; South tract (located in Crow Field, Catahoula parish) 30 acres, natural vegetation, clipped and available to hunt

Clear Creek WMA, Vernon parish

  • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton)  response, expect good dove jump shooting

Elbow Slough WMA, southeastern Rapides Parish

  • Field is roughly 60 acres.  Mostly planted with brown top millet.  Also a little sunflower in one area.  Hunting by lottery draw only for the first 2 days of the season.  After that, open to all on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only from Sept. 10-28 and Oct. 11- Nov. 9. Non-toxic shot only.

Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish

  • 20 acres brown top millet. Youth only hunt on Sept. 13 and 14. No hunting at any other time.  Only youth 17 years old and under with an accompanying adult will be admitted.  Only the youth may hunt.  The gate on LA Hwy 137, 2 miles north of Rayville will open at 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 13 and 14. Shooting will be allowed from 12 p.m. to sunset.  No ATVs allowed.

Fort Polk WMA, Vernon parish

  • U.S. Forest Service dove field, 25 acres planted in brown-top millet; Holly Springs food plot, 10 acres, planted in brown top millet.

Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish

  • Approximately 15 acre field of sunflower.  Open only to youth hunters on the first day (Saturday) of the first split of dove season, after that open to all.

Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish

  • 70 acres – brown top and Japanese millet. Non-toxic shot only.  Only open certain days and times, refer to the hunting pamphlet for exact dates and times.

Ouachita WMA, Ouachita WMA

  • 8 acres brown top millet

Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish

  • 120 acres of volunteer brown top millet. The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.

Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish  

  • Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 through the end of first split.  CLOSED Sept. 7 – 12 of first split,  second and third splits are the same as outside EXCEPT youth hunt on Northern Tract during the opening day of the first segment (Sept. 6). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older.
  • North tract – 3 fields totaling 32 acres, planted in brown-top millet
  • South tract – open to all hunters, 12 acres planted in brown-top millet

Sherburne WMA, Iberville/St. Martin Parishes

  • 83 acres volunteer brown top millet.  Dove fields will be prepped before first split.

West Bay WMA, Allen parish

  • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton)  response, expect good dove jump shooting

For more information on state Wildlife Management Areas: click this link http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma

For specifics on the current WMA dove field situation, you should contact the Wildlife Division field office nearest the WMA dove field you wish to hunt.

Minden: 318-371-3050

Monroe: 318-343-4044

Pineville: 318-487-5885

Lake Charles: 337-491-2575

Opelousas: 337-948-0255

Hammond: 985-543-4777