2016-2017 Season

South Zone
Sept 3-11, Oct 8 – Nov 27, Dec 17 – Jan 15
North Zone
Sept 3 – 25, Oct 8 – Nov 13, Dec 17 – Jan 15
The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 3 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset.  EXCEPTIONS: Dove hunting hours on the Pointe Aux Chenes WMA’s Point Farm Unit are uniformly ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon for all dates within all splits for the 2016-17 dove season. Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 3 and 4.

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.

Private Dove Lease Fields

Beauregard Parish, DeRidder-500 acres harvested corn and milo:  Directions -- Take Hwy. 190 West from DeRidder.  The field is approximately 5 miles West of DeRidder on Hwy. 190, just past Hwy. 3226.  An LDWF sign will designate the check-in area.  Contact Justin Ebarb at 318-487-5885 or Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information.  Maps will be available in the Lake Charles field office, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA  70601, the Pineville Field Office, 1995 Shreveport Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360

Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer - 152 acres prepared native grass pasture:  Directions -- Take Route 10 to Wilmer then Hwy. 1061 North to Olon Bankston Road.  Check-in area will be on Olon Bankston Road.  Contact Adam Phelps at 985-543-4784 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Hammond field office, 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr., Hammond LA 70403.

The following are fields LDWF has leased for opening day of dove season.  Hunting will be allowed from 12:00 noon until sunset on Saturday, September 3rd only.  Entrance on any other date is trespassing.  There is a $10 fee for hunters 16 and older.  All hunters are required to have a permit, but hunters under 16 will not be charged for their permit. Shot larger than size 71/2 for lead or 6 for non-toxic shot is prohibited.

2016- 2017 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields 2016

Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 

  • 20 acres planted in brown-top millet, 3 acres barnyard grass and foxtail.  Open to all. (Record Spring flooding followed by a very wet late spring and early summer caused planting to be significantly delayed.  It is unsure at this time if the brown-top millet will be mature in time to have field prepped for opening weekend.)

Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish

  • 10 acres planted in brown-top millet

Bodcau WMA, Bossier Parish

  • 15 acres brown-top millet and sorghum. Approximately 5 acres located by the shooting range and 10 acres located in the Whittington field area. (Above average Spring rainfall followed by regular rains into early summer delayed planting of the plots located in the Whittington fields.  It is unsure at this time if they will be mature in time for opening weekend.)

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 with approximately 30 acres of brown-top millet plots scattered throughout.  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. 7-25 and Oct. 8- Nov. 13. Non-toxic shot only.

Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish

  • 20 acres brown top millet. Youth only hunt on September 10 and 11. 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  September 10 and 11. Shooting will be allowed from 12 p.m. to sunset.  No ATVs allowed.

Fort Polk WMA, Vernon parish

  • U.S. Forest Service dove field (Vernon Unit, Calcasieu Ranger District) – 75 acres planted in brown-top millet, milo, pearl millet, dove proso millet, and sunflowers.

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.

Russell Sage, Ouachita Parish

  • 8 acres brown top millet

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

  • 84 acres planted in sunflower and brown top millet.  The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.

Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish  

  • Sept. 3 & 10 through the end of first split.  CLOSED Sept. 4 – 9 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. 3). 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 planted in sunflower and 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