Dove Hunting

2017-2018 Season

South Zone

Sept 2-10, Oct 7 – Nov 26, Dec 17 – Jan 15

North Zone

Sept 2 – 24, Oct 7 – Nov 12, 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. 2 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset. EXCEPTIONS: Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 2 and 3.

Note that on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields non-toxic shot only is required when hunting doves; no lead shot is allowed.

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

Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer - 155 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.  

Hunting will be allowed on opening day Saturday September 02 only.  Shooting hours begin at 12:00 noon.

All hunters will need a daily permit.
•    Hunters under 18 are required to have a permit, but will not be charged for the permit.  

Only non-toxic shot size 6 and smaller may be used. No lead shot is to be used.

2017- 2018 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs