August 30, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 3 season opening on leased private land and state wildlife management areas.
The 2011-12 dove season opens this Saturday in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF has leased private land in the following parishes for Sept. 3 only, from noon to sunset:
- Beauregard Parish, DeRidder: 500 acres shredded or cut corn. Directions: Take Hwy. 190 west from DeRidder. The field is approximately 5 miles west of DeRidder on the north side of Hwy 190. Check-in will be at the rice dryers.
- Grant Parish: 310 acres harvested milo. Directions: Exit I-49 at Boyce and travel Hwy. 8 north across the Red River. Turn left after bridge and follow levee road less than 1 mile, follow signs.
- Jefferson Davis Parish, Welsh: 325-acre partially plowed fallow field, planted in rice last year. Directions: Take I-10 to Exit 59 (Roanoke). Head north on Hwy. 395, then turn west (left) on Blanchard Rd. Follow Blanchard Rd. to Compton Rd. Field is located on the southwest corner of Blanchard and Compton roads.Bottom of Form
- Rapides Parish, Dream Hunts Resort: 100 acres planted in browntop millet. Directions: Intersection of Hwy. 3170 and Hwy. 1, next to Elbow Slough WMA.
The leased fields will be open to public dove hunting on Sept. 3 only and LDWF personnel will be present at the field to issue permits and monitor the hunt. Hunters 16 years of age and older are charged $10 to hunt, while hunters 15 years of age and younger hunt for free. Permits will be issued on a first come, first serve basis until each field is filled.
Additionally, LDWF provides public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas including: Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish; Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Clear Creek WMA, Vernon Parish; Elbow Slough WMA, southeastern Rapides Parish; Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish; Fort Polk WMA, Vernon Parish; Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish; Red River WMA, Concordia Parish; Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; and West Bay WMA, Allen Parish.
For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove  or contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.