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Dove Fields

To provide ample hunting opportunity for Louisiana residents, LDWF manages dove fields on state-owned wildlife management areas and leases private lands from farmers for dove hunting. Managers plant and manipulate crops and manage commercial agricultural fields to attract large numbers of doves to shooting areas during the hunting season.

 

2020 Public WMA Dove Fields

  • Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 
    • 30 acres planted in brown-top millet
    • Open to all
  • Bodcau WMA, Bossier Parish 
    • 5 acres brown-top millet and sorghum located by the shooting range
    • 5 acres brown-top millet located in the Whittington Fields
  • Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish 
    • Elliott Field–North Tract: 40 acres, manipulated natural vegetation
  • 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 10 acres of brown-top millet and 3 acres of sunflowers scattered throughout
    • Hunting by lottery draw only for the first two days of the season. After that, open to all on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only from September 5–27 and October 10–November 15.
  • Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish 
    • 10 acres brown-top millet
    • Youth only on opening day of the first split. Open to all thereafter.
  • Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish
    • 70 acres: 45 acres planted with Japanese and brown-top millet; natural regeneration of previously planted fields of Japanese and brown-top millet on other 25 acres
    • Only open certain days and times, refer to hunting regulations for exact dates and times
  • Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish 
    • 84 acres of natural regeneration of previously planted brown-top millet
    • The dove fields will be prepped and burned before both the first and second splits.
  • Russell Sage WMA
    • Shop Road Field: 20 acres, manipulated natural vegetation
  • Sabine WMA, Sabine Parish
    • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton) response, expect good dove shooting in these areas
  • Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish 
    • September 5 and 12 through the end of first split; CLOSED September 6–11 of first split; second and third splits are the same as outside EXCEPT youth hunt on the North Tract during the opening day of the first segment (September 5). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older.
    • North Tract: three fields totaling 33 acres, planted in brown-top millet
    • South Tract: open to all hunters, 14 acres planted in brown-top millet
  • Sherburne WMA, Iberville/St. Martin Parishes 
    • 83 acres of natural regeneration of previously planted brown-top millet; 68 acres of dove fields will be prepped and burned before first split. These fields are located along Little Alabama Road. The remaining 15-acre field will be prepared and burned for the second split.
  • U.S. Forest Service, Calcasieu Ranger District, Vernon Unit, Vernon Parish 
    • 60 acres planted in brown-top millet
  • West Bay WMA, Allen Parish 
    • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton) response, expect good dove jump shooting

Note that all LDWF WMA dove fields are non-toxic shot only.

2020 Private Lease Dove Fields

No longer available; only open on opening day of the 2020 season.

 

LDWF also offers free assistance to private landowners interested in managing their property for wildlife, including doves.