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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.

 

2021 Public WMA Dove Fields

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

 

Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 

  • 30 acres planted in brown-top millet.

Bodcau WMA, Bossier Parish

  • 6 acres brown-top millet located by the shooting range. 6 acres brown-top millet located in the Whittington Fields.

Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish

  • Elliott field – North tract 40 acres, planted in brown-top millet.

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 20 acres of brown-top millet 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. 4-26 and Oct. 9- Nov. 14.

Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish

  • 8 acres brown-top millet. Youth only on opening day of the first split.  Open to all thereafter. 

Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish

  • Closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

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 Rd 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 

  • 4 & 11 through the end of first split. CLOSED Sept. 5 – 10 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. 4th). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older.

 

  • North tract – 3 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.

Soda Lake (Franks Tract), Caddo Parish

  • 30 acres planted in sunflower and brown-top millet

U.S. Forest Service, Calcasieu Ranger District, Vernon Unit, Vernon parish

  • Dove field (Vernon Unit, Calcasieu Ranger District) – 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.

2021 Private Lease Dove Fields


DeRidder Field (300 ac corn) - The south side of US Hwy 190 – 4.66 miles west of the intersection with US Hwy 171 and LA Hwy 27, just past the Beauregard Regional Airport.  Field entrance will be marked.

 Hunting will be allowed on opening day Saturday September 04 only.  Shooting hours begin at 12:00 noon.

 All hunters will need a daily permit ($10 fee) that can be purchased online ONLY.

 Hunters under 18 are required to have a permit, but will not be charged for the permit. This is available online ONLY.  

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

 

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