The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cancelled its leased dove field hunts slated for this weekend in both DeRidder and Ragley due to excessive rainfall from Hurricane Harvey.

The opening day of dove season statewide is Saturday, Sept. 2, and the LDWF announced that the leased dove field hunt in Wilmer in Tangipahoa Parish, as well as on several wildlife management areas, will go on as planned.

LDWF will continue to work with the landowners to provide an alternative date for the DeRidder and Ragley hunts. If it’s successful, the Department will announce the dates via a news release and on the LDWF website. 

Hunters are reminded that on state WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields, non-toxic shot is required when hunting doves — no lead shot is allowed.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353.