The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is providing public dove hunting opportunities for opening day on leased private land and state wildlife management areas throughout the state.
According to a news release, LDWF has leased private land in Beauregard, Grant and Avoyelles Parishes for Sept. 7 only from noon to sunset.
There is a $10 fee per hunter, 16 years of age and older. Hunters under 16 will be admitted free, but they must check-in and have a daily permit.
The locations of the fields are as follows:
Beauregard Parish, DeRidder - 335 acres of harvested corn and milo and 150 acres of shredded corn. Directions: Take La. Hwy. 190 west from DeRidder. The field is approximately 5 miles west of DeRidder on the North side of Hwy. 190 just past La. Hwy. 3226. Check in will be near the storage tanks. Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 x-3021 for more information. Maps will be available at the Lake Charles Office.
Grant Parish - 221 acres harvested milo with strips of sunflower. Directions: Take Exit 99 (Boyce) off I-49 and travel east on La. Hwy. 8. Cross over the Red River and travel approximately ¼-mile and take a left at “dove field” sign. Continue on levee road until you arrive at the LDWF permit station. No ATVs allowed. LDWF can assist handicapped hunters to/from their location in the field. Contact the LDWF Pineville Office at 318-487-5885 if additional information is needed. EXACT CHANGE IS NEEDED FOR PERMITS.
Avoyelles Parish - 90 acres of harvested milo. Directions: from Bunkie, take La. Hwy. 29 to Evergreen, then take a right on La. Hwy. 361. Meet at the barn, which is 1.5 miles south of the intersection of La. Hwy. 361 and La. Hwy. 362. Contact Travis Dufour at 337-948-0255 for more information.
For a complete list of rules to hunt on all privately-owned fields, click here.
All hunters must have a daily permit as well as appropriate hunting license with HIP certification. (Hunters under 16 years of age do not need HIP certification, according to the release.)
The daily permit is available at each of the fields and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. HIP certifications are available from hunting license vendors.
If hunters have formed a line prior to the time permits are issued, permits will be issued to those in line in order of arrival, the release states.
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; Camp Beauregard WMA, Rapides Parish; Clear Creek WMA, Vernon Parish; Elbow Slough WMA, Rapides Parish; Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish; Fort Polk WMA, Vernon Parish; Loggy Bayou WMA, Bossier Parish; Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA,Lafourche Parish; Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish; Sandy Hollow WMA,Tangipahoa Parish; Sherburne WMA, Iberville/St. Martin Parishes and West Bay WMA, Allen Parish.
Dove hunting on Sandy Hollow WMA is open Sept. 7 and 14, but closed Sept. 8-13 of the first split.
And according to the release, hunting on Elbow Slough WMA in southeastern Rapides Parish on Sept. 7 and 8 only is restricted to lottery winners only.