LDWF offers private-land dove hunts on opening day

Leases available in Beauregard, Grant and Tangipahoa parishes Sept. 6

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide public dove hunting options on private land leases in three parishes across the state.

According to a press release, hunters will be able to hunt from noon to sunset on Sept. 6 only at the following three locations:

Beauregard Parish, DeRidder – 500 acres harvested corn and milo:  Directions: Take Hwy. 190 West from DeRidder.  The field is approximately 5 miles west of DeRidder on the North side of Hwy. 190, just past Hwy. 3226.  Check-in area will be near the storage tanks.  Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575, extension 3021 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Lake Charles field office, located at 1213 North Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles.

Grant Parish, 120 acres of harvested milo:  Directions: Take Hwy. 8 north approximately 2.3 miles from I-49 and turn east (right) on a dirt road. Check-in area will be 0.3 miles from highway. Park on shoulder of road between highway and check-in area. ATVs and UTVs are not allowed. Contact David Hayden at LDWF’s Pineville field office at 318-487-5885 for more information.  Maps will also be available at the Pineville field office, located at 1995 Shreveport Hwy. in Pineville.

Tangipahoa Parish, Wilmer – 152 acres prepared native grass pasture:  Directions: Take Route 10 to Wilmer then Hwy. 1061 North to Olon Bankston Road.  Check-in area will be on Olon Bankston Road.  Contact Jimmy Ernst at 985-543-4784 for more information.  Maps will be available at LDWF’s Hammond field office, located at 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr. in Hammond.

The following rules will apply to all leased fields:

1.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

2.  Shot larger than size 7 ½ is prohibited (size 7 ½ , 8, 9 are allowed.)

3.  All trash – including shell hulls – must be picked-up.

4.  Only legal doves may be taken.

5.  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.  The daily permit is available at the field 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 then be issued to those in line in order of arrival.

6.  There is a $10 fee per hunter 16 years of age and older, with payment by cash or check. Hunters under 16 will be admitted free, but they must check-in and have a permit.

7.  When a predetermined number of hunters are admitted, the field will be closed.  Additional hunters may be admitted when someone leaves the field and surrenders his/her permit.  Use of vehicles, including ATVs, may be restricted and will vary from field to field.  Check with LDWF personnel about restrictions when you check-in.

8.  These leased fields are open to the public Sept. 6 only.  Entrance at any other time is trespassing.

These leased fields have been made available through the cooperation of the landowners.  Future access to these fields and other private property is dependent on the conduct of the hunters using these fields.

  For additional public dove hunting opportunities on state wildlife management areas, click here.