AGFC Fields Ready for Opening of Dove Season
LITTLE ROCK – Opening day of dove season is this Saturday. For those hunters still looking for a field to hunt, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission maintains dove fields on some wildlife management areas. These plots are open to the public and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’re stepping up opportunities for the dove season opening on our lands,” said Ricky Chastain, AGFC assistant chief of wildlife management. “With many privately-owned fields being an invitation-only proposition, we want to offer something for hunters, especially youth, who are new to the sport.”
The acreage put into dove fields is fairly small when compared to the size of the entire WMA because most hunters spend only a few days a season chasing these birds.
“Dove hunting fields can handle a hunter for every two acres or so,” Chastain said. “Most of the wildlife openings on our properties are small with irregular borders to serve a number of different wildlife species. Our dove fields will only provide limited opportunity in most cases,” he said.
What’s left of Hurricane Gustav has put a damper on the opening weekend, Chastain said. “Without a doubt, this rain will have a negative effect on the fields themselves, “ he said. Hunters are urged to talk with area managers about total acreage available for hunting, status of management on the fields and the interest shown by other hunters.
AGFC Dove Fields
Brinkley Regional Office (877) 734-4581
Mike Freeze Wattensaw WMA
UA Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA
Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA
Departee Creek WMA
Monticello Regional Office (877) 367-3559
Bayou Meto WMA
Choctaw Island WMA
Little Bayou WMA
Trusten Holder WMA
Hope Regional Office (877) 777-5580
Hope Upland WMA
Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA
Mayflower Field Office (877) 470-3650
Camp Robinson SUA
Cypress Bayou WMA
Holland Bottoms WMA
Prairie Bayou WMA
Fort Smith Regional Office (877) 478-1043
Fort Chaffee WMA
Ozark Lake WMA
Russellville Regional Office (877) 967-7577
Galla Creek WMA
Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA
Petit Jean River WMA