Dove

2015-2016 Season

South Zone

Sept. 5-13, Oct. 10 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 19 - Jan. 15

North Zone

Sept. 5-27, Oct. 10 - Nov. 8 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 15

The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 5 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset.  EXCEPTIONS: Dove hunting hours on the Pointe Aux Chenes WMA’s Point Farm Unit are uniformly ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon for all dates within all splits for the 2015-16 dove season. Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 5 and 6.

 

Dove Hunting Zones

The following boundary divides the state into North and South dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Bag Limit

Mourning and white-winged doves and fully dressed Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle-doves: Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate, Possession 45 in aggregate, but note: there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed-turtle doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

Public Dove Hunting on Leased Fields (to be announced)

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The following rules will apply to all leased dove 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, issued at the field, as well as appropriate hunting license with HIP certification; except that hunters under 16 years of age do not need HIP certification.  The daily permit 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. Cash or check. Hunters under 16 years of age will be admitted free, but they must check-in and obtain a daily 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 ATV’s, 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. 5 only.  Entrance at any other time is trespassing.
 
NOTICE: 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.
 

2015- 2016 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

Wildlife Management Areas Dove Fields 2015

Bayou Pierre WMA, northwest Red River Parish 

  • 5 acres planted in brown-top millet, 3 acres barnyard grass and foxtail.  Open to all.

Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish

  • 20 ac. Sunflower

Bodcau WMA, Bossier Parish

  • 15 acres brown-top millet and sorghum. Approximately 5 acres located by the shooting range and 10 acres located in the Whittington field area.

Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish

  • Elliott field – North tract 40 acres, planted in brown-top millet; South tract (located in Crow Field, Catahoula parish) 30 acres, natural vegetation, clipped and available to hunt

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.  Mostly planted with brown-top millet.  Also a little sunflower in one area.  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. 5-27 and Oct. 10- Nov. 8. Non-toxic shot only.

Floy McElroy WMA, Richland Parish

  • 20 acres brown top millet. Youth only hunt on September 14 and 15. No hunting at any other time.  Only youth 17 years old and under with an accompanying adult will be admitted.  Only the youth may hunt.   The gate on LA Hwy 137, 2 miles north of Rayville will open at 11:00 a.m. on  September 13 and 14. Shooting will be allowed from 12 p.m. to sunset.  No ATVs allowed.

Fort Polk WMA, Vernon parish

  • U.S. Forest Service dove field (Vernon Unit, Calcasieu Ranger District) – 25 acres planted in brown-top millet. Holly Springs food plot 20 acres planted in partridge pea and 14 acres planted in brown-top millet, milo pearl millet, and sunflowers.

Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Lafourche Parish

  • 70 acres – brown top and Japanese millet. Non-toxic shot only.  Only open certain days and times, refer to the hunting pamphlet for exact dates and times.

Russell Sage, Ouachita Parish

  • 8 acres brown top millet

Richard K. Yancey (formerly Red River/Three Rivers) WMA, Concordia Parish

  • 120 acres of volunteer brown top millet.  The dove fields will be prepped before both the first and second splits.

Sandy Hollow WMA, Tangipahoa Parish  

  • Sept. 5 & 12 through the end of first split.  CLOSED Sept. 6 – 11 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. 5). Hunt restricted to youths 17 or younger and supervising adult who must be 18 years of age or older.
  • North tract – 3 fields totaling 32 acres, planted in brown-top millet
  • South tract – open to all hunters, 12 acres planted in brown-top millet

Sherburne WMA, Iberville/St. Martin Parishes

  • 83 acres planted in brown top millet.  Dove fields will be prepped before first split.

West Bay WMA, Allen parish

  • Various clear cuts have a good goat weed (croton)  response, expect good dove jump shooting