Release Date: 08/07/2007

A dove management and foodplot workshop will take place on Aug. 14 at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Garden in Lafayette from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about dove management practices from experienced biologists and enforcement personnel.  Attendees will be able to:

 View a two-acre dove food plot planted in hybrid corn, tropical corn, milo, sunflowers, brown top millet, Japanese millet and pearl millet.
 Hear a discussion of  the status of the mourning dove in Louisiana, managing small grain plantings for mourning doves and legal issues involved with the planting and manipulating of crops where dove hunting is involved.
 Learn about the establishment and management of native grasses for attracting and holding mourning doves and other species
 Visit with a Pennington Seed Representative to learn about commercially available food plot mixes.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Garden is located adjacent to the Fire Training Facility and the Compost Facility at 400 Dugas Road in Lafayette.  Dugas Road is located off of University Street and is North of Interstate 10 before Carencro.

The workshop will be presented by: Dr. Don Reed, LSU AgCenter wildlife professor; Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter area fisheries agent; Mike Olinde, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologist; Keith Lacaze, LDWF Enforcement Division Lt. Col.; Flip Siragusa, U.S. Dept. of the Interior Special Agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Stuart Gauthier and Stan Dutile, Lafayette Parish County agents; John Pitre, NRCS Wildlife Biologist; Scott Edwards, NRCS plant materials specialist; and Roy Walker, Pennington Seed representative.

A $10 registration fee is required if the registration is received by Aug. 10.  If a person does not register before Aug. 10, a $15 registration fee will be collected on the day of the event.  To request a registration form, please contact Stuart Gauthier at or 337-291-7090.

For more information, contact Stuart Gauthier at or 337-291-7090.