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Public Dove Fields Available for Opening Day
Opening day of dove season is the kickoff to fall hunting. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages a few public fields on wildlife management areas to attract doves and other wildlife throughout hunting season.
Dove fields on WMAs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. WMA acreage put into dove fields is relatively small because most hunters only pursue doves the first few days of the season. However, after opening weekend of dove season, many wildlife species feed in the fields, particularly those that were topsown with winter wheat.
Hunters should talk to area managers and regional offices for locations of fields, interest shown by other hunters and status of the fields.
WMAs with dove fields for the 2014-15 season:
Beaver Lake Regional Office – 866-253-2506
- McIlroy Madison County WMA – 30 acres of sunflowers
- Wedington WMA - 10 acres of sunflowers
Brinkley Regional Office – 877-734-4581
- Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA – 25 acres of top-sown wheat and millet
- Prairie Bayou - 10 acres of milo
- Mike Freeze Wattensaw WMA - 16 acres of milo
Fort Smith Regional Office -- 877-478-1043
- Ozark Lake WMA - 17 acres of millet and wheat on Vine Prairie Road
- J. Perry Mikles SUA - 5 acres of top-sown wheat inside the double orange gates on new Highway 109
- Ft. Chaffee WMA - two 5-acre what fields in Compartment 3, one 5-acre wheat field in Compartment 4, and one 5-acre wheat field in Compartment 6A, one 5-acre wheat field and one 3-acre wheat field in Compartment 8A.
- Petit Jean River WMA - 11-acre field on Slaty Crossing Road planted in brown-top millet
Hope Regional Office – 877-777-5580
- Hope Upland WMA (Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only during statewide dove season) – 75 acres of top-sown wheat
- Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA (Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only during statewide dove season) – 80 acres of top-sown wheat
Monticello Regional Office – 877-367-3559
- Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA - three fields (25 acres total) of sunflowers
- Trusten Holder WMA - Two fields (10 acres total ) of top-sown wheat
Jonesboro Regional Office – 877-972-5438
- St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA - 11 fields (21 acres total) of various corn/soybean/millet/sunflower/sorghum mixes that could attract doves
Russellville Regional Office – 877-967-7577
- Galla Creek WMA – Four fields (50 acres total) of top-sown wheat
- Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA (Wylie Cox SUA open only during the first two weeks of the statewide season) - one field (20 acres) brown top millet; four fields (35 acres total) top-sown wheat