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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 2016-17 season:
Brinkley Regional Office – 877-734-4581
Fort Smith Regional Office – 877-478-1043
Hope Regional Office – 877-777-5580
Monticello Regional Office – 877-367-3559
Jonesboro Regional Office – 877-972-5438
- W.E. Brewer Scatter Creek WMA – 4 acres of sunflowers. Poor crop from extended wet spring.
- Dave Donaldson Black River WMA – 3 acres of sunflowers north of Knobel in the Wetland Reserve Program tract. Sunflowers planted late, may not be ready for opening weekend.
- St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA – 3 fields. 8 acres at Turkey Island with poor production from heavy spring flooding. 4 acres in fair condition on Hatchie Coon Island in southwest quadrant. 3 acres in fair condition Hatchie Coon Island in northeast quadrant.
Russellville Regional Office – 877-967-7577
- Galla Creek WMA – 10 acres planted in milo, 40 acres of top-sown wheat planned. All fields are on sandbar on west side of WMA. Access is limited to crossing the old slough at the end of Flag Lake Road.
- Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA – Three fields (20 acres, 15 acres and 10-acres) will be disked and seeded with top-sown wheat on Weir Road. Two fields (5 acres and 7 acres) will be disked and seeded with top-sown wheat on North Side Road.
- Camp Robinson SUA – Two fields (3.5 acres southwest of tractor shed and 1.5 acres south of Lake Conway Nursery Pond) will be disked and seeded with top-sown wheat.
- Petit Jean River WMA – 12.5 acres of top-sown wheat just north of Pullen Pond (1 mile west of WMA work center on Kingfisher Lake Road).