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Public Dove Fields Available for Opening Day
Opening day of dove season is the kickoff to fall hunting. Many organizations, such as 4-H clubs and churches organize dove shoots on private land, and some farmers put on hunts at their fields for a small access fee. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages a few public fields on wildlife management areas to attract doves on opening day as well.
Many AGFC fields are top-sown wheat or burned grasslands, which are unaffected by drought conditions.
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 during 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 2013-14 season:
Brinkley Regional Office – 877-734-4581
- Holland Bottoms WMA (Dove hunting ends at noon) – 20 acres of top-sown wheat
- Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms WMA – 25 acres of burned and strip-disked wheat
- Prairie Bayou - 10 acres of top-sown wheat
Fort Smith Regional Office -- 877-478-1043
- Ozark Lake WMA - 17-acre sunflower field on Vine Prairie Road
- Dardanelle WMA - 8 acres of top-sown wheat on O'Kane Island
- J. Perry Mikles SUA - 5 acres of top-sown wheat on new Highway 109
- Ft. Chaffee WMA - two 5-acre what fields in Compartment 3, one 4-acre wheat field in Compartment 4 and one 5-acre wheat field in Compartment 6A.
- 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) – 29 acres of top-sown wheat; 49 acres of millet
- Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA (Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only during statewide dove season) – 25 acres of top-sown wheat; 53 acres of millet
Monticello Regional Office – 877-367-3559
- Bayou Meto WMA - four fields (34 acres total) of top-sown wheat
- Trusten Holder WMA - Seven fields (103 acres total ) of burned grass fields
Northwest Arkansas Regional Office – 866-253-2506
- Wedington WMA - two fields (one 5 acres and one 8 acres) sunflower/millet mixture
- McIlroy Madison County WMA - Two 5-acre fields sunflower/millet mixture
Russellville Regional Office – 877-967-7577
- Camp Robinson SUA (Open only during the first two weeks of the statewide season) - two fields (3 acres and 10 acres) brown top millet (contact 501-470-3650 for details)
- Galla Creek WMA – One field (10 acres) brown top millet; four fields (10 acres each) top-sown wheat
- Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA (Wylie Cox SUA open only during the first two weeks of the statewide season) - one field (15 acres) brown top millet; four fields (25 acres total) top-sown wheat.