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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 2015-16 season:
Brinkley Regional Office – 877-734-4581
Fort Smith Regional Office – 877-478-1043
- Ozark Lake WMA – 17 acres south of Vine Prairie Park.
- Dardanelle WMA – One 8-acre field on Okane Island.
- Ft. Chaffee WMA – five fields totalling 30 acres.
- Petit Jean River WMA – Three patches totalling 6 acres in a field southwest of Kingfisher and Pullen Pond roads.
Hope Regional Office – 877-777-5580
Monticello Regional Office – 877-367-3559
Jonesboro Regional Office – 877-972-5438
- St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA – One 4-acre field, but it's far behind due to extremely wet spring.
Russellville Regional Office – 877-967-7577
- Galla Creek WMA – Flooding from the Arkansas River this summer has hampered our efforts. toward dove fields. The road that we use to access the sandbar suffered extensive flood damage. We are hopeful that we will be able to access this portion of the WMA prior to dove season. If we are able to access the sandbar, we plan to have 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 of top-sown wheat (55 acres). (Area requires a free Sweet 16 Hunter Use permit, click here for more information.)
- Camp Robinson SUA – Two fields of top-sown wheat (12 acres total).