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2023 Public Dove Fields

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission prepares a few fields each year for the opening weekend of dove season so the public has a place to enjoy this exciting form of wingshooting.

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.

Steel shot is required for all migratory bird hunting (including doves) on the following WMAs: Bell Slough, Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita, Big Lake, Camp Robinson, Cypress Bayou, Cut-Off Creek, Dave Donaldson Black River, Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc, Earl Buss Bayou DeView, Ed Gordon Point Remove, Frog Bayou, Galla Creek, George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto, Harris Brake, Henry Gray Hurricane Lake, Petit Jean, Rex Hancock Black Swamp, Seven Devils, Steve N. Wilson Raft Creek Bottoms, Sheffield Nelson Dagmar, Shirey Bay Rainey Brake.

2023-24 Arkansas Early Migratory Bird Seasons

Public Dove Fields Available for 2023


WMA County Acres of Dove Fields Forage Type
Big Lake WMA *Nontoxic shot only. Mississippi 5 acres | Map Sunflowers
Camp Robinson SUA Faulkner 35 acres | Map Sunflowers, Wheat
Dardanelle WMA Johnson, Logan 15 acres | Map Wheat
Dave Donaldson Black River WMA Clay 24 acres | Map Sunflowers, Wheat
Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA *Nontoxic shot only. Conway 59 acres | Map Millet, Wheat
Fort Chaffee WMA
A General Use Permit (WMP) is required. The process and requirements for participating in hunting, fishing, trapping and other approved recreational activities at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center (FCJMTC) has changed. All facets of the Outdoor Recreation Program are conducted online at Permits are issued exclusively online through RecAccess at All current (not expired) permit holders must integrate with by September 1, 2022. The Open Compartment Schedule is available online and must be checked prior to entry. Beginning September 1, 2022, users are required to check-in/out when recreating at FCJMTC. For more information, visit or call the FCJMTC Environmental Branch at 479-484-2226 or 479-484-2777. Public use compartments may be closed at any time due to military training.  
Sebastian 28 acres | Map Wheat
​Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA​ Desha 32 acres | Map Wheat
Frog Bayou WMA Crawford 30 acres | Map Sunflowers, Wheat
Galla Creek WMA *Nontoxic shot only. Pope 45 acres | Map Wheat
George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMA *Nontoxic shot only. Jefferson 32 acres | Map Wheat
Hope Upland WMA
*Dove hunting allowed only on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Hempstead 75 acres | Map Wheat
J. Perry Mikles Blue Mountain SUA Logan 4 acres | Map Wheat
Nimrod Lloyd Millwood WMA Yell 30 acres | Map Millet, Sorghum, Wheat
Ozark Lake WMA Crawford 12 acres | Map Wheat, Sunflowers
Petit Jean River WMA *Nontoxic shot only. Yell 10 acres | Map Millet, Sorghum, Wheat
Poison Springs WMA Nevada 30 acres | Map Wheat
Raft Creek White 14 acres | Map Wheat
Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA
*Dove hunting allowed only on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Hempstead 77 acres | Map Wheat
Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA Lawrence 38 acres | Map Sunflowers, Wheat
St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA Craighead 20 acres | Map Sunflowers
Trusten Holder WMA Desha 4 acres | Map Wheat
U of A Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA St. Francis 21 acres | Map Wheat
Wedington WMA Benton, Washington 32 acres | Map Millet, Wheat