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2022 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.

2021-22 Arkansas Early Migratory Bird Seasons

Public Dove Fields Available for 2022


WMA County Acres of Dove Fields Forage Type
Big Lake WMA Mississippi 15 acres | Map Sunflowers, Millet
Cache River NWR *Nontoxic shot only. Requires a signed free permit. 
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Woodruff 40 acres | Map Sunflowers
Dardanelle WMA Johnson, Logan 15 acres | Map Wheat
Ed Gordon Point Remove WMA Conway 63 acres | Map Millet, Wheat
Fort Chaffee WMA
Persons entering Fort Chaffee WMA must attend a Sportsman’s Orientation class and comply with post regulations. Class schedule and locations are available by calling 479-484-3596, ext 2. Consumptive users must purchase a biennial sportsman’s permit ($20) while nonconsumptive or recreational users are required to have a biennial recreational permit ($5 charge). Both are available at the class. Renewals or replacements are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Environmental Office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crawford, Franklin,
Logan, Sebastian
28 acres | Map Wheat
​Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA​ Desha 32 acres | Map Wheat
Frog Bayou WMA Crawford 22 acres | Map Millet, Wheat
Galla Creek WMA Pope 44 acres | Map Wheat
George H. Dunklin Jr. Bayou Meto WMA Jefferson 32 acres | Map Wheat
Hope Upland WMA
*Dove hunting allowed only on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Hempstead 55 acres | Map Wheat
J. Perry Mikles Blue Mountain SUA Logan 4 acres | Map Wheat
Nimrod Lloyd Millwood WMA Yell 30 acres | Map Millet, Sorghum
Ozark Lake WMA Crawford 17 acres | Map Wheat
Petit Jean River WMA Yell 10 acres | Map Millet, Sorghum
Poison Springs WMA Nevada 30 acres | Map Wheat
Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA
*Dove hunting allowed only on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Hempstead 59 acres | Map Wheat
St. Francis Sunken Lands WMA Craighead 10 acres | Map Sunflowers
Trusten Holder WMA Desha 4 acres | Map Wheat
UofA Pine Tree Experimental Station WDA St. Francis 80 acres | Map Wheat
Wedington WMA Benton, Washington 32 acres | Map Millet, Wheat