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Rain may change outlook for Arkansas dove, teal season openers

Sept. 2, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Cooler weather and rain may bring mixed emotions for wingshooters looking forward to some September seasons. Cloudbursts brought on the wings of Hurricane Laura have transformed some areas of the state overnight, affecting the prospects for dove hunting and early teal season this year. 

Public dove fields planned for Sept. 5

Aug. 19, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The drawing for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s private land dove field program is complete, but if you did not draw there’s still plenty of opportunity to enjoy some time sitting on a bucket at a good location on opening weekend of dove season. The AGFC has dove fields on 22 wildlife management areas throughout the state and has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide another on the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge for the 2020-21 dove season.

Harvest Information Program registration sees changes in Arkansas

Aug. 12, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Beginning this year all hunters who wish to pursue doves, ducks, geese and other migratory birds in Arkansas will need to register for the Harvest Information Program either online at, through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission smartphone app or at an AGFC regional office, nature center or shooting range. In an effort to improve the quality of data being submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas HIP registration will no longer be offered at license vendors such as sporting goods stores.

Apply for an Arkansas private land dove hunt August 1-15

July 31, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept applications for its private land dove hunting program Aug. 1-15 for five private fields throughout the state. The following locations and dates are available for the 2020 hunt drawing:

Northeast Arkansas field joins list for permitted dove hunts

July 15, 2020

JONESBORO – Dove hunters will have more than 300 acres of privately owned farmland available via drawn permit for the early weeks of Arkansas’s 2020 dove season, which opens Saturday, Sept. 5. Several regions of the state have been represented by the private land permit hunts in the past three years since the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission initiated the program, but this year will mark the first time a northeast Arkansas field has been part of the roster.

Storms dampen some dove fields for opening day

Aug. 28, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — With as much as a few inches of rain falling in some areas of the state within the last few days, dove hunters looking for options on opening day this Sunday are encouraged to scout ahead to ensure recent storms didn’t saturate their chances at a good dove hunt. Many fields will be ready, but a couple saw substantial precipitation, preventing them from being prepared before opening day. 

Dove hunters have many choices of public fields available through AGFC

Aug. 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Hunters will have many public options in their quest for dove when the season opens Sunday, Sept. 1. More than 80 dove fields across 21 wildlife management areas will host dove-hunting opportunities free for the public.