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:
Greene County (60 acres of sunflowers) – Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13, Sept. 19-20 (20 permits available per weekend)
Lonoke County (30 acres of sunflowers) – Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13, Sept. 19-20 (20 permits available per weekend)
Prairie County (60 acres of harvested corn and top-sewn wheat) – Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13 (25 permits available per weekend)
Washington County (57 acres of harvested corn and top-sewn wheat) – Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13 (36 permits available per weekend)
Woodruff County (99 acres of harvested corn and top-sewn wheat) – Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13 (30 permits available per weekend)
Applications require a $5 processing fee for each hunt applied for. Permit winners will be notified after the drawing is complete Aug. 17 and will be emailed maps and directions to the fields they draw. No other hunting is allowed on these fields.
No scouting or access to the fields will be allowed outside of the hunt days a permit hunter draws. They may bring one hunting partner with them to enjoy the hunt, but both hunters must hunt together at a designated shooting station.
This is the first year AGFC biologists have been able to procure a private field in northeast Arkansas for the public draw dove hunts, which are now in their fourth year. The Woodruff County field also is a new location for hunters to try. The Prairie County field is new, but adjacent to last year’s field in that county.
The daily bag limit for mourning dove and white-winged dove is 15, with a possession limit of 45. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit for Eurasian collared-dove.