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Area fields added to dove roster

by Arkansas Game and Fish | July 16, 2019 at 1:00 a.m.
Jeff Lawrence of Little Rock, right, holds court with Tyler Lawrence, middle, John Wilkerson and Adam Ratcliffe (white hat) are shown during the opening day dove hunt at Ratcliffe Farms in Sweet Home.

Dove hunting fields near Lincoln and Siloam Springs have been added to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission private land permit areas.

Hunters looking for a private land dove hunt this season will find more fields and 82 more permits available each weekend in September through the Game and Fish drawn permit hunt system.

The agency has lined up the same field it has had for two years near the community of Blakemore between England and Lonoke on Arkansas 31.

It has added fields near Slovak (Prairie County), and near Lincoln and Siloam Springs.

"We had over 1,100 applicants for the Blakemore field last year," said Garrick Dugger, assistant chief of the Game and Fish wildlife management division. "In response to that, and knowing that a number of people from all around Arkansas are looking for a private-land hunts, we're responding to the demand.

"We know that our wildlife management areas up in Northwest Arkansas are hunted heavily. We don't have a lot of public land there that is conducive to dove hunting. We have some, but most of the hunters in Northwest Arkansas go to wildlife management areas in the Fort Smith and River Valley areas to hunt doves."

Starting Aug. 1, hunters may apply for a permit at to hunt on any of the four private fields in the program. The cost to apply per hunter is $5. The draw for all locations will be held Aug. 16, and applicants will be notified by email.

Chosen hunters will receive directions to their field well in advance of the Sept. 1 opening day of dove season. The first weekend will cover Sept. 2-3, which includes Labor Day.

Successful applicants may be accompanied by a second hunter of any age who may hunt at the same shooting station. All hunters will still require an Arkansas hunting license and registration in the federal Harvest Information Program before hunting. Licenses can be obtained at or at many outdoors stores.

Each field was planted in a variety of food doves tend to favor. The Northwest Arkansas fields have either sunflowers or millet.

The additions bring the total number of shooting stations available for public draw to 102 per hunting day. The field near Siloam Springs will allow for 26 hunting spots per day. The Lincoln field will have 16 stations. The field at Blakemore has space for 20 hunting stations. The Slovak field is large enough to accommodate 40 hunting stations each day.

Sports on 07/16/2019

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