MDWFP offers public dove hunting opportunities - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

MDWFP offers public dove hunting opportunities

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks offers public dove hunting opportunities on leased private lands throughout the state.

The Private Lands Dove Field Program began in 2004 in an effort to provide additional public dove hunting opportunities. 

For this hunting season, private land dove fields will be located in Kemper, Panola, Pearl River, Scott, and Webster counties.  

“Dove hunting is very popular; however, MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family-friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Leader. 

Havens says, “MDWFP has partnered with farmers to make their fields available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.” 

 Hunting is by permit only for persons 16 years of age and older. Click here to purchase a permit which will go on sale August 10.  

Hunters who purchase permits will be granted access to the field on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday afternoons during the first two dove seasons (North Dove Zone are September 5 - October 7 and October 10 - October 31 and the South Dove Zone are September 5 - September 13 and October 10 - November 15). 

Up to two youth hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt with each permitted adult hunter 21 years of age or older at no additional cost. 

A limited number of permits are available ranging from $100 - $115 each. Permit fees are used to pay for field preparation. 

To purchase a permit or for more information on the Private Lands Dove Field Program, including aerial photos of the fields and complete hunting regulations, click here to visit MDWFP website or contact the Wildlife Bureau at (601) 432-2199.

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