Dove season opens at noon Saturday and hunters needing a place to open the months-long hunting season need look to any of four state-leased areas.
The areas, and directions from Baton Rouge, include:
•?325 acres near Welsh: Interstate-10 west to Exit 59 at Roanoke, then north on La. 395 to Blanchard Road. Turn left (west) on Blanchard Road to Compton Road.
The field is on the southwest corner of Blanchard and Compton roads.
•?100 acres at Dream Hunts Resort, Rapides Parish: Area planted in browntop millet and is located on La. 1 at La. 3170.
•?500 acres near DeRidder: Planted in shredded or cut corn. U.S. 190 west to DeRidder, about five miles to the field on the north side of U.S. 190. The check-in station is located at the rice dryers.
•?310 acres in Grant Parish: Field is harvested milo. North on Interstate 49 to the Boyce exit, then La. 8 north across the Red River. Turn left after crossing the bridge, then follow the levee road less than one mile, then look for the signs.
These fields will be open Saturday from noon to sunset only. The fee for hunters 16 and older is $10 (no fee for younger hunters).
The LDWF will limit the number of hunters in each field, and admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunters need all appropriate licenses and also need to have a HIP (federal Harvest Information Program) certificate.
All shotguns must have a plug and shot size is limited to No. 7-1/2 , 8 and 9 shot. Regulations are posted on the LDWF’s website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov
Is it legal?
A note from Arkansas Game & Fish about the dove season. If you’re hunting a field, check the area to make sure it’s not violating federal baiting rules.
According to the AGFC, “legal dove fields” include:
e_SBlt?Planting grain crops in a field that has been plowed and disked (including top-sown or aerially seeded wheat fields) is legal as long as seeding rates jibe with extension service recommendations.
e_SBlt?Harvesting a field and scatter waste grain which attracts birds. If the harvest was conducted as “normal agricultural operation,” it’s legal.
e_SBlt?Unharvested fields can be mowed, shredded, disked, rolled, chopped, trampled, burned or treated with herbicides.
e_SBlt?Livestock may be allowed to graze on harvested and unharvested grain - called “hogging down.”
These fields may be hunted legally for doves.
Several reports came from the Central Coast about a “jubilee,” a period when fish, crabs and shrimp come to the water’s surface trying to get oxygen. Grand Isle was the center of this rare occurrence.
LDWF marine biologist Harry Blanchet said conditions were ripe for this to happen. The rivers had dumped large amount of organic matter into warm and getting warmer coastal areas. A cold front brought northerly winds to the coast last Friday, a process that strips oxygenated water from the surface and leaves cooler but less oxygenated water for the marine organisms.
“The water turned emerald green-blue ? we started to see dead crabs in the surf once the prettier water moved in,” Baton Rougean Carter Fourrier reported. “The prettier water was much cooler than the usual brownish-green water. We were able to catch trout, flounder and drum using dip nets.”