Louisiana dove hunters will have four sites to open Saturday’s season.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has leased acreage in three parishes, one near Wilmer in Tangipahoa Parish, two in Jeff Davis Parish and another near DeRidder. Hunting hours will be noon to sunset.
Another south Louisiana public lands hunt for the season opener includes a half-hour before sunrise to sunset on the Point Farm Unit of the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA in Terrebonne Parish for opening day with dove hunting on all other days at this location ending at noon.
Leased and public hunt rules include:
Hunters are required to have proper licenses, including HIP certificate for hunters 16 and older, and, if hunting on a WMA, hunters ages 18 to 59 are also required to have a $15 WMA Hunting Permit stamp;
Alcoholic beverages prohibited;
Only shot sizes allowed are No. 7½ , No. 8 and No. 9;
Trash, including shell hulls, must be removed;
Doves on take include mourning, whitewing and fully dressed Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves;
All hunters must have a daily permit issued at the site. Before noon, hunters should form a line to allow permits to be issued in order of hunters’ arrivals at hunting location;
There is a $10 fee per hunter 16 and older. There is no charge for hunters 15 and younger, but they must check-in and have a permit.
Leased fields are open to the public Saturday only.
Other public dove hunting is listed on the LDWF website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove.