New private land available as dove permit period opens

    An additional region of the state, the southwest quadrant, will be served this dove season by the addition of a private field in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s private-land permit dove hunting program.

    A 40-acre field planted in sunflowers and situated in Lafayette County near Gin City, west of Bradley, will be part of the program, offering permit hunting during the first three weekends of the 2021 Arkansas dove season, which opens Sept. 4. This field joins four other previously leased fields in northeast, northwest and central Arkansas. Two fields will offer hunting during the first two weeks of the season, and three others will have hunting for the first three weekends.

    The AGFC will accept applications for the hunts Aug. 1-15 for the five private fields throughout the state, with the drawing for permits held Aug. 18.

    The following locations and dates are available for the 2021 hunt drawing:

    • Greene County (60 acres of sunflowers; may have top-sewn wheat in some areas) — Sept. 4-5, Sept. 11-12 (20 permits available per weekend).
    • Lonoke County (30 acres of sunflowers) — Sept. 4-5, Sept. 11-12, Sept. 18-19 (20 permits available per weekend).
    • Prairie County (60 acres of sunflowers) — Sept. 4-5, Sept. 11-12, Sept. 18-19 (45 permits available per weekend).
    • Washington County (57 acres of harvested corn and top-sewn wheat) — Sept. 4-5, Sept. 11-12 (40 permits available per weekend).
    • Lafayette County (40 acres of sunflowers) — Sept. 4-5, Sept. 11-12, Sept. 18-19 (16 permits).

    Applications require a $5 processing fee. Applicants may choose a particular weekend or field, and a second choice. Permit winners will be notified after the drawing and will be emailed maps and directions to their fields. No other hunting is allowed on these fields. No scouting or access to the fields will be allowed outside of the hunt days drawn. Hunters may bring one hunting partner with them to enjoy the hunt, but both hunters must hunt together at a designated shooting station within the permitted area. 

    To apply starting Sunday, Aug. 1, for a permit, click on the “Buy Licenses\Check Game” button at the top of the agfc.com website. Once in the system, go to “Special Hunt Applications.”

    Visit www.agfc.com/dove for more information on dove fields and dove hunting in Arkansas.

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