Landowners can get paid for leasing their property for the start of dove hunting season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is calling on private landowners in the state to help them improve the quality of opening day of dove hunting season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is calling on private landowners in the state to help them improve the quality of opening day of dove hunting season.

LDWF officials are willing to pay private landowners and farmers who would, in turn, to lease their land on Sept. 7, 2019, which is the opening day for dove hunting season.

Mourning dove
Mourning Dove (Courtesy: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

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The department pays landowners based on the size of the field. Payments range from $950 to $2,500 based on the acreage of the field being leased.

Fields must be at least 50 acres to be leased. The state is only seeking to lease private lands for one day, Sept. 7, 2019.

LDWF handles all the details, including having personnel on hand the day of the hunt to issue permits to hunters and directing them on where they can and can’t go.

“On some of our wildlife management areas across the state we plant dove fields and they’re very popular on opening weekend,’’ said Dr. Jeffrey Duguay, the LDWF’s Research and Survey Program Manager. “But we’re limited on how many fields we have and demand is greater than supply on that day. So we’d like to enlist more private landowners and farmers from throughout the state to increase opportunity for dove hunters. Our staff takes care of all the logistics for that day.’’

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Dove Hunting
Dove Hunting (Courtesy: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)
Group Dove Hunting
Group Dove Hunting (Courtesy: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

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LDWF also has a program that offers assistance to private landowners and farmers with wildlife management activities through its Private Lands Technical Assistance Program.

Biologists with the department are able to assist landowners with dove field establishment as well as a wide variety of other wildlife management practices.

For more information on the dove field leasing program, contact Dr. Duguay at jduguay@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2353.

For more information on the Private Lands Technical  Assistance Program go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/assistance-private-landowners-and-m.