Preparing A Dove Field To Become A Dove Magnet

Jeff Dennis | Originally published in GameKeepers: Farming for Wildlife Magazine. To subscribe, click here.

Dove hunting can mean a great deal of things to those who have spent time in a prepared field over the years in pursuit of this small, grey bird. Retrieving dogs are in play, perhaps football updates on your smartphone, and some of the best opportunities of the year to give a shout out to someone who made a good shot. Making these scenarios come to life requires a commitment of time, money and land management knowledge - to first attract doves to your field and then have them imprint so they keep making annual return visits. 

What makes a dove field draw doves like a magnet? Certainly location has a great deal to do with it, a generous food source is also necessary, but sometimes it takes smaller land management tweaks along the way to improve your dove field. Over time, experienced land managers recognize when the field needs some disking, mowing or burning in order to tune it up. Then, it takes follow-up scouting with “boots on the ground” after each field manipulation to better understand what is effective for your field. Larger fields of 15 acres or more, in agricultural production areas that produce peanuts, wheat or corn likely already attract doves, and the task is simply how to congregate them into a small enough area to hunt. These larger types of areas are more likely to yield multiple hunts over the course of the hunting season and can usually accommodate more hunters. Contacts with these farming operations are cultivated over time by discerning dove hunters. 
Smaller fields of five acres or less have a limited amount of food to offer, but they can also be hotspots that yield one or two very good hunts each fall. An area as small as three acres, perhaps along a powerline right-of-way could be an option for small acreage landowners who would like to try and attract some doves, but this smaller zone might only support one or two guns during a hunt. The point is that if you want to try and attract doves then let your conscience be your guide. 
Like so many other habitat management objectives, a dove field needs a commitment of multiple years in order to derive consistent success. A well-managed dove field  can provide benefits to all wildlife, before, during and after the hunting season. When you begin to notice numerous species of wildlife utilizing your dove field all year long, that’s the true reward for all your efforts.
 

S.C. mourning dove hunt season kicks off Sept. 2 2019

Though it may likely be very warm, thousands of wing-shooters should nonetheless be eager to take the field for the start of the mourning dove hunting season in South Carolina in early September.

For many in these parts and throughout South Carolina, the opening day of dove season is synonymous with the beginning of fall and all of the outdoor activities that come with it, and if the weather cooperates, this year’s bird harvests promise to be plentiful, according to biologists with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
“We just recently completed our annual pre-season mourning dove survey,” said Michael W. Hook, coordinator for the SCDNR’s Small Game program. “The current estimated dove population should provide very good September hunts provided we have no widespread adverse weather events.”

Lamb County Texas Dove Quail Mule Deer Lease 170 acres

Pep, Tx area
POSTED: 07/19/2019
UPDATED: 07/19/2019
COUNTRY:
United States
STATE:
Texas
COUNTY:
Lamb
LEASE ZIP OR INTERNATIONAL POSTAL CODE:
79339
LEASE TYPE:
Standard Lease
LEASE TERM:
Annual
NUMBER OF OPENINGS AVAILABLE:
1
GUESTS PER GUN:
0
NUMBERS OF HUNTERS:
2
LEASE SIZE:
170.00
ALLOW GUESTS:
No
ALLOW CHILDREN:
Yes
CLOSEST CITY:
Littlefield
DISTANCE TO CITY:
20.00
PRICE:
$1,600.00
per lease
PRIMARY GAME:
Mule Deer
GAME AVAILABLE:
Mule Deer
Quail
Rabbit
WEAPON TYPE AVAILABLE:
Archery
Muzzleloader
Pistol
Rifles
Shotguns
LEASE FEATURES:
Brush
Trees
Full control of the hunting rights for CRANE, DEER, DOVE, HARES, HOG, RABBIT AND QUAIL.  Prefer two guns for property for entire lease.   From Littlefield, take highway 54 west to highway 303 south.  then bach west on cr 342.  (see attached map).  Property begins on CR 342 at CR53 and between CR49. 


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Dove Leases available in Schwertner, Bartlett, and Davilla TX

Dove Leases available in Schwertner, Bartlett, and Davilla TX. Several places available with tanks and shade. Email for availability. Lease options for both hunting seasons. Group rates available and preferred. If the post is still up we still have leases available!!!

$100 per day or $250 for both seasons (per gun)


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Lockhart TX Quail Lease 132 acres

STATE:
Texas
COUNTY:
Bastrop
LEASE ZIP OR INTERNATIONAL POSTAL CODE:
78644
LEASE TYPE:
Standard Lease
LEASE TERM:
Annual
NUMBER OF OPENINGS AVAILABLE:
4
GUESTS PER GUN:
2
NUMBERS OF HUNTERS:
4
LEASE SIZE:
132.00
ALLOW GUESTS:
Yes
ALLOW CHILDREN:
Yes
CLOSEST CITY:
AUSTIN
DISTANCE TO CITY:
35.00
PRICE:
$3,500.00
per lease
PRIMARY GAME: Dove


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Dove Hunting Travis County TX Available For Lease

I have some available spots on our Dove Hunting properties for the upcoming season.
 
Very convenient to Austin area. Season lease memberships only; no day hunting. Family & kid friendly. 6 total pastures to hunt. Safe, ethical, and law abiding hunters only.


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Lincoln and Siloam Springs Arkansas Area Public Hunting Fields Added to Dove Roster

by Arkansas Game and Fish 
Dove hunting fields near Lincoln and
Siloam Springs have been added to the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
private land permit areas.

Hunters looking for a private land dove
hunt this season will find more fields
and 82 more permits available each
weekend in September through the
Game and Fish drawn permit hunt system.

The agency has lined up the same field
it has had for two years near the community
of Blakemore between England and Lonoke
on Arkansas 31.

It has added fields near Slovak (Prairie County),
and near Lincoln and Siloam Springs.

"We had over 1,100 applicants for the
Blakemore field last year," said Garrick Dugger,
assistant chief of the Game and Fish
wildlife management division.
"In response to that, and knowing that a
number of people from all around Arkansas are
looking for a private-land hunts, we're
responding to the demand.

"We know that our wildlife management
areas up in Northwest Arkansas are
hunted heavily. We don't have a lot
of public land there that is conducive
to dove hunting. We have some, but most
of the hunters in Northwest Arkansas go to
wildlife management areas in the
Fort Smith and River Valley areas to hunt doves.”

Starting Aug. 1, hunters may apply for a
permit at www.agfc.com to hunt on any of
the four private fields in the program.
The cost to apply per hunter is $5. T
he draw for all locations will be held Aug. 16, and
applicants will be notified by email.

Kimbal County TX Dove Deer Hog Lease


Annual Lease 3 Spots
POSTED: 07/14/2019
UPDATED: 07/14/2019
COUNTRY:
United States
STATE:
Texas
COUNTY:
Kimble
LEASE ZIP OR INTERNATIONAL POSTAL CODE:
76849
LEASE TYPE:
Standard Lease
LEASE TERM:
Annual
NUMBER OF OPENINGS AVAILABLE:
3
NUMBERS OF HUNTERS:
3
LEASE SIZE:
710.00
ALLOW GUESTS:
Yes
ALLOW CHILDREN:
Yes
CLOSEST CITY:
Junction
DISTANCE TO CITY:
25.00


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2K Acre Dove Lease Katy, Texas

2000 Acre dove lease located in Katy, Texas. The property features a permanent water source (4 acre reservoir), guaranteed mow, and great tree lines serving as shade/camouflage for hunters while attracting doves as a place to land. We have had many successful hunts and now you have an opportunity to hunt it yourself through both dove splits. This property will be properly managed and maintained throughout the season ensuring the best possible hunt for you and safety for all lessees. Don't miss out on this limited opportunity.

$300 Per Member


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