The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks offers the Private Lands Dove Field Program. This year, there is even more opportunity.
With the addition of several new fields, hunts are now available at seven sites across the state, up from five last year.
Fields are located in Prentiss, Tate, Kemper, Rankin, Copiah, Jones and Pearl River counties and have been planted in various small-grain crops preferred by doves such as sunflowers, browntop millet and corn.
Only a limited number of permits are available on each field. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A permit will allow for a person to hunt a field on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons for the first two dove seasons. Hunting only three afternoons per week helps maintain hunt quality.
MDWFP offers three different permits that are required for hunters 16 years old and older. Up to two youths can hunt with a permitted adult hunter free of charge.