Permit needed for 700-acre site

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a leased dove field hunt in Ragley on Saturday, the opening day of the second split of dove hunting season. 

According to LDWF, strips have been mowed throughout 700 acres cover crop of sorghum sudan, barnyard grass, pearl millet, cowpeas and sun hemp. 

The field is at the intersection of Chris Cormier and Leon Dartez Rd, on the southwest side of Texas Eastern Rd, 6.4 miles south of Hwy 190.  Dogs allowed, ATV’s allowed only on field roads.  

Contact Kori Legleu at 337-491-2575 for more information.

All hunters will need a daily permit.   Hunters under 18 are required to have a permit, but will not be charged for the permit.  

Only non-toxic shot size 6 and smaller may be used. No lead shot is to be used.

Go to for more information on the hunt and for other public dove hunting opportunities on LDWF wildlife management areas (WMAs).

 Louisiana dove hunters are reminded that a new regulation governing the type of shot they may use on WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields is in effect for the 2017-18 hunting season. Hunters on those areas will be limited to the use of non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller for dove hunting.

 The change is intended to reduce the deposition of lead shot and potential effects of lead on wildlife. Current research has demonstrated that in dove fields and areas surrounding dove fields, deposition of lead is high and concentration of lead is elevated in the soil.

 The regulation was proposed and adopted in order to mitigate the potential exposure of lead to wildlife in areas impacted by this activity. Go to the LDWF web site at to see the 2017-18 hunting rules and regulations.