TWRA Seeking Dove Field Leases

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking fields to lease for the upcoming 2017 dove season. The first segment of dove season opens at noon on Friday, Sept. 1.

Mourning doves are a popular game bird and one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. More mourning doves are harvested than all other migratory bird species combined in 39 of the continental states. In Tennessee, an estimated 12,000 hunters harvested approximately 290,000 mourning doves last year.

Landowners can earn up to $3,600 for providing a dove field for public hunting. These fields must be available for a minimum of three priority hunt dates in September.

TWRA began its leased dove field program in the late 1980s and the program has been very successful in providing quality hunting opportunities for hunters. In addition to leased fields, many public dove fields are provided on wildlife management areas in each TWRA region.

The TWRA website will have specific information about WMAs and leased dove fields in each region by Aug. 15.The standard fall leased field is a harvested grain field to which TWRA leases the hunting rights for three priority dates. The hunting access rate paid to landowners for fall leased fields may be up to $75 per acre for a maximum of 40 acres.

Fields that are top sown with wheat are eligible for an additional $15 per acre. Interested landowners must sign up their fields in August.

Anyone interested in leasing a dove field to TWRA should contact their TWRA regional office. The TWRA has four regional offices across the state that interested landowners can contact: Region I (West Tennessee) 731-423- 5725 or toll free 1-800-372-3928; Region II (Middle Tennessee) 615-781-6622 or toll free 1-800- 624-7406; Region III (Upper Cumberland) 931-484-9571 or toll free 1-800- 262-6704; Region IV (EastTennessee) 423-587-7037 or 1-800-332-0900.


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