Originally created 08/30/98

Public fields available for dove shooters



Just lookin' for a shoot?

Georgia and South Carolina dove hunters don't have far to go this season, with their states' respective wildlife agencies providing a total of 70 fields.

There are 45 fields in South Carolina, 28 in Georgia.

If there is a drawback to hunting public fields it's that each is open only on certain days of the week.

Residents and non-residents must have a valid state hunting license, wildlife management area permit and a Migratory Birds Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting doves.

The HIP information is how each hunter fared last season on doves, ducks and/or coots, Canada and other geese, rails and gallinules, snipe and woodcock. The form contains a stamp to be peeled off and affixed to the hunting license carrier card. It must be in place before hunting.

Hunters should consult their respective 1998-99 hunting regulations booklets for days that wildlife management area dove fields are open. Directions, quota and check-in regulations and directions to each field are included.

The booklets can be obtained free wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Other, privately owned fields can be located by checking the classified advertising section of newspapers and other publications.