No dove hunt invite? No sweat. Go public

Wildlife agencies in both Carolinas have planted and managed fields for public dove hunting.

For some hunters, opening day of dove season is the most-anticipated day of the year. It is generally the first day most hunters get to put on their camouflage and break out their shotguns. While most dove hunters join friends and family at a private, organized hunt, sometimes the invites don’t always make it around to everybody.

Fortunately, doves are near the top of the list of annual expenditures for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In North Carolina, more than 100 public dove fields between 40 and 100 acres in size are planted annually with sunflowers, millet, corn and other grains, specifically for doves and for the fall hunts. Doves love small seeds packed with carbohydrates.

The SCDNR and NCWRC manipulate plenty more fields for wildlife that often attract flocks of doves during the fall.

Hunters looking for a place to hunt doves this month don’t have to drive very far to find a good place to take a 15-bird limit on opening day. For more information about public dove fields, go to or

About Jeff Burleson 1311 Articles
Jeff Burleson is a native of Lumberton, N.C., who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences and is a certified biologist and professional forester for Southern Palmetto Environmental Consulting.

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