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Aug 9, 2011 9:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

LDWF seeking private leases for public dove hunts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for private fields to lease for public hunts on the opening day of dove season.
The department has leased recently harvested grain fields or freshly cut pastures on the opening day of dove season since 1994.
A news release says payments range from $750 for a 75-acre field to $2,000 for fields over 500 acres.
The fields will be open to public dove hunting only on Sept. 3, and department workers will be at each one to issue permits and monitor the hunt.
Permits cost $10 each for hunters who are at least 16 years old; children and younger teens hunt free.
Landowners seeking more information about the dove field lease program can contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay(at)wlf.la.gov.

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