WMA Dove Fields Update

Update - Wildlife Management Area Fields

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Dove Field

Previous Hunt: Hunters/Doves Harvested

Field Condition

Number of doves


Apalachee WMA

  good low-moderate

 Contract farmers planted 121 acres of peanuts and 6 acres of corn. FWC staff planted 7.5 acres of sorghum, 6 acres of benne, and 16 acres of corn. Peanuts will be harvested in mid-October.

Apalachicola River WEA

  good fair

FWC staff planted 100 acres (30 fields) of proso and pearl millets, sorghum and Egyptian Wheat. 

Blackwater WMA

  good  low FWC staff planted 55 acres of browntop, dove proso, pearl millet.

Dinner Island SGHA

Nov. 15


good- strips were disked Wednesday. Fields are drying up and the sorghum is producing seed.


FWC staff planted approximately 200 acres of sorghum and Japanese millet. Fields have been wet. Strips will be mowed the week of each hunt.


   The dove fields have been replanted for winter food plots Low- there are some birds around where the pines are dropping seeds.

FWC staff planted 20 acres of Japanese, browntop, proso millets. Fields will be mowed in prep for opening day.

Dupuis WMA

Nov. 16


 good low-fair

 FWC staff planted 35 acres of Browntop millet. Field has been fairly dry.

Joe Budd WMA



fair- manager reports that there have been few hunters, but that they have been harvesting more birds. So bird numbers seem to be picking up.

Field is planted in millet and benne and looks great. Benne is drying and dropping lots of seed.  Fresh strips have been mowed in the millet.

 Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility

17/48  good- field has dried out and more strips have been mowed. low-probably due to abundance of natural food.

FWC planted 100 acres of millet.  Field is still damp.

Lake Wales Ridge WEA/ Royce Unit

Nov. 15



good- on going mowing and disking.

low- manager reports that even though there have been low harvest numbers, there has been lots of shooting and hunters report seeing good numbers of birds. More hunters are needed to help move the birds from field to field. Field has 50 acres of Japanese, brown-top, dove proso millet, sorghum, and benne. Field has been wet with standing water in some spots.


Updated 11/20/14

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