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

  poor- plantings not yet mature low

 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. Only about 8 acres of the corn planted was successful and mature enough to begin mowing to attract doves for opening day. Peanuts will be harvested in mid-October.

Apalachicola River WEA

  good- still green though  low 

 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. Just started mowing the fields in prep for opening day.

Dinner Island SGHA

  poor/fair- due to wet fields  low 

 FWC staff planted approximately 200 acres of sorghum and Japanese millet. Additionally there are about 125 acres with natural food sources that are being manipulated for dove season.


   poor- due to army worms and hog damage fair 

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

Dupuis WMA

   good fair

 FWC staff planted 35 acres of Browntop millet.

Joe Budd WMA

      fair - damage from army worms and the field is still a little green  low

 millet and benne

 Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility

   fair fair

 FWC planted 100 acres of millet

Lake Wales Ridge WEA/ Royce Unit


good- however fields are wet, with standing water in some spots.

low  50 acres of Japanese, brown-top, dove proso millet, sorghum, and benne.


Updated 9/24/14

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