Need a Place to Hunt? Go Online
Hunters looking to places to hunt doves when the season opens Sept. 1, can find these areas and more online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has food plots on several wildlife management areas specifically to attract doves during their migration.
The list of areas with food plots is under the Migratory Game Birds link, then click on Mourning Doves. The information is listed under Mourning Dove Hunting Information in the middle of the page.
Food plots are generally cover 1 to 5 acres and most are planted with sunflowers, with wheat, millet or buckwheat as other options. The exact locations are not identified on the areas.
Another option is to use the DNR’s Hunting Atlas.
The hunting atlas is another online resource at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting that identifies more than 600,000 acres of state, federal and county land where hunting is allowed. The Hunting Atlas link is near the top of the page.
Using an aerial view, hunters can search the state for areas catering to certain species; or find a new area to hunt close to home or across the state.
Once an area is selected, information will be displayed on the name of the area, its size, habitat type, species potentially found on the area and if nontoxic shot is required. There is also links to the area map and more.