Hunters visiting Tattnall County are able to take advantage of the late dove season and hunt on a private field thanks to the Voluntary Public Access program.
This field is 67 acres of planted sorghum and sunflowers and will be open each Saturday through Jan. 9, 2016. Hunters should sign-in at kiosk located at field (7498 Kennedy Bridge Road, Manassas), and park in designated areas. It is advisable to scout ahead of time, as doves get more unpredictable this time of year.
This year, six new dove field properties were made ready for the public. These properties are privately owned but made available through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the Voluntary Public Access (VPA)/Habitat Incentive Program. This program provides grants to states and federally recognized Indian tribes that help increase public access to private lands for recreation activities, such as hunting, fishing or hiking.
Each year, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division personnel prepare a dove field forecast for wildlife management areas and some additional fields identifying available crops and anticipates the conditions for opening day. This forecast notes if fields are in excellent, good, fair or poor condition and is now available at www.georgiawildlife.com/DoveForecast.