Landowners and farmers with grain crops, do not miss out on the extra money available just in the manner your crops are harvested. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking dove fields to lease for public hunting for the upcoming 2016 dove season. They should promptly contact their TWRA regional office for consideration.
Landowners can time their harvest, or partially harvest their grain or millet hay fields to be eligible. Rates paid to landowners will be $75 per acre for a maximum field size of 40 acres for a maximum contract of $3,000 per field; wheat crops earn an additional $15 per acre (max of $3,600). At least three priority dates for public hunting are required. More information is at www.tnwildlife.org.
Dove hunters can find the fields leased by TWRA, which cost nothing to use, at the above website two or three weeks before the season opens. The first phase of dove season begins at noon on Thursday, Sept. 1.