Ross Mtn. Dove Field, US Forest Service

Property Location

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Latitude: 34.837  Longitude:-83.106
Acreage: 35
County: Oconee
Game Zone: 1

Property Type: Dove Field

Hours of Operation

Fields and Regulations Information

Activities / Facilities


Property Owner Information

US Forest Service

'US Forest Service' is the property Owner and has a cooperative partnership with SCDNR to manage this property.

Property Description

This dove field resides within Sumter National Forest - Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Photograph of Dove Field

The Ross Mountain Public Dove Field is a 35-acre field, located north of Walhalla off of SC 28 on Ross Rd. It is owned by the United States Forest Service (USFS).

Hunters utilizing this field must have a valid hunting license, wildlife management area (WMA) permit and migratory bird permit. Other game species may be hunted on this dove field when dove season is closed.

The field is open on Saturday afternoons only during the first, second and third dove season, unless posted otherwise. Signs are posted at the entrance to the field providing specific dates the field is open each year. Hunters cannot enter the field until 12:00 noon and the field closes at 6:00 pm during the first segment of the season. Hunters are limited to 50 shells per hunt.

The field is planted by DNR each year in agricultural crops such as wheat, browntop millet, sunflowers, sorghum and corn that provide food for doves and other wildlife and cover for hunters. Each year, prior to opening day, a portion of the crops is bushhogged or burned and strips are disked throughout the field to provide some bare ground.

Hunters must also park at the designated parking area. Shotguns with magazines must be plugged so they hold no more than two (2) shells in the magazine. Hunters are cautioned to avoid shooting low birds and to hunt safely. Hunters are also required to carry out all their trash including spent shell hulls. All other federal, state and WMA regulations apply.