To buy your HIP Stamp online, CLICK HERE.
Four species of doves are legal to hunt in Kansas: mourning dove, Eurasian collared-dove, ringed turtle-dove, and white-winged dove. Pigeons, also known as rock doves or rock pigeons, are classified as a pest species, not a game species, and can be shot year-round.
Mourning and white-winged doves are native to North America, while Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle- doves were introduced. Of these four species, white-winged doves are the largest, followed by Eurasian collared-, ringed turtle-, and mourning doves. Mourning doves have a pointed tail, whereas the other three species have rounded tails. As their name implies, white-winged doves have a large, white wing patch.
Mourning doves are one of the most common bird species in North America. They are hunted in 39 of the 48 conterminous states and their harvest exceeds that of all other migratory game birds (ducks, geese, swans, cranes, rails, woodcock, and snipe) combined. Currently, Kansas is participating in a nationwide mourning dove banding study. Hunters are asked to check their doves for leg bands and if found, report them to the Bird Banding Lab (1-800-327-BAND, www.pwrc.usgs.gov).
Kansas typically has one of the highest breeding indices for mourning doves in the U.S., as measured by the annual Call Count Survey in May. Mourning doves nest in trees, shrubs, and on the ground in crop fields and grasslands. A mourning dove pair can produce up to 3-4 broods of two young per year in Kansas.
Although most mourning doves migrate south by October, many remain in Kansas throughout the fall and some throughout the winter. Kansas’ dove harvest is in the top five in the U.S. Doves in Kansas are primarily hunted in harvested grain fields (particularly sunflowers and millet) and small water holes or windmill ponds in pastures. Some KDWP wildlife areas, mainly in the southeastern and southcentral portions of the state, manage some crop fields for dove hunting.
The Eurasian collared-dove is a native of Europe and Asia. It was accidentally introduced to the Bahamas in the early 1970s when some birds in a pet store were released. By 1996, collared doves had reached Kansas. Collared doves are very similar in appearance to ringed turtle-doves and these two species apparently interbreed. Ringed turtle-doves, however, are more dependent on humans than collared doves. Because these two species are so similar in appearance, most people assume that all light-colored doves with a partial black ring across the back of the neck are Eurasian collared-doves. Thus, there is little distribution information for ringed turtle-doves and the hybrids of these species. In Kansas, collared doves have been reported throughout Kansas in all but eight counties. However, hunters are not likely to shoot one because they tend to stay close to towns, where shooting is not permitted.
Historically, the white-winged dove was a native of Mexico and the southwestern portion of the U.S. and was rarely seen in Kansas. During the past 10 years, numbers of whitewing sightings in Kansas have increased substantially and have been reported in 36 counties. Although white-winged doves are more rural than Eurasian collared-doves and ringed turtle-doves, hunters are unlikely to encounter them because their densities are much lower and sightings tend to occur more in spring and summer than in fall.
All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl Stamp), and all hunters who are required to obtain a hunting license must also have a Kansas State Waterfowl Stamp and a Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) stamp before hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers. (Those not required to have a Kansas hunting license include people hunting their own land, and residents 15 and younger)
NEW FOR 2016: The 48 Hour Waterfowl hunt license is no longer available for KS waterfowl hunters, it has been replaced by the Annual Hunt License.
Annual Hunting License - All resident hunters age 16 through 74 must have a resident hunting license unless exempt by Kansas Law. Nonresident hunters, regardless of age, must have a nonresident hunting license. Annual hunting licenses can be purchased online by clicking here or through all licensed agents, or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offices.
Waterfowl Stamps and Licence - All Waterfowl stamps and licenses can be bought at any licensed Agent , Pratt Operations Office , or online, EXCEPT for the Federal Waterfowl Stamp which is bought at a US Post Office, KDWPT Regional and Park Offices, and select license agents. All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.
- Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
- State Waterfowl Stamp: $10
- Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $26.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.
State stamps are available at any licensed agent, online , Pratt Operations Office or Regional office. Federal stamps are available at a US Post Office, Pratt Operations Office or Regional office . Federal stamps must be signed across the face of the stamp.
Waterfowl stamps are not required to hunt Coot, Dove, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock, or Sandhill Crane. HIP is required.
If hunting Sandhill Crane, in addition to a hunting license ( if required), a federal sandhill crane hunting permit issued through and validated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is required to hunt cranes. Crane permits obtained in other states are not valid in Kansas. The validated permit ($7.50 validation fee) is available at any licensed agent , online , Pratt Operations Office , or Regional office .
All Kansas sandhill crane hunters must pass the "Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters" before obtaining a sandhill crane hunting permit.
"Online Test for Sandhill Crane Hunters." Click this link to take an online test that provides information about identifying whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and look-alike species, as well as the hunter’s ability to choose safe shots. The test is both entertaining and informative and only takes a few minutes.
Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements
Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.
Doves; management unit, hunting season, shooting hours, and bag and possession limits.
Migratory Doves; legal equipment, taking methods, and possession.
Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits
Managed Dove Hunting Areas on KDWPT Public Lands
2017 Fields Managed for Dove Hunting
Below are fields managed for dove hunting by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and other locations with dove hunting opportunities available. Weather, soil moisture, and other factors could prevent management as planned. For the most up-to-date information, click on the area name in the left column or contact the area manager.
Located North of Belleville, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Brzon website for more details and updates.
Sunflowers are planted on an 8 acre field. It is located in the southwest side of the property, just west of the information center along Fir Rd. Several, small ponds in the middle of the area also attract doves.
The entire area will be open ONLY to Youth hunters and their mentors September 1, 2 and 3. Each hunter 16 and older must be accompanied by at least one youth 15 and younger. The area will be open to ALL dove hunters Sept. 4 through September 30.
All other hunting is controlled through the Special Hunt program and drawing and a Special Hunt permit is required.
Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required through September 30 and will be available at the Information Center.
|Cedar Bluff|| |
For the 2017 Mourning Dove season there will be two managed dove fields available on the Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area. The Page Creek field is a mowed sunflower field that is open to all hunters. This is a traditional dove field located at the south end of Page Creek on the south side of AA Road. The second field is also a mowed sunflower field that is open to Youth Mentor hunting only. This field is located east of Hwy 147 adjacent to the park entrance.
Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required of all hunters and will be available at each field for the first week of dove season.
Located south of Ogallah, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Cedar Bluff website for more details and updates. Kent Hensley (785) 726-3212
|Glen Elder|| |
Located near Downs, Cawker City and Glen Elder, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Glen Elder WA website for more details and updates.
All designated dove management areas described below require NON-TOXIC SHOT. This includes all areas within ¼ mile of managed fields. If hunters choose to hunt other locations on the WA not specifically managed for doves, non-toxic shot is not required. Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season. Wheat fields will be burned, mowed, or lightly disked. All managed dove areas will have mowed parking areas and mowed walking trails to the fields
THE NORTH FORK FIELDS (designated on 8/29) WILL BE CLOSED TO HUNTING ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 2nd the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 6. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Sept. 7 the field will be open to all hunters for the remainder of the season. The youth field will be designated around August 24th and will be listed below.
County Line Fields- 3 miles east of Downs and about 1 mile south of Highway 24. One 16 acre sunflower field located on the east side of road and 7 acres of wheat on east end of sunflowers.
Cawker City Fields- 1/2 mile southwest of Cawker City on the south side of the dike below the pump station. One 20 acre field of sunflowers on east side of canal and 8 acres of wheat west of the canal. Hunters should park at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk SW over the dike.
North Fork Fields- (This is the YOUTH FIELD for 2017) 1 mile south of Downs, 2 miles east, 1 mile back to north and ¼ mile east again. (next to old logjam area). One 16 acre sunflower field and 6 acres of wheat 100 yards SE of sunflowers.
North Granite Creek Field- ¼ mile north of Highway 24 on 150 Rd. (west side of road, just north of railroad tracks. One wheat field that is 4 acres in size.
West Granite Creek Field- Approximately ½ mile west of 150 Rd. and ½ mile south of Highway 24. Hunters should park near the metal gates just off the highway without blocking access. There is one 20 acre sunflower field. This field will be open Sept. 1 for all hunters.
Fisherman’s Bridge Field- 2 miles west of Cawker and 4¼ mile south on the west side of 110 Rd. (just SW of bridge) One 10 acre field of wheat.
Glen Elder WA is now using the iSportsman electronic Daily Check-in/ Check-out system for ALL hunting on the property. All dove hunters will be required to utilize this system in 2017. Hunters must register for an iSportsman Account by going to kdwpt.isportsman.net Once an account is created, daily check-in can be completed using computer, smart phone or telephone. For those who are unable to register prior to hunting, there will be paper cards available at 3 centralized locations (S end of dam, Boller Pt. entrance, and North Fork boat ramp entrance). None of these are in the immediate vicinity of the dove fields.
Located west of Concordia, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Jamestown area website for more details and updates. Jamestown WA is a non-toxic shot only area.
Due to flooding and wet conditions during spring, managers were unable to plant sunflower fields but one wheat field was not harvested and will be mowed prior to the season. Doves are also attracted to the shallow water areas found on the area.
Field #1 – 8 acre wheat field on the west side of Gun Club Marsh – From the intersection on KS Highway 28 (Wagon Rd) and 10th Road (Cloud County), 1/4 mile north to a gravel access road with an open gate, 1/3 mile east to parking lot. The field NW of the parking lot will be mowed. Open to all hunters starting September 1.
Jamestown is using the iSportsman electronic check in/ check out system. Hunters need to register on-line to create an account. Once that account is created, they then utilize their assigned permit number and password to check in prior to their hunt at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/
Hunters will be able to check in as early as the evening before their hunt and check out after their hunt at their convenience. Information will be available at all information centers and where card collection stations were located in the past. Please contact Matt Farmer with questions or assistance.
Norton Wildlife Area has three areas that have been managed for dove hunting. Field #1 is 10 acres and has been planted to sunflowers. Sunflowers will be mowed in the month leading up to dove opener. Area #2 is comprised of 8 acres of sunflowers, 7.5 acres of mature wheat. The sunflowers will be mowed in the weeks leading up to the opener. Field #3 is 6 acres and has been planted to sunflowers. Sunflowers will be mowed in the month leading up to dove opener.
Dove Hunters MUST complete survey cards for each day of hunting and must carry permits while hunting.
FIELD 1 (10 acres): From HWY 36 West of Norton drive 2.3 miles south on HWY 383 to North Hills Road (enter at KDOT mixing strip). Managed dove field is located 0.3 miles East. Survey cards are available at the North side of the field.
AREA 2 (15acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 2.3 miles south to North Hills Road (enter at KDOT mixing strip). Managed dove area is on the North side of the road and starts 0.6 miles East of HWY 383 and goes 0.5 miles East. Survey cards are available at the South side of the Area.
Field 3 (6 acres) : From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 2.3 miles south to North Hills Road (enter at KDOT mixing strip). Managed dove area is on the North side of the road 1.3 miles east of the mixing station. Survey cards are available at the South side of the Field.
Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.
Webster Wildlife Area has one 10 acre sunflower field that should provide good opportunities for dove hunting. The field consists of four patches separated by grassed terraces. Portions of the patches have been mowed prior to the dove opener. The field is located on the north end and east side of the road that runs below the dam. Webster Wildlife Area does NOT require non-toxic shot for dove hunting. A Google Earth file is available on the Webster WA website.
THE FIELD IS OPEN TO ALL HUNTERS
Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 7 days of the Dove hunting season for hunting on this field. Survey cards are available at the field.
Located west of Stockton, KS. on U.S. Hwy 24. Check Webster website for more details and updates.
Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season. Wilson Wildlife Area does NOT require non-toxic shot for dove hunting. The Fields are open to all hunters SEPT 1.
Dove Field #1 – Sunflowers – (5 ac) – Field is located near the intersection of 192nd and Decker Rd. Field is east of blacktop. Park in Hunter parking lot on east side of blacktop.
Dove Field #2 – Sunflowers – (8 ac) – Cedar Creek area; From Land Rd, go South on 193rd to Hunter parking lot on east side of road. Walk in along field access road approx. ¼ mi.
Google early maps are available on the Wilson Wildlife Area website.
|Kansas River Wildlife Area|| |
Urish Tract- There are NO SUNFLOWERS at this location this year. The cold spring temperatures and early heavy rains prevented them from being planted. If you decide to hunt he area, you must obtain a daily hunt permit through I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). Non-toxic shot is required for this area. Please check the information kiosk for further information. Field is located one mile north of tenth & Urish in Topeka. A map of the wildlife area is located at the Kansas River Wildlife Area webpage.
Fitzgerald Tract – Six acres of sunflowers. This field will be closed on September 2nd for a youth hunt, but will be open on the 1st and after the 2nd. All hunting will be done by permits issued through I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). This is a youth/mentor hunt area. The mentor is allowed to hunt. The use of non-toxic shot is required for this area. The field is located approximately eight miles west of Topeka on I-70 and ½ mile east of west union road & 4th Street. A map of the wildlife area is located at the Leslie T. and Lydia A. Fitzgerald Wildlife Area webpage.
Macvicar Tract- There are NO SUNFLOWERS at this location this year. The cold spring temperatures and early heavy rains prevented them from being planted. If you decide to hunt the area, All hunting will be done by permits issued through I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). Access to this site is extremely limited and participants will be required to park in a designated parking area. This property is located at I-70 and Macvicar road next to the forestry recycling center within the City Limits of Topeka. All hunting is with non-toxic shot. Hunters are required to have their firearm cased until they are in the hunting zone.
A map of the wildlife area is located at the Kansas River Wildlife Area webpage.
Five managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling approximately 60 acres. ALL DOVE FIELDS ON PERRY WILDLIFE AREA ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY. All fields are sunflowers with the centers of the fields mowed out for hunters to sit around the perimeter of each field. DUE TO A FLOOD EVENT THAT CAUSED A TOTAL LOSS OF THE SUNFLOWER FIELD, WE HAVE NO YOUTH/HANDICAPPED FIELD THIS YEAR.
Maintain safe shooting distances between hunting parties and always know what lies beyond your target. It is highly recommended that hunters where safety/shooting glasses within the dove fields to prevent potential injury due to falling pellets.
Perry Wildlife Area is included in the electronic permitting system iSportsman. This system, which will streamline data gathering for management purposes and be convenient for hunters, has taken the place of the old paper dove survey card system. Hunters can register at any time by going to kdwpt.isportsman.net, and clicking on “Register” to create a permit. Once you obtain a permit and are ready to hunt, click on login, than enter login ID and password to “check-in” daily for hunts. After you are done hunting, you will “check-out” and record any harvest you may have from the hunt. You are also able to check-in/check-out by telephone or smart phone. iSportsman is mandatory for all hunters pursuing any types of game on the Perry Wildlife Area.
For additional information go to: kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911.
Field #1:Non-Toxic shot only. Refuge field closed to public hunting/access, will open September 4th. This field is about 13 acres and is located on the North side of 190th Rd. and is the West field of the two north of the road.
Field #2:Non-Toxic shot only. This field is about 20 acres and is also located on the North side of 190th Rd. and is the East field of the two north of the road.
Field #3 and #4:Non-Toxic shot only. These fields are across the road from one another right at the intersection of Finney Rd and 170th Rd South of the wildlife area office. These two combine for a total of about 16 acres.
Field #5: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 150th and Geary Rd. and totals about 10 acres.
Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page and the front door of the wildlife area office.
Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). This information helps guide future management efforts. Seven sunflower and wheat fields are available for hunting. Sunflower fields total approximately 45 acres. All fields open on September 1st except for the youth field which will open to everyone on September 3rd. The location of the youth field has also changed. Check the map online for location of the youth field and all other dove fields. Please be aware that all fields are NON-TOXIC shot.
Detailed maps and information are posted on the Clinton Wildlife Area web page.
ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY
Eight sunflower fields ranging in size from 3 acres to 10 acres totaling 80 acres. One field is located on the West Broughton Youth/ Mentor Area where all adults must be accompanied by a youth. Strips will be mowed in two stages starting mid-August and with the second round being mowed at the end of August.
A map is available on the Milford Area news page.
|Clay/Dickinson County WIHA||TBA.|| |
Hunters are required to check-in electronically before hunting (kdwpt.isportsman.net)All Dove Fields Are Non-Toxic Shot OnlySunflowers– Three sunflower fields (46 acres total) are available across the Wildlife Area. Sunflower field production was fair overall. Due to the limited number of sunflower fields, all fields will be open access in 2019 (i.e., there will not be a designated Youth-Mentor field)Millet– Japanese millet (20 acres) was planted in both pools at Browns Wetland; however, both pools remain dry and may provide a dove hunting opportunity during opening weekend.
See Hillsdale Wildlife Area webpage for maps
See Rutlader Wildlife Area Brochures for 2017 dove field map. Daily permit cards will be available in the parking lot by the barn.
All Dove Fields are Non-Toxic Shot OnlyMillet– Brown top millet (4 acres) was planted near the parking area.Wheat – Wheat (6 acres) planted last fall lies west of the millet field.
(913) 783 4405
Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Elwood wildlife area.
Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)
Four managed Dove sunflower fields are located on Elwood wildlife area totaling 20 acres. Sunflower condition is great on fields 0 and 2. Good on field 3. Fair on field 1. Overall outlook on success is high.
Detailed maps with field locations and sizes are available at the Elwood Wildlife Area web page
Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas.
|Benedictine Bottoms|| |
Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Benedictine Bottoms wildlife area.
Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)
Dove hunting on this area closes September 30th.
Two managed Dove sunflower fields are located at Benedictine Bottoms wildlife area totaling 15 acres. Sunflower condition is great on field 1 and good on field 0. Field 0 is weedy making doves possibly harder to find after harvested. Possibility of it being sprayed before season to aid in recovery of doves. Outlook on success is high.
Detailed maps with field locations and sizes are available at the Benedictine Bottoms webpage.
Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas.
See Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area web page for map
|Oak Mills|| |
Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Oak Mills wildlife area.
Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)
One managed Dove sunflower field is located at Oak Mills wildlife area totaling 9 acres. The field is in great condition and success should be high. DO NOT SHOOT DOVES OFF POWERS LINES NEAR FIELD!
Detailed maps with field locations and sizes are available at the Oak Mills Wildlife Area webpage.
Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas.
Bolton 4 acres of wheat and 1 acre of millet, sunflower fields were a failure this year due to a mix up from the seed dealer. Opening day is by special hunt award only, dove fields are non toxic shot only. This area will also be on the I-Sportsman system, please remember to log in before your hunt.
To view a map of the food plots, go to area news on KDWPT web site for Bolton Wildlife Area
|Jeffrey Energy Center|| |
Center Unit #1: 1 acre was planted to sunflowers and 1 acre planted to wheat. The sunflower field was a loss due to a mix up in seed from the seed dealer. Unit #1 is located approximately 4 miles North of Belvue on the West side of Lost Creek Road. Free daily hunt permits will be required of all hunters hunting the managed dove fields and are available at the field entrances. This field will be non-toxic shot only. Unit #2-Will be closed to the public from Sept. 1st to Sept. 4th of season to allow for the annual Youth Dove hunt hosted by Westar. It will be open to the public on Sept. 5th. Fields will be non-toxic shot only.
To view a map of the area go to area news on Jeffrey Energy Center
|Noe||One 7 acre dove field, hunter access chosen through KDWPT special hunts program|
|Tuttle Creek|| |
Irving- Sunflowers were a complete failure. 14 acres of wheat will be burned prior to opening day.Fancy Creek- 30 acres of sunflowers were planted on the East side of Hwy 77, all but 4 acres flooded out. The remaining sunflowers look alright.
Olsburg Marsh- 18 acres of sunflowers were planted, with the wet weather we had at planting time keeping them clean was tough but they have made plenty of seed. There is also an 8 acre wheat field that will be burned prior to opening day.
Black Vermillion Marsh- 13 acres of sunflowers were planted and have made plenty of seed. There is also a 15 acre wheat field that will be burned prior to opening day.
This is the second year for I-sportsman on Tuttle WA. Reception is not the best so hunters are better off checking in and out from a location they know they have internet access.
Maps of the dove fields can be found on the Tuttle Creek Area News on the KDWPT website.
|Concannon||2 waterholes that will be mowed around are located on the southern side of the property. The lake is empty with good roost trees around it. Lots of native sunflowers grow around the creek drainage and some standing wheat will be mowed and disked prior to the season opening.||
|Cheyenne Bottoms||No Dove Fields were planted for 2017|| |
|Finney||A solar pump on the property runs when the sun shines. The water is pumped into a small watering hole for all wildlife to utilize. There are several large ponds on adjacent properties that may pull in more doves than this small waterhole. The lake has a small amount of water in it this year and should provide good access to water for doves along the shallow shore lines. There is excellent roosting sites throughout the property that should provide for great early morning and late evening hunts. One may even be productive walking through the trees and "flushing" birds.||
|Garton||A water tank at Garton is always full for wildlife to utilize. The well runs several hours a day and water runs out the overflow creating a small waterhole.||
|Goodman||There's a 4 acre food plot located along the west edge of the property. It sits between 2 cedar tree rows and was planted to milo.||
|Hodgeman||The lake has good water in it and lots of native sunflowers around the edge. There are also 2 waterholes on the property. 247 acres were just added to Hodgeman WA. There is a nice creek bottom on the property that has plenty of trees for roosting sites. There is also a spring in the drainage that supplies a natural wetland (below the lake dam) and several small ponds that are maintaining water.||
|Kepley||There is a small waterhole that is pumped daily. Prior to the season weeds will be mowed down around the waterhole.||
|Lane||The shelter belts at Lane always provide good roosting sites and with the irrigated crops nearby, there should be no shortage of doves.||
|Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area||Download the Pratt Sandhills electronic brochure for watering site locations on the wildlife area. Most water sites will provide good opportunity for dove hunting.||
|Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area|| |
No planted dove fieds for 2017. There is plenty of food available from the native forbs (tooth-leaf spurge and sunflower) distributed throughout the pastures to attract birds. As always water sites located throughout the pasture system and scattered trees also act as attractants and should provide for some good shooting locations.
Maps and additional information may also be found on the Sandsage Bison Range Wildlife Area webpage.
|Texas Lake||No manged dove fields for 2017.|| |
|Byron Walker||No dove fields for 2017|| |
|Cheney||Cheney Wildlife Area will have one Dove field that consists of wheat stubble that had a portion of wheat left standing, and then burned as well as a strip of native grass that has been burnt. The 14 acre dove field is located approximately 1 mile south of the Sun City and Yoder Road intersection on the east side side of the curves. The permit box will be located on the south end of the field. Hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot.|| |
|Kaw||Kaw Wildlife Area will have two area for dove harvest. One will be 15 acre sunflower field located at the parking lot of 111th Rd. This field will be on the other side of the tree row where the previous sunflower field had been. The second one will be 54 acre sunflower field located just south of Silverdale on Cowley 1 and 304th Rd. It was planted late and not sure if the sunflowers will be dried by then. Some portions of the fields will be mowed or harvested prior to dove season and a small portions will be left standing if the sunflowers are ready.|| |
|Marion||Two sunflower fields for 2017. One of them is located on the south side of 260th Rd. a half a mile west of Jade Rd or 1.5 miles east of K15 hwy, and is 15 acres. The other is on Indigo Rd. 100 yards north of the intersection of Indigo and 260th, this field is a quarter of a mile east of Indigo and will not be accessible by vehicle, it is 25 acres. There will be a walking path mowed to this field.|| |
|McPherson Wetlands||McPherson Valley Wetlands will have two dove fields for the 2017 season. The first field is a 60-acre sunflower field located southeast of Inman in the Little Sinkhole Unit, one mile north of Arapaho Road, on the west side of the intersection of 11th and Arrowhead. As of early August, this field looks good. The second field is a 7-acre field planted with a mixture of millets and sunflower, bordering a 60-acre wheat stubble field. This field is located in the Chain of Lakes Unit, southeast of the intersection of 9th and Frontier. As of early August this field looked decent, but needs some rain. Portions of these fields will be harvested, mowed, and/or disked prior to dove season if weather permits. Hunting success is predicted to be fair to good. These fields are open to ALL hunters, and non-toxic shot is required. ALL HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED to check in/out and report their dove harvest using the i-Sportsman electronic hunt permit system. Paper daily hunt permits will not be available. Please visit the KDWPT website to complete the registration process for i-Sportsman prior to the season opener. For additional information please contact the McPherson Valley Wetlands office at (620) 241-7669.|| |
|El Dorado|| |
One sunflower tract (9 acres) will provide fair dove hunting opportunity at El Dorado Wildlife Area. An additional 6 acre tract was planned to be planted this spring, but prolonged lake flooding prevented timely equipment access into that tract. The sunflower field will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. This field can be accessed from the north by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 90th Street. The field can be accessed from the south by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 85th Street. Dove hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot. Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and report harvest at the conclusion of their hunt. Please assist area staff with evaluating these opportunities by following instructions located at permit stations posted at this field. Hunters are also reminded to please be courteous and aware of other hunting parties while using this field.
For a brochure and map of the entire wildlife area please visit the El Dorado Wildlife Area web page (El Dorado) and click on the brochure tab at the top of the page. For more information please call (620)767-5900.
|Council Grove|| |
Three sunflower tracts (9, 7, 7 acres) should provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at Council Grove Wildlife Area. Portions of each of these fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. The 9 acre field can be found just east of the eastern most parking area along the north side of Munkers Creek. One 7 acre field (on north side of Neosho River) can be found just south of the western most parking area at the west end of M Avenue. The parking area can be reached by traveling about 0.35 miles east of the Kelso Church on M Avenue and taking the south fork in the road and continuing east about 0.7 miles. Another 7 acre field (on south side of Neosho River) is located south of the parking area and information kiosk near Gilmore Creek. Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and report harvest at the conclusion of their hunt. Please assist area staff with evaluating these opportunities by following instructions located at permit stations posted at each field. Hunters are also reminded to please be courteous and aware of other hunting parties while using this field.
For a brochure and map of the entire wildlife area please visit the Council Grove Wildlife Area web page Council Grove and click on the brochure tab at the top of the page. For more information, please call (620) 767-5900.
|Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)|| |
Due to wet spring planting conditions, sunflowers were planted very late. The field was recently checked for maturity progress only to find EXTENSIVE deer damage. There are very few heads left on the plants in the field so seed production will be next to nothing. Very few doves are expected to use the field.
All hunters are required to use the I-Sportsman registration system on this property.
Darin Porter or Ryan Lies
|Fall River|| |
Six dove field hunting areas totaling about 132 acres will be managed for dove hunting this year at Fall River Wildlife Area. These fields will be managed to attract doves. Fields at Fall River Wildlife Area suffered due to continual rains and flooding that took place this spring, largely preventing the successful growing of sunflowers. Fair hunting opportunities are expected.
Dove hunting areas 1, 2, 4, and 5 are fields of burned leftover wheat strips. Area 3 contains approximately 16 acres of sunflowers and is expected to produce seed in time for the dove opener. Area 6 is made up of two fields on opposite sides of the road, totaling about 28 acres of late planted sunflowers expected to mature and produce seed later in the dove season.
Last year, 347 hunters visited the Fall River dove fields during the first five days of dove season and harvested 1,651 doves. Accurate collection of this type of data is very important to help the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism (KDWPT) staff to evaluate the effectiveness of dove field location and management strategies that will help maximize opportunities for the dove hunters that choose to hunt at Fall River Wildlife Area.
Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in managed dove fields at Fall River Wildlife Area. Managed dove fields will be designated as such using signs and will be fields that have been planted in sunflowers or fields of burned leftover wheat strips.
Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each dove field area. Instructions posted at these mailboxes will guide hunters through the registration and harvest reporting process. Hunters are asked to please take the time to register and report their harvest accurately and be aware that registration and reporting is required. Signs will be posted around dove fields, and KDWPT staff and law enforcement officers will be patrolling dove fields to answer questions and remind hunters that registration and reporting of harvest is required. Hunters are also reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. Bands can be reported at the website reportband.gov. The phone number and website are also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.
|Grand Osage Wildlife Area|| |
The Grand Osage Wildlife Area (formerly known as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant) will have three sunflower fields (60 acres) open to dove hunting.
Two fields will be open to hunting on opening day, Friday, Sept 1. The Grand Osage Wildlife Area is a restricted access property. Hunters will be escorted to and from hunting fields. The access gate is located at 23050 Scott Road Parsons , KS.
Field 1: 30 acres of sunflowers surrounded by wheat stubble. Open to general public starting Friday Sept 1 at 5:00 am. Hunters will be escorted from gate to field. Hunters will be allowed to hunt until 10:00 am.
Field 2: 10 acres of sunflowers. This field is restricted to youth hunters 16 years of age and younger. Youths must be accompanied by a mentor that is not allowed to hunt. This is an evening hunt starting Friday Sept 1 at 4:30 pm. Youth hunters are encouraged to arrive early to be situated for shooting time. Hunters will be escorted to field starting at 3:30 pm.
Additional dove hunts will take place the mornings of Saturday Sept 2, 9 and 16. All fields will be open to the general public. Gate will open at 5:00 am.
Access restrictions prolong dove use on the fields, providing potential to harvest doves over a three-week period. In 2016, dove harvest was highest on weeks 2 and 3 at the Grand Osage Wildlife.
Non-toxic shot is required for all dove hunting on the Grand Osage Wildlife Area.
|Hollister||No dove fields were planted this year due to wet weather conditions through mid-May.|| |
|Marais des Cygnes||TBA|| |
|Mined Land|| |
Sunflower production was good on the Mined Land Wildlife Area for the growing season of 2017. This year Mined Land Wildlife Area staff planted four sunflower fields totaling 73 acres. Mowing, burning and harvesting of sunflowers should enhance existing conditions and hopefully attract large numbers of doves. Fields will be opened for dove hunting starting September 1, 2017.
Unit #44 (Field #3) The first plot is 14 acres in size and located 1/3 mile south of NW Scammon and NW 50th on the west side of NW 50th. This field will be restricted to a Youth/Mentor Hunt on the opening day of season. Interested hunters must go online to “special hunts” to apply. This hunt requires one of the party to be 18 years or older and the youth must be 16 years of age or younger to hunt this particular field. Successful applicants will need to be at the field and ready to hunt by 4:00 pm on the opener. Follow signs for parking and regulations concerning dove hunting on this field. The Mentor/Youth Hunt restrictions for this field will only be imposed for September 1, 2016. After September 1, 2016 this field will be open to all hunters.
Unit #45 (Field #2) The second field is located at the corner of NW Liberty Rd and NW 40th. This field is 13 acres in size. Open to all hunters.
Unit #39 sunflower plot is 29 acres in size and can be found just a ¼ mile south of the intersection of NW 80 & NW Coalfield on the west side of the road. Open to all hunters.
Unit #17 sunflower plot is 17 acres in size and can be found ½ east of the intersection NW 40th and NW Liberty road. This field is about 300 yards south of the road and not visible from the road. Open to all hunters.
All hunters are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit. Cards are available at all hunt sites. All dove managed fields will require non-toxic shot on the Mined Land Wildlife Area fields.
|Spring River||No dove plots were planted for 2017|| |
One field of late sunflowers (approximately 14 acres) has been planted this year at Toronto Wildlife Area. This field will be managed to attract doves. Sunflower planting suffered due to continual rains and flooding that took place this spring. These late planted sunflowers are expected to mature and produce seed later in the dove season. Fair hunting opportunities are expected after the sunflowers are dried down and mowed.
Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in the managed dove field at Toronto Wildlife Area. The field will be marked with signs designating it as a managed dove field, but harvest reporting cards will not be required or provided this year.
Hunters are reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. Bands can be reported at the website reportband.gov. The phone number and website are also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.
|Dove Flats||Due to wet spring conditions, sunflowers were not planted. There are however 10 acres of volunteer sunflowers, from the field last year, that were allowed to grow as a food plot. These flowers are very short but have produced seed and may or may not attract a few doves. Hunters are required to register prior to hunting with the daily hunt permits located at the field. The field is located ½ mile south of the intersection of County Roads 3600 and 5600.|| |
Darin Porter or Ryan Lies
|Elk City|| |
The Dove Management fields have been in the same areas since 2008. Dove Management Hunting Areas will be posted prior to the season opener as non-toxic shot only. All fields are located west of Independence, Ks.
Due to wet and cool conditions along with the reservoir flooding in the spring, the flowers were planted late and will not be dried down prior to the season to allow for normal field preparations and mowing.
Elk City WA has 2 sunflower field management areas. The south unit has sunflowers and wheat. The Youth Field was inundated during the spring flood and was not planted this year. The North field was planted to sunflowers and then partially flooded and ruined. A portion was replanted and is at a later maturity stage. Surrounding agriculture fields are planted to soybeans this year. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season for field conditions.
NON-TOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED IN THESE MANAGED DOVE HUNTING AREAS ON ELK CITY WILDLIFE AREA FOR 2016 AND WILL BE POSTED.
A hunting license and HIP stamp is required according to age. Vehicles are restricted to parking areas and roadsides only, no off road parking in the fields is allowed.
THE FOLLOWING PROVIDED INFORMATION IS FOR HUNTERS NEW TO ELK CITY WILDLIFE AREA DOVE MANAGEMENT FIELDS.
The first area (SOUTH FIELD) is located north of the intersection of County Roads 2900 and 4200. This area is open to all hunters.
The second area (NORTH FIELD) is located ¼ mile west of County Roads 3325 and 4600. This area is open to all hunters.
Darin Porter or Ryan Lies
|Melvern||All Sunflower Fields Non-Toxic Shot Only Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). This information helps guide future management efforts. Sunflower production was excellent this year on the Melvern Wildlife Area, and maps will be located on the Melvern Wildlife Area website as well as the wildlife area office in Reading, Kansas. There are 5 total dove fields placed throughout the area totaling 82 acres. The first 27.5 acre field is located on our youth/mentor and handicapped hunt area THIS LOCATION WILL BE CLOSED TO HUNTING ON SEPTEMBER 1st and SEPTEMBER 2nd FOR OR OUR 2017 YOUTH DOVE HUNT. The youth field will be designated 1/2 mile East of the intersection South Indian Hills Road and West 285th Street on the South side of the road. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth under the age of 17. The second 12.5 acre field is located 1/2 mile east of the city of Reading Northwest of the intersection of Road Z/Carlson and Hwy 170. The third 20 acre field is located Southeast of the intersection of South Crawford Road and West 293rd street. The forth 11.5 acre field is located Southwest of the intersection of West 317th street and South Davis Road. The fifth and final 10 acre field is located Southeast of the intersection of Valencia Road and West 313th Street on the refuge, this field closes to all public activities on October 1st. Anyone with questions please contact Brad Niemann.|| |
|Woodson||Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields. Rest of Woodson Wildlife Areas is open to lead shot. Sunflowers did rather poor this year. Cool wet conditions delayed planting. Heads are average in size, with a moderate yield. Staff will start mowing sunflowers second week of Aug., and continue to do so till opener, keeping birds on the fields. Staff expects decent dove numbers, but also expect heavy hunting pressure. Last year opening two days was fairly crowded, but hunter numbers dropped off during weekdays. All hunters using managed dove field areas are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit located at the kiosks on the two field entrances just south of Hwy 54, in-between Fox Rd. and Grouse Rd. A hunting license and HIP stamp is required according to age. Vehicles are restricted to parking along graveled roadside and designated parking areas only, no off road parking in the hunt areas is allowed.|| |
Dove Banding Study
Since 2003, biologists in Kansas and 40 other states have banded mourning doves in what has become an ongoing project. The objectives of the banding project are to estimate annual harvest rates (percent of the population shot by hunters) and survival rates (percent of the population surviving one year), and provide information on the geographical distribution of the harvest. In combination with estimates of total harvest from the HIP (Harvest Information Program) survey, banding data can also be used to estimate the size of the mourning dove population. These estimates can be used to monitor trends in mourning dove numbers. This information is needed because mourning doves are such an important migratory game bird and more information is needed to better guide harvest-management decisions. Information on dove survival and harvest rates are keys to understanding the effects of annual hunting regulations on mourning dove populations. Banding is the primary tool used to obtain this information.
Doves are marked with metal leg bands containing a unique number and a toll free 1-800 telephone number and an internet address that hunters can use to report the band. In return, wildlife managers receive important information on the number of banded doves harvested and location and date of harvest. To date, over 11,000 doves have been banded in Kansas and over 300 Kansas-banded doves have been shot by hunters and reported to the Bird Banding Lab. Over 70% of these doves were shot in Kansas..
In Kansas, mourning doves are captured in wire ground traps baited with millet, sunflower, or safflower seeds. Doves enter the trap through the funnels in search of the grain, but cannot get out because of the trap’s design. Traps are checked regularly and trapped doves are removed and carefully examined to determine their age and sex based upon feather color and patterns of feather replacement and wear. Doves are then banded with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bands inscribed with unique numbers, the 1-800 telephone number, and an internet address and immediately released.
The hunter is a critical link in this mourning dove banding study. By checking all harvested doves for bands, and reporting banded doves, you help us manage this important migratory game bird resource. Because dove bands are very small, hunters can easily overlook them. We are asking dove hunters to carefully check all doves harvested for the presence of a leg band. If you harvest a banded mourning dove, please call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to the Bird Banding Laboratory website. Hunters can keep the band and will be provided a certificate identifying the age, sex, date, and location the bird was banded.