Dove

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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.

License Information

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation 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.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 11.59 kB)

Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

115-25-19 (PDF - 9.80 kB)

Doves; management unit, hunting season, shooting hours, and bag and possession limits.

115-20-07 (PDF - 9.68 kB)

Doves; legal equipment, taking methods, and possession.

2016 Fields Managed for Dove Hunting

Managed Dove Hunting Areas on KDWPT Public Lands

2016 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.

Northwest
Area Description Contact
Brzon

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 11 acre field. It is located in the north central side of the property, just north of the information center on Fir Rd. Several, small ponds in the middle of the area also attract doves.

The entire area will be open to all hunters Sept. 1 through September 30.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required through September 30 and will be available at the Information Center.

Rob Unruh

(785) 753-4971

Cedar Bluff

For the 2016 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 6 designated dove management areas described below require NON-TOXIC SHOT for the 2016 DOVE SEASON. (maps are provided on the WA webpage)  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.

ONE OF THE LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO HUNTING ON SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 2 AND RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 3rd 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 25th and will be listed on the Glen Elder WA webpage.

County Line Field- 3 miles east of Downs and about 1 mile south of Highway 24. One 20 acre sunflower field located just NW of the south parking lot.

Cawker City Fields- 1/2 mile southwest of Cawker City on the far south end of the old airport strip. One 16 acre field that has a poor stand of sunflowers and weeds and one 5 acre field of wheat. Hunters should park either at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk SW over the dike or at the airport parking lot which has access immediately west of the railroad tracks on the west edge of Cawker City.

North Fork Field- 4 miles east of Downs (or 2 miles west of Cawker) and about 1 1/2 miles south. Hunters should park along the boat ramp access road and walk about ½ mile west following mowed trail to the field.  One 17 acre sunflower field.

North Granite Creek Field- 1 mile north of Highway 24 on 150 Rd. and 3/4 mile east on C Rd. 1 wheat field that is 6 acres in size on the N side of the road.

West Granite Creek Field- About ¼ mile south of the intersection of Highway 24 and 150 Rd.  Hunters should park near the metal gates just off the highway without blocking access. There is one 18 acre sunflower field. This field will LIKELY be designated as our youth field.

Dispatch Road Field- 2 miles east of Downs and ¼ mile North on the west side of 10th Ave. One 5 acre field of wheat.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first few days of the dove hunting season and will be available at each field.

Chris Lecuyer

(785) 545-3345

Jamestown

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 burned or mowed prior to the season. Doves are also attracted to the shallow water areas found on the area.

Field #1 – 5 acre wheat field on the south side of Gun Club Marsh – From the intersection on KS Highway 28 (Vale Rd) and 20th Road (Cloud County), ¾ mile north to parking area. The field on the NW corner of the parking lot will be burned or 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.

Matt Farmer

(785) 439-6243

Norton

Norton Wildlife Area has two areas that have been managed for dove hunting. Field #1 is 7 acres and has been planted to sunflowers. Sunflowers will be mowed in the month leading up to dove opener. Area #2 is comprised of 5 acres of sunflowers, 11 acres of mature wheat, and 4 acres annual weeds. The sunflowers will be mowed in the weeks leading up to the opener.

Dove Hunters MUST complete survey cards for each day of hunting and must carry permits while hunting.

FIELD 1 (7 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 0.4 miles East. Survey cards are available at the North side of the field.

AREA 2 (27 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 and starts 0.6 miles East of HWY 383 and goes 0.5 miles East. Survey cards are available at the West side of the Area.

Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.

Luke Winge

(785) 877-2953

Webster

Webster Wildlife Area has one 10 acre sunflower field that should provide good opportunities for dove hunting. The field consists of two patches separated by a grassed terrace. Portions of the two 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.

Michael Zajic

(785) 425-6775

Wilson

Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season. Wheat fields will be burned, mowed, or lightly disked

Dove Field #1 – Wheat – Youth/Mentor Only (5 ac) - 3/4 mile west of 196th on Reservoir Ln, field on north side of road; excellent wheat production; field will be disked, mowed, and/or burned. From Sept. 1st-11th, this field will be open to youth 17 and younger.  Youth must be accompanied by an Adult. Adult Mentor may also hunt.  Open to all hunters starting Sept 12.

Dove Field #2 – Sunflowers – Youth/Mentor Only (8 ac) -3/4 mile west of 196th on Reservoir Ln, field on south side of road; fair sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August. From Sept. 1st-11th, this field will be open to youth 17 and younger. Youth must be accompanied by an Adult.  Adult Mentor may also hunt.  Open to all hunters starting Sept. 12.

Dove Field #3Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (8 ac) – ¾ mi. east of 192nd on Mellard Rd; excellent sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Dove Field #4 - Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (7 ac) Park in Hunter Lot ½ mi north of Saline River Bridge on east side of 192nd; field is ¼ mi. walk NE of parking lot; good sunflower production; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Dove Field #5 – Sunflowers – Open to All Hunters (7 ac) Take Decker Rd west from 192nd to KDWPT info sign, park and walk ¼ mi. south on river access road, field is on west side of road; cover crop fields produced a fair stand of sunflowers; strips will be mowed in mid/late August.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required through the first full weekend of dove hunting season and will be available at each field.  

Google early maps are available on the Wilson Wildlife Area website

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Northeast
Area Description Contact
Kansas River Wildlife Area

Urish Tract- Twenty acres of sunflowers. Sunflowers at this location are less than desirable due to heavy early rains and deer damage.  No special hunts will be given at this location this year due to the state of the sunflowers.  Hunting should still be fair. 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. 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 - Ten acres of sunflowers. 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. Dove hunts will be allowed only from 8 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday. 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. There is a NO FIREARMS zone in this field. 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.

Justin Hamilton

(913) 845-2665

Perry

Four managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling 63 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.  One field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres. The refuge Dove field is located just North of the intersection of Headwater and Cove Rd. on the east side of Cove and totals 17.7 acres.The refuge Dove field will be closed to all hunting/access and will open for hunters on Monday September 5th.  A third field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres. The last field is 14.1 acres and located just south of K16 on Ferguson Rd. in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field.   Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.The Sunflower field located at 190th on the South side of the road experienced multiple floods and caused the flowers to fail, therefore there will be no Sunflower field in the 190th area 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 5th. This field is located just North of the intersection of Headwater and Cove Rd. on the east side of Cove and totals 17.7 acres.

Field #2:Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres.

Field #3:Non-Toxic shot only. This field is 14.1 acres and located just south of K16 on Ferguson Rd. in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field.   Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Field #4: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres.

Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.

Andrew Page

(785) 945-6615

Clinton 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.  Detailed maps and information are posted on the Clinton Wildlife Area web page. All fields open on September 1st except for the youth field which will open to everyone on September 2nd.  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.

Justin Hamilton

(785) 887-6882

Milford

ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY

Eight sunflower fields totaling 80 acres ranging in size from 6 acres to 19 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.  All hunters will be required to register with I-Sportsman before and after each hunt.

Kristin Kloft

(785) 461-5402

Clay/Dickinson County WIHA Sunflower fields are located on WIHA tracts located near the Clay/Dickinson county line at N2SE4 34-10-3 (near Quail and 1st Rd), N2SW4 2-11-3 (near Oat and 3600), NW4 11-11-3 (near Oat and 3550) and near HWY 82 and Sunflower Rd.  Mowing will take place the last week in August. There are also 3 sunflower fields on the Herington WIHA property. Fields on this property will not be mowed. 

Clint Thornton

(785) 414-0016

Hillsdale

Hunters are required to check-in electronically before hunting (kdwpt.isportsman.net)

All Dove Fields Are Non-Toxic Shot Only

See Hillsdale Wildlife Area webpage for maps

Sunflowers– Four sunflower fields (50 acres) are available across the Wildlife Area. Sunflowers produced a good quantity of seed in most areas.

The sunflower field adjacent to Big Bull Wetland (231st St and Spoon Creek Rd) was stunted by high soil moisture and became weedy. Within that field sunflowers on higher elevations near the forest edge grew best. This field is subject to Youth-Mentor/ Novice hunting regulations.

Millet– One brown top millet field (5 acres) was planted adjacent to the Big Bull Wetland sunflower field. It likely will not produce seed until mid-September. This field is subject to Youth-Mentor/ Novice hunting regulations.

Wheat – Seven wheat fields (122 acres) are available across the Wildlife Area. Wheat fields are further from access roads than sunflowers and may provide a more isolated hunting opportunity.

Eric Kilburg

(913) 783-4405

Rutlader

All Dove Fields are Non-Toxic Shot Only

See Rutlader Wildlife Area Brochures for 2016 dove field map. Daily permit cards will be available in the parking lot by the barn.

Sunflowers– Despite being stunted by heavy rains in May, the sunflower field (5 acres) produced decent seed and should provide a good hunting opportunity.

Millet– Two acres of brown top millet was planted adjacent to the Sunflower field and should draw some birds in mid-September when the seed matures.

Wheat – Wheat (4 acres) will be left standing through the fall and winter.

Eric Kilburg

(913) 783 4405

Elwood

Most of the sunflowers drowned out again this year. There will be some at the Peters Creek area on the far west parking area along Monument Road. There will be some late sunflowers that should provide some dove hunting at the Grain Bin parking area. The best hunting should be by the grain bins again if they mature fast enough.

See Elwood Wildlife Area web page for map
Please remember to sign into the new iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit program or get a daily permit/survey card before hunting and be careful not to shoot at any public roads.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Benedictine Bottoms

Heavy rains in May drowned out the sunflowers again this year. There is some standing wheat that may provide some dove hunting.

See Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area web page for map

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Oak Mills

There are sunflowers west of the parking area along the gravel road and along a service road back by the shop. Much of the fields on this area were flooded out, but there should be good hunting if the birds move in.

See Benedictine Bottoms web page for map. This area is new and does not have a web page yet.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Bolton

9 acres of sunflowers and 5.5 acres of wheat. Weather conditions kept the other 4 acres from being planted. 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

Byron Brown

(785) 539-9999

Jeffrey Energy Center

Unit #1: 2 acres were planted to sunflowers and 1 acre planted to wheat. One of the previous year’s 1.5 acre fields was lost due to the construction of the new transmission line. 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

Byron Brown

(785) 539-9999

Noe One 7 acre dove field, hunter access chosen through KDWPT special hunts program  
Tuttle Creek

Irving -14 acres of sunflowers look pretty good and 13 acres of fallow wheat will be mowed.  Both fields are near the Zenith Rd. and 12th Rd intersection S.E. of Blue Rapids in Marshall Co.

Fancy Creek - Complete loss due to flooding.

Olsburg - 7 acres of sunflowers give or take, flooding wiped out the lower portions of the field.  There was also some wheat fallow that grew up to good seed producing native plants that will be mowed. The dove fields are South of the Olsburg Marsh and North of Cleburne Rd. in Pottawatomie Co.

Black Vermillion - +/- 16 acres of sunflowers were planted.  Some of the lower portions of the field could not be planted in time as they were overly wet when the flowers needed planted.  There is also 50 acres of wheat stubble that will be burned if weather allows.  These fields are West of the Black Vermillion Marsh on 14th Rd. in Marshall Co.

Maps of the dove fields can be found on the Tuttle Creek Area News on the KDWPT website.

All dove fields are Non-Toxic shot only.

Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area is changing to the electronic permitting system iSportsman starting September 1st, 2016. This system, which will streamline data gathering for management purposes and be convenient for hunters, is taking 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, then enter login ID and password. After you are done hunting, you can sign out. You are also able to check-in/check-out by telephone or smart phone. Hunters are strongly encouraged to use iSportsman; however, a few cards will be available at the dove field boxes for those unable to use the electronic system.

Nathan Henry

(785) 363-7316

Southwest
Area Description Contact
Concannon 2 waterholes that will be mowed around are located on the southern side of the property.  The lake is full and provides good roost trees around it.  Lots of native sunflowers grow around the creek drainage and some wheat stubble will be burned prior to the season opening.  Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Cheyenne Bottoms No dove fields were planted for 2016. Some dove use has been observed in the fireguards.

Karl Grover

(620) 793-3066

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 decent 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.  After flooding last year we have a large amount of native sunflowers.  Strips will be mowed randomly through the area north of the dam. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
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. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
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 millet.  A strip down the center will be mowed to help attract doves. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Hodgeman 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). Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Kepley The well was turned on at Kepley and a pond liner installed.  Due to dry conditions in this area the water should provide for excellent dove opportunities. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Lane The shelter belts at Lane always provide good roosting sites and with the irrigated crops nearby, there should be no shortage of doves. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
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. Todd Gatton
(620) 895-6446
Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area

One 12 ac wheat & triticale field located in the south central portion of grazing unit SP13. The wheat and triticale in this field were allowed to go to maturity and mowed July 27th, 2016 to make the grain more available to the birds. Should adequate moisture present itself plans are to no-till interseed the area with native warm season grass and hybrid pearl millet the first week of August.

Several stock water tanks with overflow pits are scattered throughout the pasture system and can offer some decent opportunities to harvest doves. 

Hunters are encouraged to read all notices on information boards or contact the area manager, Tom Norman, at 620-474-3645 for more detailed information on what areas are open to hunting and special any regulations. Maps and additional information may also be found on the Sandsage Bison Range Wildlife Area webpage.

Tom Norman

(620) 474-3645

Texas Lake

Approximately 3 acres of wild sunflowers will be mowed prior to the season opener near the corner of NW 140th Ave. and NW 10th St.

Approximately 3 acres of triticale will be mowed prior to the season opener 1/2 mile east of the intersection of NW 140th Ave. and NW 10th St.

Non-toxic shot is required. All hunters are required to use Isportsman.

Todd Gatton

(620) 895-6446

South Central
Area Description Contact
Byron Walker No dove fields for 2016

Troy Smith

(620) 532-3242

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.  The 40 acre dove field is located approximately ¼ mile east of the Mayfield and Pretty Prairie road intersection on the north side of Pretty Prairie Road.  The permit box will be located on the south end of the field. Hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot.

Chris Becker

(620) 459-6922

Kaw Kaw Wildlife Area will have one area for dove harvest. It 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.  It was planted late and not sure if the sunflowers will be dried by then.  It will be mowed prior to dove season and a small portion will be left standing if the sunflowers are ready.

Kurt Grimm

(620) 876-5730

Marion No dove fields for 2016

Scott Amos

(620) 241-3946

McPherson Wetlands

McPherson Valley Wetlands will have one, 60-acre sunflower field for dove hunting during the 2016 season; however, this field was severely flooded in July.  The majority of the sunflowers were drowned / washed away, but there are a few patches of sunflowers remaining.  Some areas of the field will be harvested, mowed, and/or disked prior to dove season if weather permits.  Hunting success is predicted to be fair to good at best due to the extensive flood damage.   This field is southeast of Inman, in the Little Sinkhole Unit, and is located one mile north of Arapaho Road, on the west side of the intersection of 11th and Arrowhead. This field is 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.

Jason Black

(620) 241-7669

El Dorado

Two sunflower tracts (9 & 9 acres) should provide fair dove hunting opportunities at El Dorado Wildlife Area.  Portions of each of the sunflower fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  The first 9 acre sunflower field can be accessed from the north by walking 0.1 mile southwest of the parking area south of the junction of NE Ellis Road and NE 20th Street.  The same field can be accessed from the south by walking 0.25 mile north of the parking area north of the junction of NE Ellis Road and NE 10th Street.  The second 9 acre sunflower 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 same 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 these managed fields must use non-toxic shot.  Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and to 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 these fields!  

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.

Brent Konen

(620) 767-5900

Council Grove

Lake flooding has again impacted dove hunting potential at Council Grove Wildlife Area for the 2016 season.  An 8’ flood in late May impacted 2 planted sunflower fields.  High water removed portions of a 7 acre field planted to sunflowers near Munkers Creek, but approximately 5 acres of sunflowers remain.  Sunflowers are mixed within annual weeds which have become abundant. One 15 acre sunflower field planted near the Neosho River was entirely lost to flooding.  A third field of sunflowers (7 acres) was planned near Slough Creek but could not be planted when the producer became ill.     

The 7 acre field near Munkers Creek should provide fair dove hunting opportunity at Council Grove Wildlife Area.  Portions of this field will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  This field can be found about 0.2 miles west of the eastern most parking area along the north side of Munkers Creek.  Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and to 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.

Brent Konen

(620) 767-5900

Southeast
Area Description Contact
Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch) Due to wet spring planting conditions, there are NO SUNFLOWERS FIELDS located on the Buffalo Ranch WA. All hunters are required to use the I-Sportsman registration system.

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

Fall River

Six fields of sunflowers totaling about 90 acres have been planted this year at Fall River Wildlife Area.  These fields will be managed through timely mowing to attract doves.   Fields at Fall River are in overall good condition this year despite excessive rains and flooding that took place this spring and early summer.  Good hunting opportunities are expected.  Last year, 223 hunters visited the Fall River dove fields during the first three days of dove season and harvested 1,645 doves.  Accurate collection of this type of data is very important to help KDWP 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 are considered to be any field in which data collection by harvest survey cards is required and will usually be fields that have been planted in sunflowers.

Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each sunflower field.  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.  Extra signs will be posted around dove fields this year, and KDWP 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.  The phone number to call to report band information is 1-800-327-(BAND) 2263.  This number is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.

Again this year, two sunflower fields are being reserved until Saturday, September 3rd for the special Youth Dove Hunt.  This special event will be hosted at the Fall River Wildlife Area office near Climax and will be broken into two parts, morning and evening.  The Youth Dove Hunt is for young hunter’s ages 10 to 15 who must be accompanied by an adult.  Accompanying adults will not be allowed to hunt.   KDWP will provide at least two boxes of steel shot shells for each hunter.  With plenty of shooting opportunities expected, young hunters are encouraged to bring a couple extra boxes of (non-toxic shot) shells with them to ensure the action doesn’t have to stop before the hunt concludes.  A brief review of hunter safety will be given prior to the hunt.  Space may be limited so early registration is encouraged, and all young hunters must be pre-registered by September 2nd to hunt.  Attendees may only participate in one portion and should choose either the morning OR the evening hunt.  For the morning hunt, youth hunters will gather at 7:00 am, and for the evening hunt at 4:00 pm, each at the Fall River WA office. From there, after hunter safety review and issuing ammo, we will move to the dove fields for placement for the hunt.

For more information or to register a youth for the Youth Dove Hunt at Fall River Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks at: (620)-583-6783.

Benjamin Stultz

(620) 583-6783

Grand Osage Wildlife Area

The Grand Osage Wildlife Area (formerly known as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant) will have two sunflower fields (28 acres) open to dove hunting. 

Both fields will be open to hunting on opening day, Thursday, 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: 18 acres of sunflowers.  Open to general public starting Thursday Sept 1 at 5:00 am.  Hunters will be escorted from gate to field.  Hunters will be allowed to hunt until 11:00 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 Thursday Sept 1 at 5:30 pm.  Youth hunters are encouraged to arrive early and hunters will be escorted to field starting at 4:30 pm.

Additional dove hunts will take place the mornings of Saturday Sept 3, 10 and 17.  Both 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 two-week period.  In 2015, 2300 doves were harvested on the Grand Osage Wildlife Area during the same period.

Non-toxic shot is required for all dove hunting on the Grand Osage Wildlife Area.

Rob Riggin

(620) 432-5053

Hollister Hollister Wildlife Area will have one dove management field for the 2016 dove season. This 20 acre sunflower field is located on the North side of Grand Road, 1 mile East of Elm Creek Lake. Parking for the dove field will be located in 2 designated parking areas located at south end of the field. Grand Road is very narrow and we ask that all hunters park in designated parking areas to allow for traffic. All hunters utilizing this dove management field are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit that will be available at the field when you show up to hunt. Also, hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot.

Monte Manbeck

(620) 449-2539

Marais des Cygnes No managed dove fields for 2016.

Karl Karrow

(913) 352-8941

Mined Land

Sunflower production was excellent on the Mined Land Wildlife Area for the growing season of 2016. This year Mined Land Wildlife Area staff planted four sunflower fields totaling 65 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, 2016.

Unit #45 (Field #1) The first plot is 10 acres in size and located ½ mile south of NW Liberty and NW 50th on the east 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 #4) The second field is located on the half mile line on the south side of the road west of the corner of NW Liberty Rd and NW 40th. This field is 9 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 at the intersection NW 40th and NW Liberty road.  This field runs along NW Liberty approximately a ¼ mile and is on the south side of 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.

David Jenkins

(620) 827-6301

David Shanholtzer

(620) 827-6301

Spring River No dove plots were planted

David Jenkins

(620) 827-6301

David Shanholtzer

(620) 827-6301

Toronto

Two fields of sunflowers totaling approximately 100 acres have been planted this year at Toronto Wildlife Area.  These fields will be managed through timely mowing to attract doves.   Fields at Toronto are in overall good condition despite heavy rains and flooding that took place this spring and early summer.  Good hunting opportunities are anticipated.

Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in managed dove fields at Toronto Wildlife Area. Managed dove fields are considered to be any field in which data collection by harvest survey cards is required and will usually be fields that have been planted in sunflowers.

Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each sunflower field.  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.  Accurate collection of this data is very important to help KDWP 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 Toronto Wildlife Area.  Extra signs will be posted around the dove fields, and KDWP 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.  The phone number to call to report band information is 1-800-327-(BAND) 2263.  This number is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.

For more information concerning the Toronto Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks at: (620)-583-6783.

Benjamin Stultz

(620)-583-6783

Dove Flats There are 10 acres of sunflowers planted for dove hunting.  Hunters are required to register prior to hunting and use non-toxic shot.  The field is located ½ mile south of the intersection of County Roads 3600 and 5600.  

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

Elk City

The Dove Management fields have been in the same areas since 2008. They include one 10 acre Youth Field near the State Park and also two other sunflower fields that are 20 acres that are open to all hunters. 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.

Elk City WA has 3 sunflower field management areas.  The south unit has sunflowers and wheat. Corn is adjacent and may not be harvested prior to season. A block of corn is between the wheat and sunflowers.  The Youth Field has sunflowers and wheat. Deer damage limited the amount of sunflowers that survived. The North Field has sunflowers with adjacent wheat on both sides. Corn is also planted near these fields and may not be harvested prior to season. 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 field (YOUTH FIELD) is designated Youth Hunting only. It is located 1/4th mile south of the Elk City State Park entrance on the west side of the county road. Hunters are only allowed in the designated dove hunting area, due to the proximity to the Elk City State Park. See posted map at registration site.This field is open to hunting for youth 17 years old and younger accompanied by a Mentor.  The Mentor may not hunt.

The second area (SOUTH FIELD) is located north of the intersection of County Roads 2900 and 4200. This area is open to all hunters.

The third area (NORTH FIELD) is located ¼ mile west of County Roads 3325 and 4600. The field is located 1/8 mile south in the ag fields. This area is open to all hunters.

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

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 poor on the Melvern Wildlife Area due to challenging planting conditions. After planting the fields did not receive any rain for over a month which caused all fields to ultimately fail. Some doves may be found bordering the edges of Ag fields and grasslands. No dove fields for 2016 on Melvern Wildlife Area.

Brad Niemann

(620) 699-3372

Woodson Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields. Rest of Woodson Wildlife Areas is open to lead shot.  Sunflowers look great this year, with the abundant growing season precipitation.  Heads are above average in size, with a heavy yield.  Staff will start mowing sunflowers second week of Aug., and continue to do so till opener, keeping birds on the fields.   Staff expects great dove numbers again, but also expect lots of hunters.  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.

John Johnson

(620) 637-2748

Dove Banding Study

Dove Banding Study

Dove Banding Pic 2

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..

Dove Banding Pic 1

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.