Jeffrey Energy Center Wildlife Area News
Unit #2 dove fields will be closed Sept. 1-4th for Westar Energy's youth hunts and open back up on Sept. 5th to open public hunting. Sunflower fields on the area suffered an unfortunate loss this year as the seed delivered was no herbicide resistant and when sprayed for weeds they were terminated. Fallow fields on the area were then planted to pearl millet in hopes of having a back up food source for the area fields.
Unit #1 dove fields will not have any special regulations or restrictions. However due to a mix up in seed delivery sunflower fields were terminated leaving just one wheat field on the area for dove hunting.
Despite the windy spring, a good number of burns were completed to enhance grazing activity, grassland health, and benefit wildlife populations. There are also several summer burns planned to set back woody encroachment and provide crucial upland bird habitat with varying stages of growth.