Toronto Wildlife Area News
2016 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Toronto Wildlife Area
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.