Special Youth Dove Hunting Opportunities Abound Opening Weekend
PRATT – If you’re looking to introduce a youngster to the joys of dove hunting, opportunities for youth-only hunts will be available throughout the state this season. Listed below are three upcoming youth dove hunts that are sure to provide your kiddo with plenty of action and a memorable time afield.
HAYS- CEDAR BLUFF WILDLIFE AREA
Hosted by: Smoky Hill Chapter of Pheasants Forever
Hunt date: Sept. 5
Registration deadline: Sept. 1. Call to register.
Age limit: 10-17
Contact: Luke Winge (785) 726-1600
A managed crop field on Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area is reserved exclusively for this youth-only event. Hunters will meet at 1 p.m. at the old Cedar Bluff Fish Hatchery to receive wingshooting instruction and meet their mentors. The group will then head to the managed dove field until sunset. After legal shooting light, all participants will return for a free BBQ dinner and lessons on how to properly clean their doves.
Space is limited and kids who have not hunted before will be given preference to participate.
If requested, shotguns can be provided. Shot shells in 12 and 20 gauge will be provided. Hunters age 16 and older must have a hunting license and Harvest Information Program permit prior to hunting.
BUNKER HILL- WILSON WILDLIFE AREA
Hosted by: Black Gold Pheasants Forever Chapter in Russell and Big Brothers, Big Sisters JT VonLintel Memorial Outdoor Mentoring Program
Hunt date: Sept. 5 (with a dinner and trapshooting instruction on Sept. 4)
Registration deadline: Sept. 2. Call to register.
Age limit: 10-16
Contact: Scott Thomasson, (785) 472-7210, or Vickie Cikanek, (785) 501-0867
A managed crop field on the lake property will be reserved exclusively for this event, providing excellent hunting opportunities for youth hunters and their mentors, who may also hunt. Hunters will meet before sunrise on the morning of the hunt at the Wilson Wildlife Area shop to check-in, pair up with mentors if needed, and pick up shotgun shells. Hunters are welcome to spend as long as they choose in the field.
Kids who have not hunted before will be given preference to participate.
Some shotguns will be available for kids without one, and non-toxic 12 and 20 gauge shotgun shells will be provided. Hunters age 16 must have a hunting license and Harvest Information Program permit prior to hunting.
St. Marys- Jeffrey Energy Center
Hosted by: Westar Energy Green Team
Hunt date: Sept. 5-6
Registration deadline: Aug. 28. Call to register.
Age limit: 16 and younger
Contact: Barb Cornelius, (785) 575-8125
Spacious wheat and sunflower fields have been prepared to draw in doves, providing plenty of action.
Hunters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunts will be scheduled as requests dictate and hunting groups can be formed. Guides will be provided for each group.
Youth hunters must bring their own shotguns and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Hunters age 16 must have a Kansas hunting license and Harvest Information Program permit.
Non-toxic shells will be provided.
Can’t make a scheduled hunt? Visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” “Where to Hunt,” and “KDWPT Dove Hunting Fields” to plan your own hunt at a managed field near you.
The Kansas dove hunting season is open Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 and Nov. 7-15. Hunters 16 and older must possess a Kansas hunting license and Harvest Information Program permit, unless exempt.
Hunters make take up to 15 doves, mourning and white-winged, single species or in combination. There is no limit on Eurasian collared or ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to the mourning and white-winged dove daily bag must have a fully-feathered wing attached while being transported.
Non-toxic shot may be required on KDWPT-managed dove fields. Visit ksoutdoors.com for details.