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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.
Dates: 11/20/2015 - 02/28/2016
- Season: Nov. 20, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2016
- Area open: Statewide
- Daily bag limit: No limit
- Possession limit: No limit
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.
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
Doves; management unit, hunting season, shooting hours, and bag and possession limits.
Doves; legal equipment, taking methods, and possession.
Managed Dove Hunting Areas on KDWPT Public Lands
2015 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 corner of the property, just east and north of the intersection of Fir and 130 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.
|Cedar Bluff|| |
For the 2015 Mourning Dove season there will be two managed dove fields available on the Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area.
The Page Creek field is a mowed safflower 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 a proso millet field that is open to Youth Mentor hunting. 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.
|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 5 designated dove management areas described below (maps provided on the WA webpage) require NON-TOXIC SHOT for the 2015 DOVE SEASON. 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 and millet 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 4 AND RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 5th the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 9. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Sept. 10 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 on the Glen Elder WA webpage.
County Line Fields- 3 miles east of Downs and south of highway 24. One 13 acre sunflower field and one 5 acre wheat field located approximately 200 yards east of the south parking lot.
Cawker City Fields- 1/2 mile south/ southwest of Cawker City on the south side of the dike behind sewer ponds. One 25 acre field that has sunflowers in the northern portion and german millet in the remainder. Hunters should park at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk over the dike to the field.
Mill Creek Fields- 4 miles south of Cawker City, ¾ mile east, and 2/3 mile north along the Mill Creek access road. One 13 acre sunflower field on the west side of the road and one 5 acre wheat field on the east side of the road just south of sunflowers.
East Granite Creek Fields- 1/4 mile north of Highway 24 on 170 Rd. and ½ mile west on D Rd. 2 fields that total about 12 acres. Portions of the fields contain sunflowers and other portions were planted to german millet where sunflowers failed.
Fisherman’s Bridge Field- just east of the intersection of I Rd. and 110 Rd. One 10 acre field of burned or mowed 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.
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.
Jamestown will continue with the iSportsman electronic check in/ check out system. Cards will only be available at the property headquarters. Hunters need to register on-line 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.
Two sunflower fields were planted early, and with adequate moisture, these fields are in excellent condition for the upcoming opener. These fields will be open September 1st to ALL hunters.
Field #1 – 8 acre sunflower field on the west side of Gun Club Marsh – From the intersection on KS Highway 28 and 10th Road (Cloud County), ¾ mile north to parking area. Eight acre sunflower field on the east side of the road will have mowed strips and blocks. Open to all hunters starting September 1.
Field #2 – 8 acre sunflower field on the south end of Pintail Marsh- From the intersection on KS Highway 28 and 30th Rd (Cloud County), 0.3 miles north to parking lot on the west side of the road. Eight acres sunflower field north of the parking lot will have mowed strips. Open to all hunters starting September 1.
Norton Wildlife Area has two areas that should provide good hunting for doves. Field #1 is 9 acres and has been planted to sunflowers. Sunflowers will be mowed in the month leading up to dove opener. Area #2 is comprised of 9 acres of sunflowers, 12 acres of cover crop and 6 acres of mature wheat. Wheat and cover crop will be mowed or burned in the weeks leading up to the dove opener depending on weather conditions. The sunflowers will be mowed in the weeks leading up to the opener. Norton Wildlife Area does not require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.
FIELD 1 (9 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 3.5 miles south on HWY 383. Go east on South Lake Rd. (first road south of the bridge) for 1.6 miles. Field is located near the Sand Pit Camp area. Survey cards are available at the west 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 starts at the kiosk behind the mixing strip and includes all fields east to Horseshoe Camp Area. Survey cards are available at the information kiosk.
Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.
|Ottawa State Lake||No Managed dove fields this year but open areas do provide some dove hunting.|| |
Webster Wildlife Area has one 8 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 GoogleEarth 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.
All designated dove management fields described below require NON-TOXIC SHOT for the 2015 DOVE SEASON. 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. Some managed dove fields will have mowed parking areas and/or mowed walking trails to the fields.
The Spring Creek Dove Fields will be reserved for a youth dove hunt on Sept 5th. They will be closed to hunting Sept 1st-4th. The Spring Creek Dove Fields will be open to all dove hunters September 6th. This area is closed to hunting to improve opportunities for the youth hunters. Thank you for your cooperation. Several other managed sunflower and wheat fields are open to all dove hunters September 1st.
Mellard Rd Sunflower Dove Field (8 ac) - 3/4 mile east of 192nd and Mellard Rd, field on south side of Mellard Rd; sunflowers produced well and strips will be mowed in mid/late August
Old Archery Range Sunflower Dove Field (8 ac) - Access from hunter parking lot 1/2 mile north of Saline River Bridge on east side of 192nd Rd; a walking trail will be mowed to the field; sunflowers produced well and strips will be mowed in mid/late August.
Dam Rd Sunflower (5 ac) and Wheat (5 ac) Dove Fields - Access from hunter parking lot 1/2 mile north of Dam Rd and 193rd; a walking trail to the fields will be mowed; sunflowers produced well and strips will be mowed in mid/late August; wheat on north side of cedar windbreak will be mowed and/or disked lightly
Cedar Creek Bridge Sunflower Dove Field (4 ac) – Located ¼ north of Land Rd and 195th (Cedar Creek Bridge); sunflowers produced well and strips will be mowed in mid/late August
Spring Creek Sunflower and Wheat Dove Fields – Located along Reservoir Lane near Spring Creek; One wheat field (10 acres) will be burned toward the end of August; two cover crop fields produced an excellent stand of sunflowers and 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.
|Kansas River Wildlife Area|| |
Urish Tract- Twenty acres of sunflowers. Hunting permits will be issued for the first two days of the season through the draw in the department’s special hunts program. Beginning on September 3rd hunting will be available to everyone but 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.
Nine managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling 90 acres. ALL DOVE FIELDS ON PERRY WILDLIFE AREA ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY.All fields on the area are mixed fields with sunflower centers and wheat borders except one 5.5 acre field off Headwater Road which is millet, one field located at the corner of 186th and Finney just northwest of Reichart marsh which is millet, and one 3 acre field north of the Area Office which is all sunflowers. Two fields are located north of 190th. The east field will be open to all access and the west field will be refuge until Thursday September 3rd. Two fields totaling 12 acres will be located just north of the Area Office. Two fields totaling 14.5 acres will be located northwest of the intersection of Finney and 170th. And the last field is located on the southwest corner of Ferguson and 154th Street in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.
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. Also, the sunflower/wheat combination fields are designed for hunters to sit in the standing sunflowers in the middle of the field and shoot outward, this will greatly reduce the potential for injury.
Perry Wildlife Area is changing to the electronic permitting system iSportsman starting September 1st, 2015. 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, one dove survey card station will be located at the area office for those unable to use the electronic system.
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 until September 3rd. The West field located north of 190th Rd. 13 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #2: Non-Toxic shot only. East field located north of 190th Rd. 20 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #3: Non-Toxic shot only. Located at the corner of 186th and Finney just northwest of Reichart marsh, 13 acres of millet.
Field #4: Non-Toxic shot only.Located off Headwater Rd. 5.5 acres of millet.
Field #5: Non-Toxic shot only.Field located North of area office, 9 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #6: Non-Toxic shot only.Field located immediately north of area office, 3 acres of sunflowers.
Field #7: Non- Toxic shot only.Field located south of area office off Finney Rd. 8 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #8: Non-Toxic shot only. Field located just west of the intersection of 170th and Finney Rd. 8 acres of sunflowers/wheat.
Field #9: Non-Toxic shot only. Field located on the southwest corner of Ferguson and 154th Street in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.
Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.
|Clinton||Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). This information helps guide future management efforts. Eight sunflower fields and six 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.|| |
ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY
Eight sunflower fields totaling 80 acres ranging in size from 7 acres to 12 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.
|Clay/Dickinson County WIHA||3 sunflower dove fields on WIHA located near the Clay/Dickinson county line. N2SE4 34-10-3 (near Quail and 1st Rd), N2SW4 2-11-3 (near Oat and 3600), and NW4 11-11-3 (near Oat and 3550). Mowing will take place the last week in August.|| |
All Fields Non-Toxic Shot Only
REQUIRED STARTING SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 – All hunters and trappers must check-in using iSportsman prior to using Hillsdale Wildlife Area. http://kdwpt.isportsman.net
Eight fields will be available at Hillsdale for dove hunters in 2015. Despite heavy rains in May and June, 3 sunflower, 1 millet, and 4 harvested wheat fields should provide plenty of opportunities for hunters.
See Hillsdale Wildlife Area webpage for maps
|Rutlader||Heavy May and June rains severely stunted sunflower fields at Rutlader Wildlife Area. Sunflowers likely will not produce seed for 2015 dove season.|| |
(913) 783 4405
See Elwood Wildlife Area web page for map
|Benedictine Bottoms|| |
See Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area web page for map
|Oak Mills|| |
See Benedictine Bottoms web page for map. This area is new and does not have a web page yet.
4 acres of sunflowers and 4 acres of wheat. Wet 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 starting Sept. 1
To view a map of the food plots, go to area news on KDWPT web site for Bolton Wildlife Area
|Jeffrey Energy Center|| |
Unit #1: 2 acres were planted to sunflowers and 2.5 acres planted to wheat. Unit #1 is located approximately 4miles 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 marked on the map. This field will be non-toxic shot only.
Unit #2-Will be closed to the public during the first week of season to allow for the annual Youth Dove hunt hosted by Westar. It will be open to the public on Sept. 8th. A new special hunt this year on Unit #2 will allow lucky hunters access to a youth hunt field off of Tower Hill Rd. on September 6th and 7th after the youth hunt on that field. Hunters awarded this hunt will not need to go through the main gate to get permission and may park along the road near the field. This field will also be non-toxic shot only.
To view a map of the area go to area news on Jeffrey Energy Center
|Nemaha||No fields for 2015||(785) 363-7316|
|Noe||No fields for 2015|
|Tuttle Creek||No fields for 2015 as a result of flooding|| |
|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 wheat was decent this year.||
|Cheyenne Bottoms|| |
One 5 acre field of proso millet is located 0.8 mile east of the intersection of K-156 and NE 50 Road in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area.
All hunters are required to obtain and complete a free Daily Hunt Permit. Non-toxic shot is required.
|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 good 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.||
|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).||
|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.||
|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|| |
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.
|Texas Lake|| |
One 10 acre field of mowed native and planted sunflowers located at the intersection of NW 140th Ave. and NW 10th St.
Non-toxic shot is required. All hunters are required to complete a free daily hunt permit available at parking lots on the wildlife area.
There are also other dove hunting opportunities available at Texas Lake Wildlife Area and at nearby Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area.
|Byron Walker||Byron Walker Wildlife Area has an 8 acre dove field of burned wheat located 10.5 miles west of Kingman on highway 54, 1/2 mile north in the middle of section 33. This section is located on the north side of the highway 54 and the east side of the Penalosa blacktop or 110th avenue. It will be a bit difficult to find and to get to. The traditional field needed different agricultural practices this season. Due to its remote location, no permits will be required in 2015.|| |
|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 25 acre dove field is located on the east side of Mayfield road1/2 mile south of silver lake road. Permit boxes will be located on both the north and south ends of the field. Hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot.|| |
|Kaw||Kaw Wildlife Area will have two areas for dove harvest. One will be 18 acre sunflower field located at the parking lot of 111th Rd. This field 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. The second one will be 18 acres sunflower field south of Silverdale. Portion of this field will be harvested and some rows standing. The field has trees on the north side is heavily used by area doves. It is located south of Silverdale on Cowley 1 on the west side. It is the just north of the third bridge and south of 304th Road. All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit.|| |
Marion Wildlife Area will have two, 10-acre sunflower fields for dove hunting during the 2015 season. These fields are side-by-side, with a wide brush and tree row separating them, on 260th Road about ¼ mile east of Limestone Road. Due to recent heavy rains, these fields have not yet been mowed or harvested, but strips will be mowed through the sunflowers before the season opener if drier conditions allow. These fields are open to ALL hunters, and non-toxic shot is required. During the first week of September, all hunters are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit, available on the property.
For additional information please contact the Marion Wildlife Area office at (620) 732-3946.
|McPherson Wetlands|| |
McPherson Valley Wetlands will have one, 62-acre sunflower field for dove hunting during the 2015 season. The field is located one mile north of Arapaho Road on 10th Avenue, southeast of Inman, in the Little Sinkhole Unit. The May planting of sunflowers was flooded out, but the June planting of sunflowers is looking good; however, the flowers will not be mature for the September 1st dove opener and they will not be mowed or harvested until after the season is open. As a result, this field should provide better opportunities for dove hunting later in September. This field is open to ALL hunters, and non-toxic shot is required. All hunters are required to either obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit, available on the property, or use the i-Sportsman electronic hunt permit system. Hunters are encouraged to use i-Sportsman instead of the paper hunt permits as i-Sportsman will be required of all hunters in 2016. Please see the KDWPT website to complete the registration process for i-Sportsman.
For additional information please contact the McPherson Valley Wetlands office at (620) 241-7669.
|El Dorado|| |
Two sunflower tracts (5 and 16 acres) should provide fair to good 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 5 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 16 acre sunflower field can be found by walking 0.35 mile southwest of the parking area that lies west of the Walnut River on NE 90th 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.
|Council Grove|| |
Lake flooding has impacted dove hunting potential at Council Grove Wildlife Area for the 2015 season. One 15 acre sunflower field planted near the Neosho River was lost to flooding. Another 13 acre field planted to corn and planned to be mowed for doves was removed from consideration after portions of the field and other nearby crops were also lost to flooding. A third field survived flooding however and should provide fair dove hunting opportunity at Council Grove Wildlife Area. The surviving field is a 13 acre sunflower tract near Munkers Creek. Portions of this field will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. The field can be accessed from the west by walking approximately 0.25 mile east of the parking area at the south end of 850 Road. The field can be accessed from the south by walking approximately 0.25 mile north 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.
|Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)||There are two sunflower fields located on the Buffalo Ranch WA. The stand suffered from cold and wet weather conditions and resulted in a poor stand. Mowing will begin after the first week of August. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season. The fields are 5.5 miles north of Havana, then go 1 mile west of the intersection of CR 4000 and 1350 to the Chautauqua and Montgomery county line to the primary entrance and parking area. Hunting is restricted to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays only. Hunters are required to register prior to entering the field. I-Sportsman is available as well as paper survey cards this year. In 2016, I-Sportsman registration will be required of all hunters. See the department website to complete the one-time on-line registration for I-Sportsman. This property is not requiring non-toxic shot for 2015. Non-toxic shot will be required in 2016.|| |
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
|Fall River|| |
Six sunflower fields totaling approximately 65 acres. One sunflower field is located on T Road approximately 1.5 miles South of 130th St., two fields are about 1/2 mile south of 100th on V Road, a small field is just east of Moss Ford on 85th St, and two more fields are about 1.5 miles east of KS 99 on 80th St. just east of the office.The two fields on 80th street at the office will be closed to hunting until the Morning of September 6th for a youth dove hunt that will be held on September 5, 2015.
A map of the dove fields can be found on the Fall River webpage under the “News” button at the top of the page. .All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit.
Also, hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Fall River Wildlife Area.
|Grand Osage Wildlife Area|| |
The Grand Osage Wildlife area (formerly known as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant) will have four sunflower fields available to dove hunters during early September.
On opening day, two fields will be open to the general public. Access to the fields will require access via gate 3 located at 23050 Scott Rd. Hunters will be escorted to fields. Hunters will be allowed access in the gate from 5:00 am until 9:00 am. Legal shooting time begins at 6:22 am. Hunters will be allowed access off the property (by escort) as they are ready to leave.
A second hunt will be available to all hunters the following morning, Wednesday September 2. Same time and restrictions as opening day.
Additional dove hunting opportunities on the Grand Osage Wildlife Area includes morning hunts for the following weekend on September 5 and 6. Gates will open at 5:00 am. “Providing short duration hunts with time to rest the doves, should extend dove use and opportunities for hunters” Riggin stated. “We hope to provide high quality dove hunts for possibly a two-week period.
Youth Dove Hunt Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm
The use of lead shot on Grand Osage Wildlife Area will be allowed for the 2015 hunting season.
No pre-registration is required for dove hunts. However, hunters are required to complete dove harvest information following the hunt. All area hunters are encouraged to check the legs of harvested doves for bands.
For more information call (620) 432-5053 or email at email@example.com
|Hollister||Hollister Wildlife Area will have one dove management field for the 2015 dove season. The field is 26 acres of sunflowers. The field is located on the North side of Hackberry Road, in between the twin bridges, just west of 155th. Parking for the dove field will be located in a designated parking area at southwest corner of the field. All hunters utilizing this dove management field are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit.|| |
|Marais des Cygnes||No managed dove fields for 2015|| |
|Mined Land|| |
Sunflower production was good on the Mined Land Wildlife Area despite challenging planting conditions. This year Mined Land staff planted four sunflower fields totaling 69 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, 2015.
Unit #45 (Field #2) The second field is located on the southwest corner of NW Liberty Rd and NW 40th. This field is 13 acres in size. Open to all hunters.
Unit #39 sunflower plot is 30 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 a ½ mile east of intersection NW 40th and NW Liberty road. The field can be found by following sign directions located on site. Open to all hunters.
Unit #45 has two sunflower plots. The first on is located on Field #2 and is 13 acres in size and can be found on the southwest corner of NW Liberty Rd and NW 40th.½ mile west of the intersection of NW 40th and NW Liberty on the south side of the road.
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.|| |
|Toronto||No Dove Fields at Toronto Wildlife Area for 2015.|| |
|Dove Flats||There were no sunflowers or wheat for dove on the property this year.|| |
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
|Elk City|| |
Elk City WA has 3 sunflower field management areas. Due to extreme flooding during the summer, only one field has any sunflowers. The south field had very poor stand survival. The youth field and north field have no sunflower survival. Some limited wheat stubble is available for hunting on the area, but it was also impacted by flooding. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season for any dove use.
The Dove Management fields have been in the same areas since 2008. They include one 10 acre youth field and also two other sunflower fields that are 17 and 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.
NON-TOXIC SHOT IS STILL REQUIRED IN THESE MANAGED DOVE HUNTING AREAS ON ELK CITY WILDLIFE AREA FOR 2015 AND WILL BE POSTED.
No Daily Hunt Permit is required at Elk City WA for 2015 due to a lack of sunflowers. 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.
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
Please remember to sign into the new iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit program before hunting and be careful not to shoot at any public roads.
Melvern Wildlife Area has 2 sunflower fields that will be managed for dove hunting opportunity.
Field #1 is approximately 7 acres and is located 1 ½ miles north of Highway 170 on Carlson Road (Lyon and Osage county line) on the West side of the road.
Field #2 is approximately 8 acres and is located West of the intersection of Road 270 and Carlson Road (Lyon and Osage county line) on the South side of the road.
|Woodson||Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields. Rest of Woodson Wildlife Areas is open to lead shot. Sunflowers did not reach tall height this year due to cold, wet conditions early on during growing season. Though short, the sunflowers did complete excellent high yields. Expect great dove numbers again, but also expect lots of hunters. Last year opening weekend was fairly crowded, but hunter numbers dropped off during weekdays, The sunflowers will be partially mowed prior to season. 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.