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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: 11/07/2015 - 11/15/2015
- Area open: Statewide
- Daily bag limit: The daily bag limit of 15 applies to mourning and white-winged doves, 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.
- Possession limit: 45 (mourning and white-winged doves)
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
Dates: 09/01/2015 - 10/31/2015
(Mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves)
- Area open: Statewide
- Daily bag limit: The daily bag limit of 15 applies to mourning and white-winged doves, 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.
- Possession limit: 45 (mourning and white-winged)
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)
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. All Waterfowl stamps are good through season.
- Kansas HIP Stamp: $2.50
- State Waterfowl Stamp: $7
- Federal Waterfowl Stamp: $16.50 - Purchased at any KDWP office or at any US Post Office.
- 48-hour Waterfowl license: $27.50
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
2014 Fields Managed for Dove Hunting
Below are fields managed for dove hunting by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & 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.
wwwwLocated 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 Youth / Mentor / Novice hunters ONLY for the first day of the season (September 1). The area will be open to all hunters on Sept. 2 and 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 2014 Mourning Dove season there will be two managed dove fields available on the Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area.
The second field is a safflower field that is open to youth mentor hunting. This is a third year dove field that is located east of Hwy 147 adjacent to the park entrance. Due to replanting, seed production on this field is about 1 week behind schedule and will be manipulated between Aug 25 and Aug 30. There is currently very little dove use on this field at this time.
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) will require NON-TOXIC SHOT for the 2014 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 will not be required. All managed dove areas will have mowed parking areas and mowed walking trails to the fields.
County Line Fields- 3 miles east of Downs and south of highway 24. One 30 acre sunflower field near the south parking lot and one 5 acre wheat field just east of the sunflowers.
Cawker City Fields- 1 mile south/ southwest of Cawker City just south of the old airport location. One 16 acre sunflower field and one 5 acre wheat field to the NW of sunflowers. This FIELD WILL BE RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 1 FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 1 the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 7. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Sept. 9 the field will be open to all hunters for the remainder of the season. Hunters may park at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk over the dike to the field, or they can use the parking area 1/4 mile south of Hwy 24 immediately west of Cawker City.
Mill Creek Fields- 4 miles south and 1/2 mile east of Cawker City. Several sunflower fields that total 22 acres.
North Granite Creek Fields- 1 mile north of Highway 24 on C Rd. at the far north end of the property. 3 sunflower fields that total 20 acres. There will also be a 5 acre wheat field located on the east side of the Granite Creek Cove that can be accessed from either the north or east.
Glen Elder Field-¼ mile south of Glen Elder below the dam. One 5 acre field of burned 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.
Sunflowers were planted very late due to wet weather, and dove use should improve throughout the season as the plants ripen. Two areas of wild millet, wild sunflowers and other annual weeds will be manipulated prior to opening day.
Doves are also attracted to the shallow water areas found on the area.
Field #1 – 16 acre fallow wheat field – From the intersection on Cloud Co. Road 765 and Vale Road between 30th and 40th Rds. Fifteen acres of fallow wheat stubble/weeds will be manipulated. This 240 acre area will be open to Youth & Novice / Mentor hunters only for first day of the season (Sept. 1). Novice hunters are those hunters 17 or younger or any person who has not hunted doves before. Mentors (adults 18 or older) may hunt this area as long as they have at least 1 youth or novice hunter with them. Open to all hunters for the season on September 2.
Field #2 – Mowed annual vegetation in Buffalo Creek North Marsh - From the intersection on Cloud Co. Road 765 and Vale Road between 30th and 40th Rds.This 240 acre area will be open to Youth & Novice / Mentor hunters only for first day of the season (Sept. 1). Open to all hunters for the season on September 2.
Mandatory Daily Hunter Survey permits are required and are available at the Information Centers.
Norton Wildlife Area has four fields that should provide good for doves (5ac, 15ac, 3ac & 6ac). All four fields are planted to sunflowers and one is planted to sunflowers and wheat. Wheat will be mowed or burned in the weeks leading up to the dove opener depending on weather conditions. Norton Wildlife Area does not require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.
FIELD 1(5 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 2.3 miles south to North Hills Road (enter at KDOT mixing strip) then drive .3 miles to the sunflower field on the south side of the road.
FIELD 2(15 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 area.
FIELD 3(3 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 2.6 miles. Field is on the north side of the road.
FIELD 4(6 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 2.7 miles. Field is on the north side of the road.
ALL FIELDS ARE OPEN TO ALL HUNTERS.
Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required of all hunters and will be available at each field for the first week of dove season.
Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.
|Ottawa State Lake||No managed dove fields for 2014 however there are quite a few doves around the wheat field on the northeast side of the property and around the fallow fields on the southeast side.|| |
|Smoky Hill / Kanopolis||No managed dove fields for 2014|| |
Webster Wildlife Area has one 10 acre sunflower field that should provide good opportunities for dove hunting. The field consists of four patches separated by a grassed terrace. Portions of the four 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.
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.
Click here to see the location of 2014 Sunflower field in Google Earth kmz
Located west of Stockton, KS. on U.S. Hwy 24. Check Webster website for more details and updates.
Located north of Interstate 70 near Bunker Hill, KS. Wilson Wildlife Area has four areas that are managed for doves in 2014. Dove fields are all sunflowers and will be ready by the opener. Check Wilson website for field maps and updates.
Fields A & C– Sunflowers; Strips will be mowed weekly in August through these fields. Open To All Dove Hunters Sept. 1.
Fields B and D– Sunflowers; Strips will be mowed weekly in August through these fields. Fields B and D will be Reserved on September 1 for a Youth/Mentor hunt. For more information or to register for the youth/mentor dove hunt, contact Scott Thomasson. Fields will Open To All Dove Hunters on September 2.
Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 3 days of the Dove hunting Season and will be available at the fields. Dove Management fields are NON TOXIC shot only.
|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 available at the kiosk on Urish Road. A safety zone will be enforced on this property. The safety zone will be marked in the field and is designated on the area brochure. 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 the department’s special hunts program. 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 the department’s special hunts program. 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. Each hunter must have in their possession the department issued hunt permit and report the results of their hunt electronically at the conclusion of their hunt. 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 approximately 90 acres. Six of the fields are mixed fields with wheat centers and sunflower borders, and three fields are sunflowers only.
Please be aware that all but one field is NON-TOXIC shot only and some fields are special hunts fields not open to the public September 1st. There is also a refuge dove field that will not open to the public until September 6th. Below each field is listed with a description and any special regulations that apply to that field.
Field #1 – Non-Toxic shot only. Refuge field closed to public until September 6th. Located north of 190th Rd. 14 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #2 – Non-Toxic shot only. Located south of 190th Rd. 13 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #3 – Non-Toxic shot only. Special Hunts field only open to successful applicants on September 1st. Open to public September 2nd. Located southwest of the corner of Finney and 186th Rd. 5 acres of sunflowers.
Field #4 - Non-Toxic shot only. Special Hunts field only open to successful applicants on September 1st. Open to public September 2nd. Located north of the corner of Headwater and Cove Rd. 4 acres of sunflowers.
Field #5 - Non-Toxic shot only. Located east of Perry Wildlife Area Office at the end of 174th Rd. 8 acres of sunflowers/wheat.
Field #6 – Located east of Finney Rd. and south of the Perry Wildlife Area Office 20 acres of sunflowers/wheat.
Field #7 – Non-Toxic shot only. Located west of Harvey Rd. 4 acres of sunflowers.
Field #8 - Non-Toxic shot only. Youth and Mentor/Handicapped access field only. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field. Located west of Ferguson Rd. before 154th Rd. 15 acres of sunflower/wheat.
Field #9 - Non-Toxic shot only. Special Hunts field only open to successful applicants on September 1st. Open to public September 2nd. Located southeast of the corner of Edwards and 130th Rd. 5.5 acres of sunflowers/wheat.
Mandatory hunter survey cards will be required during the first week of the Dove season and will be available at each of the fields.
Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.
All fields will have daily hunter survey stations. Hunters in these fields will be required to complete these after hunting. This information helps guide future management efforts. Detailed maps and information will be posted on the Clinton Wildlife Area web pages.
Please be aware of the fields that are Non-toxic shot only, and the fields that are not open to any hunting until September 2nd.
Field 1 – Located on 1400 Rd. Consists of 2 fields on the south side of the road. Available through Special Hunts Only for Sept 1 . Open for anyone Sept 2 . Non-Toxic Shot Only
Field 2 (Opens Sept 2 ) - Located on E350 south of N1400 Rd. The gate that is normally closed on E350 will open at 6am on Sept 2nd and close that night. Non-Toxic Shot Only
Field 3 - South of 89th St on the west side of Woodring Rd (County line)
Field 4 (Opens Sept 2nd) - ½ mile west of Woodring Rd (County line) on the south side of 89th St.
Field 5 -¼ mile south of 89th St, and ¼ mile east of Shadden Rd. Survey station will be located in the parking lot off of Shadden Rd
Field 6 (Special Youth Hunt) – ¼ mile south of 89th St west of Shadden Rd. Survey station will be on the east side of Shadden Rd. This field will be reserved on Sept 1st for a special youth hunt until 12 noon. After that, it will be open for anyone.
Field 7 - ½ mile west of the N1000 Rd and E100 Rd intersection on the north side of N1000 Rd. Non-Toxic Shot Only
Field 8 –1 mile south of County Rd 1023 on E350 Rd. E350 Rd will be closed ¼ of a mile before the field. Non-Toxic Shot Only
ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY
Eight sunflower fields totaling 80 acres ranging in size from 4 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. New this year, all hunters will be required to register with I-Sportsman before and after each hunt.
|Clay/Dickinson County WIHA||There are a total of six small sunflower fields (1-4acres each) on WIHA in Clay and Dickinson Co. From Clay/Dickinson county line; 1 field is 1/2 mile north on Quail Road, one field is 1/2 mile south on Oat Road, and two field are 1 mile south on Oat Road. The other two fields are located on the west side of Herington Reservoir. Nontoxic shot is NOT required for these fields.|| |
A total of 4 fields were managed to attract doves in 2014. Approximately 35 acres of sunflowers and wheat will be partially mowed (or burned if wheat) prior to opening day.
Youth Mentor Field - (Non-Toxic Shot ONLY) Located just east of Waverly Rd, the youth mentor field is reserved for youth (16 and under) accompanied by a mentor (18 and older). This field is set aside to limit hunting pressure and increase opportunities for beginners. The 9-acre field is easily accessible from Waverly Rd or the Wade Branch parking area.
Wade Branch Field- (Non-Toxic Shot ONLY) (10 acres) Our most accessible dove field at Hillsdale, located ~250 yards east of Waverly Rd. Ten acres of sunflowers and wheat.
Hillsdale Point Field - (9 acres) Hidden from the road and almost a half mile walk from the nearest parking, this field is likely to experience less hunting pressure than others. A ring of sunflowers with wheat in the middle and woodland immediately adjacent. Park along Gardner road and follow the mowed path to the field.
Little Bull Field - (7 acres) Approximately 450 yards north of 223rd St on the northern end of the Little Bull inlet. Access from the parking area just west and follow the mowed trail and signs.
Hunting/Survey Permit (Required) - All dove hunters are required to obtain a "free" Daily Dove Hunting Permit while hunting doves on these fields. Free permits will be available on site. The top half of the permit is completed and deposited into a mailbox (at the hunting area) before hunting. The bottom portion is carried while in the field, filled out, and deposited into the mailbox at the completion of the hunt. A new permit is required for each hunt. This information is being collected from many managed dove fields in eastern Kansas in an effort to evaluate dove management activities on public lands. We are interested in the beneficial economic issues related to hunting doves. We are also interested in how much lead is being deposited on managed areas. This information will help us maintain and improve funding for managed dove fields in the future. Thanks for your cooperation and participation with this survey.
Rutlader is a small wildlife area (113 acres total) located about 7 miles south of Louisburg, KS on W. 335th St just east of US HWY 69. The wildlife area is divided into two sections by Metcalf Rd and the Rutlader Outpost.
Two fields totaling 14.5 acres were planted to attract doves at Rutlader in 2014. Both fields are strips of sunflowers with adjacent volunteer wheat. There are no special restrictions for use;
Hunting/Survey Permit (Required) - All dove hunters are required to obtain a "free" Daily Dove Hunting Permit while hunting doves on these fields. Dove permit cards will be available at the parking area (at the barn on the corner of Metcalf and W 335th st). The top half of the permit is completed and deposited into a mailbox before hunting. The bottom portion is carried while in the field, filled out, and deposited into the mailbox at the completion of the hunt. A new permit is required for each hunt. This information is being collected from many managed dove fields in eastern Kansas in an effort to evaluate dove management activities on public lands. We are interested in the beneficial economic issues related to hunting doves. We are also interested in how much lead is being deposited on managed areas. This information will help us maintain and improve funding for managed dove fields in the future. Thanks for your cooperation and participation with this survey.
(913) 783 4405
There are four sunflower dove fields located Elwood Wildlife Area. Please remember to sign into the new iSportsman electronic daily hunt permit program or pick up a daily permit/survey card in parking areas before hunting.
This area is non toxic shot only
There are Dove fields at each of the 4 Elwood WA locations
Another 8 acre sunflower field is located at the western most parking area on the frontage road. Fallow the mowed trail along the east side of the trees just south of the parking area.
See Elwood Wildlife Area web page for map
|Benedictine Bottoms|| |
There is one sunflower field and one wheat field on Benedictine Wildlife Area. Please remember to pick up a daily permit/survey card in parking areas before hunting.
This area is non toxic shot only
|Oak Mills|| |
Please remember to pick up a daily permit/survey card in parking areas before hunting.
This area is non toxic shot only
There are two sunflower fields at Oak Mills this year. These fields were planted late and may not mature in time for the opening season.
Bolton WA has 6.5 acres of sunflowers that are looking fair, 5 acres of wheat that did well and will be burned, and 1.5 acres of proso millet which came up and grew well but has significant insect damage. Bolton will be a special hunt for opening day, open as usual Sept 2 - till end of season.
Dove hunters using these managed fields must use non-toxic shot
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 that did pretty well even with head moth infestation, and 2.5 acres planted to wheat that did great. 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.
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||There will be no managed dove fields for 2014|| |
|Noe||There will be no managed dove fields for 2014|
|Tuttle Creek|| |
Four areas of managed dove fields are available. Free daily hunt permits will be required of all hunters and are available at the hunt site. Non-Toxic shot is required of all hunters using managed dove fields at Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.
Area 1- One 13 acre sunflower field and one 14 acre wheat field. The fields are located at the Old Irving Townsite, or 2 ½ miles south and 3 miles east of Blue Rapids.
Area 2- One 25 acre sunflower field and one 16 acre wheat field. The fields are located just west of the Black Vermillion Marsh, or 2 miles south of the intersection of Zenith and 14th roads.
Area 3- One 17 acre sunflower field and one 8 acre wheat field. The fields are located just south of the Olsburg Marsh, or ¼ mile west of the intersection of Shannon Creek and Cleburne roads.
Area 4- One 40 acre sunflower field located approximately 2.5 miles north of the town of Randolph, or ½ mile east of the intersection of Hwy 77 and Fancy Creek road.
See Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area webpage for maps of all the fields. These will be posted in the “Area News” section.
|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 not harvested this year. Fields will be utilized for dove opportunities (mowed and burned if possible). Wheat fields total 74 acres.||
|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.
Four acres of proso millet were planted in the youth hunting Mitigation Marsh.
Hunters using the Mitigation Marsh must be less than 16 years of age. One supervising adult for each youth may also hunt.
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. Though 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|| |
Located approximately 0.5 mi. south of Garden City in the Sandsage Prairie and Arkansas River Valley adjacent to the south bank of the Arkansas River. Various units within this 3,670 ac wildlife area will be open for dove hunting. In particular, North Pasture Units 2, 4 and 8 will be open to walk-in access and provides several dove attracting features. Attractants include five open ground water sources(pools); @ 56 acres of unharvested winter wheat split among ten fields of various sizes scattered throughout units 4 and 8 and a dense population of native annual sunflowers throughout provide a tremendous food source; scattered trees and several utility lines and poles provide excellent roosting/perching sites for the doves and the opportunity for great pass shooting for the hunter.
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 mowed wheat & triticale field located at the intersection of NW 140th Ave. and NW 10th St.
One 5 acre mowed triticale field located north of Pool 1 on NW 130th Ave.
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 9 miles west of Kingman on highway 54, 1 mile north on NW 90th avenue, and 1 mile west on NW 10th street. It is located on the south side of the road and a daily permit is required to hunt. Permits are available at the permit box at the field entrance.|| |
|Cheney||Field location is south of the area office on Yoder Rd and on the East side of the road at the curve (follow the signs). GPS coordinates N 37° 47.669’ W 097° 51.383’. – Dove hunters using these managed fields 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 will be mowed prior to dove season and a small portion will be left standing The second one will be a harvested 38 acre wheat field that will be disked. 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||There will be two managed dove fields this year at Marion. Both are sunflower and approximately 20 to 30 acres a piece. One field is on 260th about .5 mile east of Kanza rd. The other is on Jade rd .5 mile south of 270th just north of broken bridge. Both fields are non-toxic Shot only, and hunt cards available at the field are required.|| |
|McPherson Wetlands|| |
McPherson Wetlands will have three managed dove fields this year. The first two fields, totaling approximately 75 acres, have been planted to sunflowers and will be manipulated by harvest and/or mowing prior to dove season opener. These two fields are located approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Inman, or 1/2 mile south of 9th Avenue and Buckskin road, at the Little Sinkhole marsh unit of the McPherson Valley Wetlands.
The third field will be 63 acres of wheat stubble also located in the Farland Lake / Little Sinkhole marsh unit. Staff will attempt to burn off this field if weather permits. This field is located approximately 3 miles east and 2 miles south of Inman, or at 11th and Arrowhead. This field with be for youth/mentor hunters only on September 1st. Beginning September 2nd, the field will be open to all hunters.
Non-toxic shot is required to hunt doves at McPherson Weltands.
|El Dorado|| |
Two sunflower tracts (10 & 17 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 10 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. The 17 acre sunflower field is about 200 yards north of the parking area along NE40th Street, south of Satchel Creek. 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|| |
Three sunflower tracts (3, 7, 15 acres) and one milo tract (10 acres) should provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at Council Grove Wildlife Area. Portions of each of these fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. The 3 acre sunflower tract is located approximately 200 yards south of the Neosho River bridge and east of Kelso Road. The 7 acre sunflower field is located south of the parking area and information kiosk near Gilmore Creek. The 15 acre sunflower tract is located approximately 200 yards east of the parking area at the south end of 850 Road, or, 300 yards north of the eastern most parking area along the north side of Munkers Creek. The 10 acre milo field is located about 0.25 miles south of the parking area and information kiosk west of Slough Creek on M Avenue. 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 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. Good planting conditions and weather has provided an excellent stand of flowers this year. Mowing will begin 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/Montgomery county line to the primary entrance and parking area. Hunting is restricted to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only. Hunters are required to complete the free survey cards.|| |
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
|Fall River|| |
Four sunflower fields totaling approximately 60 acres. One sunflower field is located on T Road approximately 1.5 miles South of 130th St., the second field is about 1/4 mile south of 100th on V Road, and the last two are about 1.5 miles east of KS 99 on 80th St. just east of the office.The fields on 80th street will be closed to hunting until the Morning of September 7th for a youth dove hunt that will be held on September 6, 2014. 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, this year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Fall River Wildlife Area.
Hollister Wildlife Area will have one dove management field for the 2014 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.
|Marais des Cygnes||No managed dove fields for 2014|| |
|Mined Land|| |
Sunflower production was excellent on the Mined Land Wildlife Area this year in which four sunflower fields totaling 72 acres were planted and will be available for dove hunting starting September 1, 2014.
Unit #44 sunflower plot is 14.4 acres in size and 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. To find the Mentor/Youth field go ½ mile south of West Mineral, Kansas on NW 50th from the intersection of NW50th and NW Scammon(102 hwy). This field will be located on the west side of the road. 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, 2014. After September 1, 2014 this field will be 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 17.87 acres in size and can be found at the intersection of NW 40 and NW Liberty Road. Open to all hunters.
Unit #45 sunflower plot is 9.8 acres in size and can be found 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.
|Spring River||No dove plots were planted.|| |
2 sunflower fields totaling approximately 22 acres. These fields are located 3 miles south of US 54 highway on GG Rd. then approximately 1/2 mile east on 130th Street. A map of these fields can be found on the Toronto WA web page 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, this year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Toronto Wildlife Area.
|Dove Flats||There were no sunflowers or wheat on the property this year.|| |
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
|Elk City|| |
Elk City WA has 3 sunflower field management areas. Sunflower and wheat stubble will be mowed starting in early August. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season for dove use. The fields include a 10 acre youth field and also 17 and 20 acre sunflower fields that are open to all hunters. Dove Management Hunting Areas will be posted prior to the season opener. All fields are located west of Independence, Ks. NON-TOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED IN MANAGED DOVE HUNTING AREAS ON ELK CITY WILDLIFE AREA.
All hunters using managed dove field areas are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit located at the primary field entrances. 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 hunt areas is allowed.
The first field is designated youth hunting only. The youth field is restricted to youth 17 years old and younger and must be supervised by a mentor 18 and older. This field is designated youth hunting for the entire designated season. Only the youth are allowed to hunt. 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. This designated and posted area will be indicated on aerial photos at the registration box.
The second area is located ¼ mile north of the intersection of County Roads 2900 and 4200 and has sunflowers and wheat stubble.
The third area is located ¼ mile west of County Roads 3325 and 4600 and also has sunflowers and wheat stubble. These areas are open to all hunters regardless of age.
ALL hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Elk City Wildlife Area.
Darin Porter or Ryan Good
Hunters are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit prior to hunting and return the completed permit at the end of their hunt regardless of hunt success. Permits will be available at the dove fields through Sept. 7th. After Sept. 7th, hunters will need to obtain permits at one of the ten permanent permit stations.
Melvern Wildlife Area has 4 sunflower fields that will be managed for dove hunting opportunity.
Field #1 is approximately 20 acres and is located 1/4 mile north of the intersection of west 293rd St. and S Indian Hills Rd. in Osage Co. Field #1 is open to youth/mentor hunting only (adults (at least 18 yoa) may hunt as long as accompanied by youth <16 years who is also hunting).
Field #2 is approximately 17 acres and is located 1/2 mile north of the intersection of Carlson Rd (LY and OS county line) and 293rd St. A small area is available for parking at this point, hunters will then need to walk approximately ¼ mi. east to the sunflower field.
Field # 3 is approximately 14 acres and is located ¼ mile north of Hwy 170 on Carlson Rd. (LY and OS county line).
Field #4 is approximately 9 acres and is located about 1.5 miles south of Hwy 170 on Davis Rd.
|Woodson||Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields, and multiple burned wheat stubble fields. 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 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.