Dove

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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.

Season Information
Current Seasons
Exotic Dove Season (Eurasion collared, ringed turtle) - Statewide

Dates: 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018

(Mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves)

  • Area open: Statewide
  • Season: Year-round
  • Daily bag limit: There is no limit on Eurasian collared or ringed turtle doves, but any taken during the migratory dove season 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)

Upcoming Seasons
Dove Season (mourning, whitewing and exotics) - Statewide

Dates: 09/01/2018 - 11/29/2018

  • 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)

License Information

All waterfowl hunters 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Waterfowl 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.

Regulations
115-18-08 (PDF - 58.99 kB)

Retrieval and possession of game animals and migratory game birds - Requirements

115-09-08 (PDF - 9.53 kB)

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program - Requirements, Exemptions.

115-25-19 (PDF - 9.80 kB)

Doves; management unit, hunting season, shooting hours, and bag and possession limits.

115-20-07 (PDF - 112.51 kB)

Migratory Doves; legal equipment, taking methods, and possession.

115-25-19 (PDF - 149.48 kB)

Doves - Management Unit, Hunting Season, Shooting Hours, and Bag and Possession Limits

2018 Fields Managed for Dove Hunting

Managed Dove Hunting Areas on KDWPT Public Lands

2018 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.

Northwest
Area Description Contact
Brzon

Located North of Belleville, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Brzon website for more details and updates.

TBA

Rob Unruh

(785) 753-4971

Cedar Bluff

For the 2018 Mourning Dove season there will be 3 managed dove fields available on the Cedar Bluff Wildlife Area.

Page Creek South:This 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.

Youth Mentor: This field is mowed milo that is open to Youth / Mentor hunting only and is located West of Hwy 147 adjacent to the state park entrance.

Page Creek North:This field is a 9 acre burned wheat field is open to all hunters and is located at the corner of Z Road and the Page Creek entrance road on the West side.

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. Kent Hensley (785) 726-3212

Kent Hensley

(785) 726-3212

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.

Glen Elder Wildlife Area is NOT requiring non-toxic shot for dove hunting this season.  Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season. Wheat 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 THESE FIELDS WILL BE RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 1st the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 5. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Sept. 6 the field will be open to all hunters for the remainder of the season. The youth field will be designated around August 27th and will be listed below.

County Line Fields- 3 miles east of Downs and about 1 mile south of Highway 24. One 13 acre sunflower field located 300 yards east of south parking lot. There is also a 10 acre wheat field located ½ mile south of Highway 24 on the east side of the road.

Cawker City Fields- 1/2 mile southwest of Cawker City on the south/ west side of the dike below the pump station.  One 12 acre field of sunflowers and cover crop on west side of canal and 5 acres of wheat east of the canal. Hunters should park at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk SW over the dike.

North Fork Fields-  1 mile south of Downs, 1 mile east, and 1 mile back to north . One 12 acre sunflower and cover crop field located ¼ mile east of parking lot and 8 acres of wheat located ¼ mile NW of the parking lot.

North Granite Creek Field- ¼ mile north of Highway 24 on 150 Rd. (west side of road, just north of railroad tracks. 3 acres of hailed out wheat and sunflowers.

West Granite Creek Field- Just west of 150 Rd. and south of Highway 24.  Hunters should park near the metal gates south of Highway 24 and 150 Rd. without blocking access. There are 2 sunflower fields totaling 15 acres. This field will be likely be our youth field. 

Glen Elder WA is now using the iSportsman electronic Daily Check-in/ Check-out system for ALL hunting on the property.  Hunters must register for an iSportsman Account by going to kdwpt.isportsman.net  Once an account is created, daily check-in can be completed using computer, smart phone or telephone. For those who are unable to register prior to hunting, there will be paper cards available at 3 centralized locations (S end of dam, Boller Pt. entrance, and North Fork boat ramp entrance).  None of these are in the immediate vicinity of the dove fields.

Chris Lecuyer

(785) 545-3345

Ottawa State Fishing Lake

Ottawa State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area has one 13 acre sunflower field managed for doves.  Production has been fair and dove use is expected to be fair to good.  Strips will be mowed in sunflowers leading up to dove opener.

The Field is open to all Hunters.  Ottawa State Fishing Lake does NOT require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.  Survey cards will be available by parking area.

From 20th and Justice Rd intersection on southeast side of Ottawa State Fishing Lake, go north on 20th Rd to Hunter Parking Lot located on west side of road.  Field is a short walk along mowed path from parking lot.   

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Norton

Norton Wildlife Area has three areas that have been managed for dove hunting. Sunflowers will be mowed in the month leading up to dove opener. Wheat fields will be burned in the month leading up to dove opener.

Dove Hunters MUST complete survey cards for each day of hunting and must carry permits while hunting. Please indicate which field you hunted in on the permit.

Area 1- Sunflowers and Burned Wheat(48 acres): From HWY 36 West of Norton drive 2.3 miles south on HWY 383 to North Hills Road (enter at KDOT mixing strip). Managed dove area starts at the parking area. Survey cards are available at the parking area.

Area 2- Sunflowers(24 acres): From HWY 36 West of Norton drive 6 miles Southwest. Turn North onto the Wildlife Area road and park a quarter mile West in the parking area. Managed dove area is North of the parking area 0.25 miles. Survey cards are available at the parking area.

Area 3- Sunflowers (6 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 7 miles Southwest to W9 and drive 1 mile North. Managed dove area is on the East side of the road. Survey cards are available at the parking area.

Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.

Luke Winge

(785) 877-2953

Webster

Webster Wildlife Area has one 10 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 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 Google Earth 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.

Michael Zajic

(785) 425-6775

Wilson

Sunflower fields will have portions of fields mowed leading up to the season.  Wheat fields may be burned, mowed, or disked depending on conditions.  Wilson Wildlife Area does NOT require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.  The Fields are open to all hunters SEPT 1.

Decker Rd Dove Field – Sunflowers (12 ac)/Wheat(5 ac)– From 192nd Rd, go  ¾ mi. west on Decker Rd and park near KDWPT sign.  Field is located ¼ mi south along WA access road. Walk-In access from parking area only. Survey cards will be available by parking area.

Old Archery Range Field – Sunflowers (5 ac)/Wheat (7 ac)– From Saline River Bridge on 192nd Rd, go North approx. ½ mi. Park in Hunter Parking lot on East side of 192nd.   From parking lot, .3 mile walk following mowed path. Survey cards will be available by parking area.

Google early maps are available on the Wilson Wildlife Area website

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Northeast
Area Description Contact
Kansas River Wildlife Area

Urish Tract- There are 20 acres of sunflowers at this location this year.   To hunt the area 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. This field will be closed on September 1st for a youth hunt, but will be open on the 2nd. 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 on the KDWPT webpage under the Leslie T. and Lydia A. Fitzgerald Wildlife Area link.

Macvicar Tract- There are ten acres of sunflowersat this location this year. All access to hunting this areas is 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. 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. 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.

Justin Hamilton

(913) 845-2665

Perry

Five managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling about 80 acres. ALL DOVE FIELDS ON PERRY WILDLIFE AREA ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY. All fields are sunflowers with the centers of the fields mowed out for hunters to sit around the perimeter of each field.  A field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres. The refuge Dove field is located North of 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 13.9 acres. The refuge Dove field and everything North of 190th Rd. will be closed to all hunting/access and will open for hunters on Monday September 3rd.  A field is located just south of the information kiosk on 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 20.9 acres. A field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres. The last field is the youth/disabled field which is 15 acres and located just south of 154th Rd and West of Ferguson Rd. 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.

Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page and the front door of the wildlife area office.

Perry Wildlife Area is included in the electronic permitting system iSportsman. This system, which will streamline data gathering for management purposes and be convenient for hunters, has taken 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, than enter login ID and password to “check-in” daily for hunts. After you are done hunting, you will “check-out” and record any harvest you may have from the hunt. You are also able to check-in/check-out by telephone or smart phone. iSportsman is mandatory for all hunters pursuing any types of game on the Perry Wildlife Area

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 hunting/access, will open September 3rd. This is located North of 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 13.9 acres.

Field #2: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just South of the informational kiosk on 190th Rd. and East of Swabville and totals 20.9 acres.

Field #3: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres

Field #4: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is the youth/disabled field which is 15 acres and located just south of 154th Rd and West of Ferguson Rd. in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Field #5: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres.

Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page and the front door of the wildlife area office.

Andrew Page

(785) 945-6615

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 and wheat fields are available for hunting. Sunflower fields total approximately 45 acres.  All fields open on September 1st except for the youth hunt field that will be used on the 1st for a youth hunt. That field will open to everyone on September 2nd.  The location of all fields has changed.  Check the map online for the location of all dove fields.  Please be aware that all fields are NON-TOXIC shot.

Detailed maps and information are posted on the Clinton Wildlife Area web page.

Justin Hamilton

(785) 887-6882

Buck Creek Approximately 10 acres of sunflowers. Hunters are selected for hunts through the Special Hunts Program

Justin Hamilton

(785) 887-6882

Milford

ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY

Eight sunflower fields ranging in size from 8 acres to 15 acres totaling 80 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.  

Kristin Kloft

(785) 461-5402

Clay/Dickinson County WIHA TBA. 

Clint Thornton

(785) 414-0016

Hillsdale

Hunters are required to check-in electronically before hunting (kdwpt.isportsman.net). All Sunflower Dove Fields Are Non-Toxic Shot Only. Four sunflower fields (39 acres total) are available across the Wildlife Area. Sunflower field production was good overall. Due to the limited number of sunflower fields, all fields will be open access in 2018 (i.e., there will not be a designated Youth-Mentor field). Sunflowers were also planted on the north end of Antioch Marsh but will be left standing to provide a late season seed source for wildlife. Production in the marsh was good but the field is also weedy. Additionally, seven milo fields (77 acres total) may provide some opportunity for walk and flush hunting, especially where near sunflowers.

See Hillsdale Wildlife Area webpage for maps

Hillsdale State Park

(913) 783-4405

Rutlader

No dove fields will be available at Rutlader Wildlife Area in 2018

See Rutlader Wildlife Area Brochures 

Hillsdale State Park

(913) 783 4405

Elwood

Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Elwood wildlife area.

Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)

Five managed Dove sunflower fields are located on Elwood wildlife area totaling 28 acres.   Sunflowers, overall are in very good condition and have the potential for high success rates early in the season if birds cooperate.

Detailed maps with field locations and sizes are available at the Elwood Wildlife Area web page

Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas. 

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

 

Hunter Baillie

(913) 426-4153

 

Thad Eylar (913)426-4304

Benedictine Bottoms

Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Benedictine Bottoms wildlife area.

Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)

Dove Hunting closes September 30th on Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife area. Access to Benedictine Bottoms from October 1 to March 31 requires a SPECIAL ACCESS PERMIT obtained through a draw at https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Special-Hunts-Information

Two managed Dove sunflower fields are located at Benedictine Bottoms wildlife area totaling 13 acres.  The west field is in excellent condition, while the field further to the east is in fair condition.  Both fields have to potential to provide good success rates early in the season if doves cooperate.

See Benedictine Bottoms Wildlife Area web page for map

Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

 

Hunter Baillie

(913) 426-4153

 

Thad Eylar (913)426-4304

Oak Mills

Only Non-Toxic shot allowed on Oak Mills wildlife area.

Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-Sportsman. (kdwpt.isportsman.net or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911)

One managed Dove sunflower field is located at Oak Mills wildlife area totaling 9 acres. The field is in excellent condition and success has the potential to be high early in the season if birds cooperate.

Detailed maps with field locations and sizes are available at the Oak Mills Wildlife Area webpage.

Maps will also be posted on signs at the parking areas.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Hunter Baillie

(913) 426-4153

Thad Eylar (913)426-4304

Bolton

Bolton fields are split between wheat, sunflower and fallow. Sunflower fields are fair and wheat fields were excellent. Sunflower fields will be mowed with strips left for hunters to hide in and wheat fields will be burned prior to opening day. 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, please remember to log in before your hunt.

To view a map of the food plots, go to area news on KDWPT web site for Bolton Wildlife Area

Byron Brown

(785) 539-9999

Jeffrey Energy Center

Center Unit #1: 1 acre was planted to sunflowers and 1 acre planted to wheat. The sunflower field produced relatively well despite weather conditions in the area and will be mowed with strips left in the field before season. Wheat on the area also produced well and will be burned before season. Unit #1 is located approximately 4 miles 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. This field will be non-toxic shot only. Unit #2-Will be closed to the public from Sept. 1st to Sept. 4th of season to allow for the annual Youth Dove hunt hosted by Westar. It will be open to the public on Sept. 5th. Fields will be non-toxic shot only.

To view a map of the area go to area news on Jeffrey Energy Center

Byron Brown

(785) 539-9999

Noe

TBA

hunter access chosen through KDWPT special hunts program

 
Tuttle Creek

All Tuttle Dove Fields are Non-toxic shot while dove hunting.

Irving-  Sunflowers are excellent and will be mowed leaving strips for hunter to hide in.  14 acres of wheat will be burned prior to opening day.

Fancy Creek- 30 acres of sunflowers were planted on the East side of Hwy 77, and only 4 acres flooded out.  The remaining sunflowers look great.

Olsburg Marsh- 15 acres of sunflowers were planted and did well dispite the dry conditions that delayed germination.  There is also a 10 acre wheat field that will be burned prior to opening day.

Black Vermillion Marsh- 20 acres of sunflowers were planted and have made plenty of seed.  There is also a 10 acre wheat field that will be burned prior to opening day, and an experimental corn field was planted and if the plants dry down in time will be harvested leaving even more room for dove hunters.

All Hunters are required to check in and out using I-sportsman. Reception is not the best so hunters are better off checking in and out from a location they know they have internet access.

Maps of the dove fields can be found on the Tuttle Creek Area News on the KDWPT website.

Nathan Henry

(785) 363-7316

Southwest
Area Description Contact
Concannon 2 waterholes that will be mowed around are located on the southern side of the property.  The lake is empty with good roost trees around it.  Lots of native sunflowers grow around the creek drainage. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Cheyenne Bottoms

Two areas have been planted to a dove mix at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.  The first field is located right off the 4 Corners Parking Lot and is about 5 acres in size.  There are two fields located right off the Schrepel Parking Lot.  About 5 acres has been planted to the dove mix.  All areas were planted to a mix of proso millet, sunflower, and safflower.  Both areas have good dead tree roost around them.  The fields will be sprayed about mid-August, and then mowed just prior to season.  Non-toxic shot is required.  Hunters must check in and out using iSporstman.

A map and other information can be found on the Cheyenne Bottoms WA webpage.

Jason Wagner

(620) 793-3066

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. 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 Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
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. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Goodman There's a 4 acre food plot located along the west edge of the property. It sits between 2 cedar tree rows and was planted to wheat, barley and oats. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Hodgeman The 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) and several small ponds that are maintaining water. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Kepley There is a small waterhole that is pumped daily.  Prior to the season weeds will be mowed down around the waterhole. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Lane The shelter belts at Lane always provide good roosting sites and with the irrigated crops nearby, there should be no shortage of doves. Brent Clark
(620) 474-2949
Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area

TBA

Download the Pratt Sandhills electronic brochure for watering site locations on the wildlife area.  Most water sites will provide good opportunity for dove hunting.

Todd Gatton
(620) 895-6446
Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area

No planted dove fields for 2018.  There is plenty of food available from the native forbs (tooth-leaf spurge and sunflower) distributed throughout the pastures to attract birds. As always water sites located throughout the pasture system and scattered trees also act as attractants and should provide for some good shooting locations

Maps and additional information may also be found on the Sandsage Bison Range Wildlife Area webpage.

Tom Norman

(620) 474-3645

Texas Lake TBA  

Todd Gatton

(620) 895-6446

South Central
Area Description Contact
Byron Walker TBA

Troy Smith

(620) 532-3242

Big Hill

Three sunflowers fields approximately six acres in size each, are available for dove hunting at the Big Hill Wildlife Area.  No special regulations in effect.  Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each dove field area. Instructions posted at these mailboxes will guide hunters through the registration and harvest reporting process.

Two fields are located on Ford Rd and the third field is located on 19000 Rd.

Big Hill brochure: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Southeast/Big-Hill

Rob Riggin

(620) 432-5053

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 as well as a strip of native grass that has been burnt.  The 15 acre dove field is located approximately 1/2 mile south of the Sun City and Yoder Road intersection on the south side of the curves.  The permit box will be located in the parking lot on the north east corner of the field. Hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot.

Chris Becker

(620) 459-6922

Kaw Kaw Wildlife Area will have two area for dove harvest. One will be 15 acre sunflower field located at the parking lot of 111th Rd. This field will be on the other side of the tree row where the previous sunflower field had been.  The second one will be 54 acre sunflower field located just south of Silverdale on Cowley 1 and 304th Rd.  It was planted late and not sure if the sunflowers will be dried by then.  Some portions of the fields will be mowed or harvested prior to dove season and a small portions will be left standing if the sunflowers are ready.

Kurt Grimm

(620) 876-5730

Marion Two sunflower fields for 2018. One of them is located on the south side of 260th Rd. a half a mile west of Jade Rd or 1.5 miles east of K15 hwy, and is 15 acres. The other is on Indigo Rd. 100 yards north of the intersection of Indigo and 260th, this field is a quarter of a mile east of Indigo and will not be accessible by vehicle, it is 15 acres. There will be a walking path mowed to this field.

Scott Amos

(620) 732-3946

McPherson Wetlands

McPherson Valley Wetlands will have three dove fields for the 2018 season.  The first field is a 35-acre sunflower field located southeast of Inman in the Little Sinkhole Unit (1/4 mile north of the intersection of 9th and Arrowhead).  The second field is a 31-acre sunflower field and is also in the Little Sinkhole Unit (1/4 mile north of 10th and Arrowhead).  Weather permitting, these fields will be a combination of mowed strips, harvested sunflowers, and standing sunflowers.  The third field is a 7-acre field planted with a mixture of safflowers, sunflowers, and a food plot mix, bordering a 60-acre wheat stubble field.  Weather permitting, the wheat stubble will be burned and strips will be mowed in the planted field. This field is located in the Chain of Lakes Unit, (1/4 mile southeast of the intersection of 9th and Frontier).  Hunting success is predicted to be fair to good.  These fields are open to ALL hunters, and non-toxic shot is required. ALL HUNTERS ARE REQUIRED to check in/out and report their dove harvest using the i-Sportsman electronic hunt permit system. Paper daily hunt permits will not be available. Please visit the KDWPT website to complete the registration process for i-Sportsman prior to the season opener. For additional information please contact the McPherson Valley Wetlands office at (620) 241-7669.

Ferris Demonstration Area will have one dove field for the 2018 season (one mile north of Hwy-56 on Plum Avenue, one mile west of Windom).  This field is 29 acres of sunflowers that were planted in late May, and as of mid-August the sunflowers were still too green to mow.  Hunting opportunities will most likely be better here a little later in the season, and strips will be mowed when the sunflowers mature.  This field is open to all hunters.

Jason Black

(620) 241-7669

El Dorado

Three sunflower fields (6,10, 5 acres) will provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at El Dorado Wildlife Area.  Portions of these sunflower fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  The 6-acre field is 0.1 miles north of the parking area that is north of the junction of NE 10th Street and NE Ellis Road.  The 5-acre and 10-acre fields are south of 85th Street and can be accessed from the first parking area west of Cole 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 report harvest at the end 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.

Tyler Burt

(316) 322-7513

Council Grove

Three sunflower tracts (13, 9, 13 acres) should provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at Council Grove Wildlife Area.  Portions of these fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  One 13-acre field is 0.25 miles east of the parking area at the end of 850 Road or 0.2 miles north of the eastern most parking area along the north side of Munkers Creek.  The 9-acre field is 0.1 miles southeast of the bridge over the Neosho River.  This field is east of the trees that can be viewed from the bridge.  One 13-acre field is just east of the parking area and kiosk along M Avenue and west of Slough Creek.  Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and report harvest at the end 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.

Brent Konen

(620) 767-5900

Southeast
Area Description Contact
Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)

Deer damage was again significant on this sunflower field this year. However, there does appear to be adequate seed production to attract doves still at this point. The fields will be mowed out in the weeks leading up to September 1st and huntable numbers of doves are expected this year.

All hunters are required to use the I-Sportsman registration system on this property. There is not very good cell phone service at the parking lots, so hunters are strongly encouraged to sign in before they get to the field.

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

Fall River TBA

Benjamin Stultz

(620) 583-6783

Grand Osage Wildlife Area

The Grand Osage Wildlife Area (formerly known as the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant) will have three sunflower fields (60 acres) open to dove hunting. All fields are ripe, clean and attracting a good number of doves in mid-August. 

Opening day open hunt: One 20-acre field will be open to hunting on opening day, Saturday, Sept 1.  An additional 20-acre field will be hunted if hunter densities are high. Hunters will be escorted from gate to field beginning at 5:00 am.  Hunters will be allowed to hunt until 9:00 am.

Opening day youth hunt: 20 acres of sunflowers. This field is restricted to youth hunters 16 years of age and younger that are accompanied by an adult mentor that is also allowed to hunt.  This is a late afternoon hunt starting Saturday Sept 1 at 4:00 pm.  Youth hunters are encouraged to arrive early to be situated for shooting time. Hunters will be escorted to field starting at 3:30 pm.

Sunday, September 2 hunt: One 20-acre field will be open to hunting on the 2nd day of season. This field will not have been hunted the previous day.  Hunters will be escorted from gate to field beginning at 5:00 am.  Hunters will be allowed to hunt until 9:00 am.

Additional dove hunts will take place the mornings of Saturday Sept 8 and 15.  All three fields will be open to the general public.  Gate will open at 5:00 am.

Access restrictions prolong dove use on the fields, providing potential to harvest doves over a three-week period. 

The Grand Osage Wildlife Area is a restricted access property.  Hunters will be escorted to and from hunting fields.  The access gate is located at 23050 Scott Road Parsons , KS. 

Non-toxic shot is required for all dove hunting on the Grand Osage Wildlife Area.

Rob Riggin

(620) 432-5053

Hollister Hollister Wildlife Area will have one dove management field for the 2018 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. Also, hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot.

Monte Manbeck

(620) 449-2539

Marais des Cygnes No dove fields in 2018.

Karl Karrow

(913) 352-8941

Mined Land

Sunflower production was excellent this year and three dove management fields totaling 80.8 acres are located on the Mined Land Wildlife Area and will be available to dove hunters for the 2018 dove season.  The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has planted sunflowers and wheat to specifically attract doves.  The same fields will also benefit other game and non-game species.

Field #44-2 is a sunflower plot 12 acres in size and will be restricted to a youth/mentor hunt on the opening morning from one half hour before sunrise until noon.  After 12:00PM field 44-2 will be open to the general public.  This hunt requires one of the party to be 18 years or older and the youth must be under 16 years of age.  This will be a draw hunt in which interested hunters should call 620-231-3173 for more information. Field #44-2 is located north and east of the “Big Brutus”  Hunters may park at the “Big Brutus” parking lot and walk to the hunt field location.   A public lands manager will be stationed at this location during the morning hunt and signs will be in place to direct hunters as well. 

Unit #39-3 sunflower plot is 42 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 and is open to all hunters.  This field has a total of 25 acres of sunflowers, 17 acres of wheat and will have corn strips for hunter cove and an additional wildlife food source.   

Unit #37-1 sunflower plot is 29 acres in size and can be found at the intersection of NW 60th and NW Belleview.  This field has a total of 20 acres of sunflowers and 9 acres of corn.  This field will be open to all hunters

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.

David Jenkins

(620) 827-6301

David Shanholtzer

(620) 827-6301

Toronto TBA

Benjamin Stultz

(620)-583-6783

Dove Flats 10 acres of sunflowers were planted in the far east agriculture strip on this area. There was a substantial amount of undesirable vegetation that competed with the sunflowers but some seed production did still occur.  Hunters are required to register prior to hunting with the daily hunt permits located at the field.  The field is located ½ mile south of the intersection of County Roads 3600 and 5600.

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

Elk City

The Dove Management fields have been in the same areas since 2008. 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.

ElK City WA has 3 sunflower field management areas. The Youth Field is located just south of the state park kids fishing pond, golf course, archery area. It is open to youth hunters only and the youth must be accompanied by an adult 16 years old or older. The south field is approximately 20 acres of sunflowers. The North field is also approximately 20 acres of sunflowers but had a substantial amount of unwanted vegetation that competed with the sunflowers. Adequate seed production still occurred in all fields. Surrounding agriculture fields are planted to soybeans this year.  Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season for field conditions. Sunflowers are very short this year.

NON-TOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED IN THESE MANAGED DOVE HUNTING AREAS ON ELK CITY WILDLIFE AREA AND WILL BE POSTED. DAILY HUNT PERMITS WILL BE REQUIRED AND AVAILABLE AT THE FIELDS.

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.

The first area (SOUTH FIELD) is located north of the intersection of County Roads 2900 and 4200. This area is open to all hunters.

The second area (NORTH FIELD) is located just south of County Roads 3300 and 4600. Hunters will have to walk a little over ¼ of a mile south of the parking lot to get to the sunflower field. This area is open to all hunters.

Darin Porter or Ryan Lies

(620) 331-6820

Melvern All Sunflower Fields Non-Toxic Shot Only Hunters are required to register and check in and out using I-sportsman (kdwpt.isportsman.net). This information helps guide future management efforts. Sunflower production was excellent this year on the Melvern Wildlife Area, and maps will be located on the Melvern Wildlife Area website as well as the wildlife area office in Reading, Kansas. There are 7 total dove fields placed throughout the area totaling 118 acres. The first 19 acre field is located on our youth/mentor and handicapped hunting area and is the only field designated for youth/mentor and handicapped hunting only. The youth field will be designated 1/2 mile North of the intersection South Indian Hills Road and West 293rd Street on the East side of the road. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth under the age of 17. The second 25 acre field is located 1/4 mile East of the intersection of South Hoch Rd and West 333rd Street on the North side of the road. The third 14 acre field is located ¾ mile North of the intersection of South Davis Road and West 317th street on the West side of the road. The forth 13 acre field is located at the intersection of South Crawford Road and Highway 170 on the North side of the road. The fifth 21 acre field is located ¾ mile North of the intersection of Road Z and Highway 170 on the East side of the road. The sixth 17 acre field is located ½  mile North of the intersection of Road Z and Highway 170 on the west side of the road. The seventh and final field is located ¼ mile North of the intersection of Road Z and Highway 170 on the west side of the road. Anyone with questions please contact Brad Niemann.

Brad Niemann

(620) 699-3372

Woodson Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields. Rest of Woodson Wildlife Areas is open to lead shot.  Sunflowers produced moderate yields this year, with heads of average size.  Staff will start mowing sunflowers second week of Aug., and continue to do so till opener, keeping birds on the fields.   Staff expects decent dove numbers, but also expect heavy hunting pressure.  Last year opening two days was fairly crowded, but hunter numbers dropped off during weekdays.   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.  Area is open to all hunters. Please pick up your trash and hulls, Littering Violations will be heavily enforced!

John Johnson

(620) 637-2748

Dove Banding Study

Dove Banding Study

Dove Banding Pic 2

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..

Dove Banding Pic 1

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.