Many hunters area anticipating the opening of Dove season on Monday.
According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, dove season is almost here and with more than 45 locations across the state with public dove hunting sites available, there’s no shortage of opportunities for hunters. From Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-9, hunters can hunt mourning, white-winged, Eurasian-collared, and ringed turtle doves with a valid hunting license and Kansas HIP permit.
This year, 39 wildlife areas will have fields managed for public dove hunting. Dove fields are often planted with sunflowers or other dove-attracting crop and can be teeming with doves on opening day. Locations include the following:
Brzon, Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, Jamestown, Norton, Webster, and Wilson.
Kansas River Wildlife Area, Perry, Clinton, Milford, Clay/Dickinson County WIHA, Hillsdale, Rutlader, Elwood, Benedictine Bottoms, Oak Mills, Bolton, Jeffrey Energy Center, and Tuttle Creek.
Concannon, Cheyenne Bottoms, Sandsage Bison Range and Wildlife Area, and Texas Lake.
Byron Walker, Cheney, Kaw, Marion, McPherson Valley Wetlands, El Dorado, and Council Grove.
Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch), Fall River, Hollister, Mined Land, Toronto, Elk City, Melvern, and Woodson.
Special rules may apply to the aforementioned properties. For more detailed information on each location, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting/Migratory Birds/Doves.”
Wildlife areas and dove fields designated as “non-toxic shot only” require the use of non-toxic shot, such as steel. For a complete list of non-toxic shot only sites, consult the2014 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary.
The daily bag limit is 15 and applies to mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination. There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle dove, but any taken in addition to a limit of mourning and white-winged doves must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport for identification purposes. Possession limit is 45.