PRATT – Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism public hunting areas are managed to provide optimum wildlife habitat, but area managers often go above and beyond to benefit hunters. These efforts can be especially evident on Sept. 1, when the migratory dove season opens. At select wildlife areas around the state, managers turn designated fields into dove hunting hot spots by planting sunflowers or wheat.
There are dove fields in all regions of the state, but they vary each year due to weather and available work force. All 2018 dove fields are listed at www.ksoutdoors.com; simply click on “Hunting,” “Where To Hunt,” then “KDWPT Dove Hunting Fields.”
Wildlife areas with dove hunting fields are categorized by region. Be sure to read through the description for each area. Some fields may be reserved for youth or youth/mentors on the first few days of the season, many require non-toxic shot, and some may limit the number of hunters through iWIHA (which limits access through electronic check-in).
Be sure to note if iSportsman Electronic Daily Hunt Permits are required. With an iSportsman account, hunters can check in and out by phone, smartphone or computer. It’s quick and easy. Visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to learn more.
Fields may be small and require hunters to be respectful of each other, allowing safe distances between parties and taking only safe shots.
When summer growing conditions are good, the managed dove fields can be swarming with doves on September 1. It’s time to stock up on shotgun shells and visit the local gun club for some shooting practice. Then check out the KDWPT website to locate managed dove fields near you and spend an evening or two scouting the fields. Then you’ll be ready on opening day.