PRATT – The 2019 Kansas dove hunting season begins September 1 and opportunity awaits. More than 50 fields managed specifically for dove hunting by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff will open to the public beginning next week. See the complete list here: ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Dove2/2019-Fields-Managed-for-Dove-Hunting.
Though flood events earlier in the year have had a significant effect on spring plantings across the state, many KDWPT-managed dove fields are holding healthy crops of sunflowers and wheat stubble. Visit the link above to check on the status of individual fields. The season will run September 1 through November 29, during which time hunters may take mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared, and ringed turtle doves.
Prior to entering the field, here are a few things dove hunters should know:
- A Kansas hunting license and Kansas HIP Permit are required to hunt doves.
- Shotguns must be plugged, making them incapable of holding more than three shells at a time.
- Many KDWPT-managed dove fields require non-toxic shot. Visit ksoutdoors.com, call the area office, or consult Page 38 of the 2019 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary for area requirements.
- Electronic check-in, using the Kansas iSportsman app, may be required when hunting KDWPT-managed lands. To set up an account or access a pre-existing account, visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/.
- The daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves is 15, possession limit is 45. (There is no limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to the daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves must have one fully-feathered wing and/or head attached while in transport).
- Migratory doves may only be taken while in flight.
For more on hunting doves in Kansas, visit ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Migratory-Birds/Dove2.