The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will provide several local dove hunting opportunities beginning Sunday.

The hunts will be at Grand Osage Wildlife Area at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and at Big Hill Lake.

Grand Osage: 

Three sunflower fields were planted at Grand Osage in April to attract mourning doves.

“We are optimistic about the potential to attract large numbers of doves this coming season,” said Rob Riggin, Grand Osage wildlife manager. “The sunflowers have reached maturity and we have seen good dove use on the sunflower fields since mid-August. During the 2018 season, 2,600 doves were harvested on the same fields.”  

On Sunday, Grand Osage will have a 20-acre sunflower field available for dove hunters. The field will be open to the general public. Access will be by attended gate, located at 23050 Scott Road. Hunters will be escorted to field. Hunters will be allowed access in the gate from 5 until 8 a.m. Legal shooting time begins at 6:22 a.m. If hunting pressure is heavy, an additional sunflower field may be opened to hunting.

On Labor Day, the second sunflower field will be open at 5 a.m. This 20-acre field will not be hunted opening day. The same gate and access procedure applies as it does opening day.

On the next two Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 14, additional dove hunts will take place in the mornings. Two fields will be open to the general public at that time. Gates will open at 5 a.m. Over the past two years, hunter success has been very good following a week of rest from hunting.

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

Big Hill Wildlife Area:

Three sunflower fields, approximately six acres each, are available to dove hunters at the Big Hill Wildlife Area. Hunting is allowed, beginning Sunday, with no special access or time restrictions. Two of the fields are located on east side of Ford Road and the third is located on the south side of 19000 Road. All field entrances will be signed several days prior Sunday.

Non-toxic shot is required for all dove hunting on the Big Hill Wildlife Area.

Hunting license and HIP stamps are required by all hunters age 16 to 74 years old. Shotguns only and they must be incapable of holding more than three shells. Doves may be taken in flight only. The limit is 15 mourning doves per day. There is no limit on Eurasian collared doves.

No pre-registration is required for dove hunts. Hunters are required to complete dove harvest information following the hunt. A dove banding project is active. All area hunters are encouraged to check the legs of harvested doves for bands.

For more information call Rob Riggin at (620) 432-5053 or email rob.riggin@ks.gov.

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