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Managed Dove Hunting Areas on KDWP Public Lands

2013 Fields Managed for Dove Hunting

Below are fields managed for dove hunting by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. 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.

Region 1
Area Description Contact
Brzon

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

Sunflowers are planted on a 6 acre field. It is located approx. ¼ mi. north of the information shelter off Fir Rd. One 8 acre field of wheat stubble will be mowed or burned prior to the season opener. Several, small ponds in the middle of the area also attract doves.

The entire area will be open to Youth / Mentor / Novice hunters ONLY for the first 2 days of the season (September 1 & 2). The area will be open to all hunters on Sept. 3 and through September 30.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 3 days of the Dove hunting Season and will be available at the Information Center.

Rob Unruh

(785) 753-4971

Cedar Bluff

TBA

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

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.

All 4 designated dove management areas described below (maps provided on the WA webpage) will require NON-TOXIC SHOT for the 2013 DOVE SEASON. This includes all areas within ¼ mile of managed fields. There are other, less intensively managed locations on the WA that will still offer dove opportunities, where non-toxic shot will not be required. Most of these other areas will have wheat that has been burned or lightly disked. All dove areas will have mowed parking areas and mowed walking trails to the fields.

County Line Fields- 3 miles east of Downs and south of highway 24. One 20 acre sunflower field near the south parking lot and one 10 acre wheat field near the highway. Prospects for this field are GOOD.

Cawker City Fields- 1 mile south/ southwest of Cawker City just south of the old airport location. One 16 acre sunflower field and one 10 acre wheat field. This FIELD WILL BE RESERVED ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 1 FOR OUR YOUTH DOVE HUNT. At noon on Sept. 1 the field will open to Youth and Mentor Hunting until Sept. 8. During this time, adults may only hunt the field if they have a youth 17 or younger hunting with them. On Sept. 9 the field will be open to all hunters for the remainder of the season. Hunters may park at the grain bins south of Cawker City and walk over the dike to the field, or they can use the parking area 1/4 mile south of Hwy 24 immediately west of Cawker City. Prospects for this field are GOOD.

Mill Creek Fields- 4 miles south and 1 ¼ mile east of Cawker City. 2 sunflower fields (1 on each side of the road) that total 15 acres. There is a parking area just west of the creek near the south field. Prospects for this field are GOOD.

West Granite Creek Fields- ¼ mile north of Highway 24 on the west side of Granite Creek Cove. 4 sunflower fields that total 24 acres and one 10 acre wheat field located north of C Rd. on the far north end of the property. Prospects for these fields are FAIR.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first few days of the dove hunting season and will be available at each field.

Chris Lecuyer

(785) 545-3345

Jamestown

Located west of Concordia, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Jamestown area website for more details and updates. Jamestown WA is a non-toxic shot only area.

Sunflowers sprouted very late due to the drought, and dove use should improve throughout the season as the plants ripen. Two unharvested wheat fields will be manipulated prior to opening day.

Doves are also attracted to the shallow water areas found on the area.

Field #1 – 15 acre wheat field – From the intersection on Cloud Co. Road 765 and Vale Road between 30th and 40th Rds. Fifteen acres of wheat will be manipulated. This 240 acre area will be open to Youth & Novice / Mentor hunters only for first two days of the season (Sept. 1-2). Novice hunters are those hunters 17 or younger or any person who has not hunted doves before. Mentors (adults 18 or older) may hunt this area as long as they have at least 1 youth or novice hunter with them. The entire 240-acre area will open to all hunters on September 3.

Field #2 – 4 acre wheat field - From the intersection of 30th Rd and the Gun Club Marsh Rd., ½ mile south on the east side of the road, directly north of the Gun Club Dam. Open to all hunters for the entire season.

Field #3 – 15 acre sunflower field – From the intersection of K-28, Vale Rd. and 20th Rd., one mile north to the Greenwing Marsh Parking lot. The field is located directly west of the parking lot. Open to all hunters for the entire season.

Mandatory Daily Hunter Survey permits are required and are available at the Information Centers.

Matt Farmer

(785) 439-6243

Norton

Norton Wildlife Area has three fields that should provide good for doves (6ac, 10ac & 3ac). All three fields are made up of 50% wheat and 50% sunflowers. Wheat will be mowed or burned in the weeks leading up to the dove opener depending on weather conditions. Norton Wildlife Area does not require non-toxic shot for dove hunting.

FIELD 1 (6 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 6.4 miles south on HWY 383 to county road W9. Drive 3/4 miles north on W9. Field is located on the east side of the road.

FIELD 2 (10 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 3.5 miles south on HWY 383. Go east on South Lake Rd. (first road south of the bridge) for 1.6 miles. Field is located near the Sand Pit area.

Field 3 (3 acres): From HWY 36 west of Norton drive 3.5 miles south on HWY 383. Go east on South Lake Rd. (first road south of the bridge) for 2.6 miles. Field is on the north side of the road.

ALL FIELDS ARE OPEN TO ALL HUNTERS.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 3 days of the Dove hunting Season and will be available at each field.

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

Blake Klema

(785) 877-2953

Ottawa State Lake

Located north of Salina, KS. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Ottawa State Lake website for more details and updates.

Two sunflower fields (5 & 7 acres) were planted for doves. Open to all hunters throughout the season.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 3 days of the Dove hunting Season and will be available at the fields. Dove Management Fields are NON TOXIC shot only.

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Smoky Hill / Kanopolis No managed dove fields for 2013

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Webster

TBA

Located west of Stockton, KS. on U.S. Hwy 24. Check Webster website for more details and updates.

Michael Zajic

(785) 425-6775

Wilson

Located north of Interstate 70 near Bunker Hill, KS. Five areas are managed for doves in 2013. Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Wilson website for more details and updates.

Fields A, B, and E – Sunflowers; Strips will be mowed weekly in August through these fields. Open To All Dove Hunters Sept. 1.

Fields C and D– Sunflowers; Strips will be mowed weekly in August through these fields. Fields C and D will be Reserved on September 1 for a Youth/Mentor hunt. For more information or to register for the youth/mentor dove hunt, contact Scott Thomasson. Fields will Open To All Dove Hunters on September 2.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first 3 days of the Dove hunting Season and will be available at the fields. Dove Management fields are NON TOXIC shot only.

Scott Thomasson

(785) 658-2465

Region 2
Area Description Contact
Kansas River Wildlife Area

Urish Tract- Twenty acres of sunflowers. Hunting permits will be issued for the first two days of the season through the draw in the department’s special hunts program. Beginning on September 3rd hunting will be available to everyone but you must obtain a daily hunt permit available at the kiosk on Urish Road. A safety zone will be enforced on this property. The safety zone will be marked in the field and is designated on the area brochure. 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. All hunting will be done by permits issued through the department’s special hunts program. 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 at the Leslie T. and Lydia A. Fitzgerald Wildlife Area webpage.

Macvicar Tract- Ten acres of sunflowers. All hunting will be done by permits issued through the department’s special hunts program. Access to this site is extremely limited and participants will be required to park in a designated parking area. Dove hunts will be allowed only from 8 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday. Each hunter must have in their possession the department issued hunt permit and report the results of their hunt electronically at the conclusion of their hunt. 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. There is a NO FIREARMS zone in this field. 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

Nine managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling 90 acres. All fields on the area are mixed fields with wheat centers and sunflower borders except one 5.5 acre field on Headwater Road and one 3 acre field north of the Area Office. Two fields are located north of 190th. The east field will be open to all access and the west field will be refuge until Tuesday September 3rd. One special hunts field will be located at the corner of 186th and Finney just northwest of Reichart marsh. This field will in special hunts September 1st and 2nd and will open to the general public on the 3rd. A NON-TOXIC field will be located south of Headwater and Cove road totaling 5.5 acres. Two field totaling 12 acres will be located just north of the Area Office. Two fields totaling 14.5 acres will be located northwest of the intersection of Finney and 170th. And the last field is located on the southwest corner of Ferguson and 154th Street in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Detailed map and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.

Mandatory Hunter Survey Cards will be required during the first week of the Dove Season and will be available at the fields.

Dustin Mengarelli

(785) 945-6615

Clinton

All fields will have daily hunter survey stations. Hunters in these fields will be required to complete these after hunting. This information helps guide future management efforts. Detailed maps and information will be posted on the Clinton Wildlife Area web pages.

Please be aware of the fields that are Non-toxic shot only, and the fields that are not open to any hunting until September 2nd.

Field 1 – Located on 1400 Rd. Consists of 2 fields on the south side of the road.

Field 2 (Opens Sept 2nd)- Located on E350 south of N1400 Rd. The gate that is normally closed on E350 will open at 6am on the 2nd and close that night.

Field 3 (Non-toxic shot)- ¼ mile east of the Elk Creek wetland parking lot.

Field 4 (Non-toxic shot)– ½ mile west of the Elk Creek wetland entrance on N1000 Rd, on the north side of the road.

Field 5 (Opens Sept 2nd, Non-toxic shot)- ½ mile west of Elk Creek wetland entrance on N1000 Rd, on the south side of the road.

Field 6 (Youth/Mentor field) – ¼ mile south of 89th St west of Shadden Rd. Survey station will be on the east side of Shadden Rd. This field will be reserved on Sept 1st for a special youth dove hunt until 12 noon. After that, it will be open for anyone.

Field 7- ¼ mile south of 89th St, and ¼ mile east of Shadden Rd. Survey station will be located in the parking lot off of Shadden Rd.

Field 8 (Opens Sept 2nd)- Directly south of the 89th St and Stubbs road intersection approximately 200 yards south of 89th.

Field 9 (Opens Sept 2nd)- ½ mile west of Woodring Rd (County line) on the south side of 89th St.

Field 10- South of 89th St on the west side of Woodring Rd (County line)

Jason Tarwater

(785) 887-6882

Milford

NEW FOR 2013: ALL SUNFLOWER FIELDS ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY

Eleven sunflower fields totaling 91 acres ranging in size from 4 acres to 20 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. All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit.

Kristin Kloft

(785) 461-5402

Clint Thornton

(785) 259-2474

Clay/Dickinson County WIHA There are a total of four small fields on property enrolled in WIHA, 3 miles east of HWY 15 on the Clay/Dickinson county line. One field is 1/2 mile north on Quail road (Clay county) and 3 fields are planted 1 mile south on Oat road (Dickinson county). Nontoxic shot is NOT required for these fields.

Clint Thornton

(785) 259-2474

Hillsdale

There are 4 areas and 6 fields managed for doves at Hillsdale Wildlife Area for the 2013 season. Approximately 30 acres total of sunflowers, and 68 acres of wheat. All managed dove field maps can be found on Hillsdale WA web page, or you can pick up maps at the Hillsdale State Park Office. All sunflower fields have produced seed this year, with some having better production than others. If the sunflowers dry down and the weather stays warm, there should be some good hunting in the area. We also have two wheat fields and one Proso-Millet field that were planted as part of dove management. All other wheat fields were harvested.

Area 1 – Field 1-Youth-Mentor Area- which is located ¼ mile West of the intersection of Waverly Rd and 255th Street is a Youth-Mentor Special Hunt area for the first two days of the season. Those dates are September 1st and 2nd, the first Sunday and Monday of the 2013 season. Youth-Mentor is when a youth under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older. Both youth and their mentor may hunt. To be eligible for Youth-Mentor hunt click here: Special Hunts, to sign-up for you and your youth to win a chance at this Special Hunt opportunity. After September 2nd the field will open to all parties. Pay attention to ALL signs in area. Daily permit will be required before hunting. Permit is available at field. Habitat: The field is made up of approximately 9 acres of sunflowers. Sunflowers did best on this field, should provide some decent hunting opportunity.

Area 2 – East(Field 3) and West(Field 2) Wade Dove Fields- Areas are located North of the Wades Branch access area. East and West Wade Dove Fields will be NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY this year. Habitat: The fields are made up of approximately 12 acres of sunflowers/weeds. Sunflowers look better in the West Field 2, with cleaner rows, but both fields produced seed and should offer some decent hunting opportunity. There is also 3 acres of Pheasants Forever food plot mix in the middle of Field 2. ATTENTION: With the East and West Fields being so close to Wades Branch Wetlands, the fields will be NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY. Hunters will be ticketed if caught hunting with Lead Shot in the area.

Area 3- Hillsdale Point Dove Fields 4 and 5- Area is located off of Hillsdale Point, just West of the old dove field off of Harmony Rd. The East field is Field 4, and is 4 acres. The West filed is Field 5, and is 3 acres. Habitat: 7 acres of Sunflowers, and 27 acres of wheat close by. The sunflowers look good, and have produced some seed. There should be some dove hunting opportunity on these fields. Daily dove permits will be required to hunt the two sunflower fields at Hillsdale Point. Dove permits and permit stations will be located at the field. Hunters who do not possess a permit may be ticketed.

Area 4 - 223rd St Dove Field 6- Area is located approximately 4 miles west of HWY 169 on 223rd St. and south of KDWPT parking lot. Habitat: The field is made up of approximately 10 acres of White Proso-Millet and Foxtail. The millet did not grow very tall, not offering very good cover. There are plenty of trees on the outer edge that should offer some cover. With the seed from the millet and foxtail, area 4 should offer some dove opportunity. There is cut and burned wheat around the area as well.

Lucas Kramer

(913) 783-4507

Rutlader The areas are located off 169 HWY, Exit 223, 7 miles South of Louisburg next to the Rutlader Theater. Rutlader WA has 6 fields managed for doves. They include 14 acres of Sunflowers and 11 acres of wheat. Field 1 which is East of The Rutlader Theatre is signed-up in the KDWPT Special Hunts program. To be eligible for the Special Hunt on Field 1 click here: Special Hunts. The Special Hunts will be open to 3 different hunters per afternoon for the first two days of the season(September 1st and 2nd). The Hunt will start at 1:00pm and end at sunset. Hunters that are awarded the hunt will need to pay attention to all signs. Field 1 will close to all gun hunting after Monday the 2nd. The area will be open to archery hunting only after Monday, September 2nd. Field 2 and 3 are open to all public, but a free daily dove permit will be required. Permits and permit station will be located by the brown Kiosk directly across from the theatre. Habitat: Fields 1,2, and 3 are sunflower fields with wheat close by. The sunflowers did not do outstanding, but did produce seed and should offer some decent hunting opportunity.

Lucas Kramer

913-783-4507

Elwood

There are four sunflower dove fields located on Elwood Wildlife Area. Please remember to pick up a daily permit/survey card in parking areas before hunting.

There are Dove fields at each of the 4 Elwood WA locations

A 12.8 acre field and an 8.7 acre field are located at the far eastern part of Elwood WA. Park at the eastern most parking area on the frontage road and walk south down the gravel road. The sunflower fields will be on the east and west side of the road, along the north side of the levee.

Another 8 acre sunflower field is located at the western most parking area on the frontage road. Fallow the mowed trail along the east side of the trees just south of the parking area.

The Peters Creek site is a property just south of Wathena, KS approximately .5 miles, and on the east side of Monument Road. There is one 7.5 acre sunflower field at this location.

The newest Elwood WA site is 1 mile southeast of Wathena on Hwy 36. From 36 Hwy take the 165th St./Rosemont exit and go southwest to the wildlife area. There is a 5.5 acre sunflower field at this location

Please remember to get a daily permit/survey card before hunting and be careful not to shoot any public roads.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Benedictine Bottoms

There is one sunflower field and one wheat field on Benedictine Wildlife Area. Please remember to pick up a daily permit/survey card in parking areas before hunting.

The sunflower field is straight east of the main parking area 0.9 miles on the south side of the maintenance road. It is in the refuge, but hunting will be allowed in this area through October 13th.

The wheat field is southeast of the main parking area on the north side of the east/west maintenance road. From the main parking area walk through the gate and take the maintenance road immediately to the right. This road will go 0.6 of a mile and curve east, go another 0.4 of a mile east to the burned wheat field on the north side of the road.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Oak Mills

Oak Mills is a new wildlife area located in Leavenworth County just northeast of the little town of Kickapoo. On the east side of Kickapoo turn north on Woodson Road, go approximately 0.4 of a mile and turn right onto 169th Street, go down the hill STOP at railroad tracks and check for trains, and proceed to parking area. There are two sunflower fields on Oak Mills WA.

To get to the first sunflower field walk through the gate and go 0.2 of a mile on the maintenance road and the sunflowers will be on the north side of the road.

To get to the second field continue down the same road another 0.5 miles, the road will curve north and the sunflowers will be on the west side of the road.

Kirk Thompson

(913) 367-7811

Bolton

3 wheat fields totaling 6.5 acres and 3 sunflower fields totaling 6.5 acres have been planted and came up nicely. The sunflowers went in a little later than usual due to the cool wet spring we experience, but should be ripe for the opener and will be greener providing better cover for hunters. As usual the wheat is planned to be burned in stages leading up to the opener, and the sunflowers will be mowed with the exception of strips left for hunter concealment. There are no special restrictions for these fields this year. Free daily hunt permit cards are available at the field entrances and must be filled out while hunting to monitor harvest data.

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

Nathan Henry

(785) 539-9999

Jeffrey Energy Center

Unit #1: 2 fields totaling 2 acres were planted to wheat and look excellent along with 2 fields totaling 2.5 acres of sunflowers that did great as well. The wheat is planned to be burned in stages and sunflowers mowed in stages leading up to the opener. Unit #1 is located approximately 4miles 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 marked on the map.

Unit #2: 3 fields totaling 5 acres were planted to sunflowers. Of these 3 fields, only 1 did well, and another did alright but became weedy before the sunflowers took off. 4 fields totaling 7 acres were planted to wheat and did well. These fields will also be mowed/burned leading up to opening day; however unit 2 dove fields will be closed to public hunting on September 1st & 2nd to allow for the annual JEC Youth Dove hunt. Hunters who wish to hunt Unit 2 after the 2nd are required to check in at the gate house located at the energy center.

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

Nathan Henry

(785) 539-9999

Nemaha Three acres of sunflowers and two acres of wheat are available. Free daily hunt permits will be required of all hunters and are available at the hunt site. The fields are located 4 miles south and 1 mile east of Seneca. Parking is available in the parking area on the east side of Hwy 63. The fields are a short walk east from there. No special restrictions on these fields.
See Nemaha Wildlife Area webpage for maps of the fields. These will be posted in the “Area News” section.

James Svaty

(785) 363-7316

Noe

TBA

SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO THIS HUNT, Contact John Silovsky (785) 273-6740

John Silovsky

(785) 273-6740

Tuttle Creek

Three areas of managed dove fields are available. Free daily hunt permits will be required of all hunters and are available at the hunt site.

Area 1- One 14 acre sunflower field and one 10 acre wheat field. The fields are located at the Old Irving Townsite, or 2 ½ miles south and 3 miles east of Blue Rapids. No special restrictions on these fields.

Area 2- One 16 acre sunflower field and one 13 acre wheat field. The fields are located just west of the Black Vermillion Marsh, or 2 miles south of the intersection of Zenith and 14th roads. No special restrictions on these fields.

Area 3- One 8 acre sunflower field and one 20 acre wheat field. The fields are located just south of the Olsburg Marsh, or ¼ mile west of the intersection of Shannon Creek and Cleburne roads. Non-toxic shot will be required of all hunters on these fields due to the close proximity to the marsh.

See Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area webpage for maps of all the fields. These will be posted in the “Area News” section.

James Svaty

(785) 363-7316

Region 3
Area Description Contact
Cheyenne Bottoms

One 5 acre field of sunflowers was planted and had fair production. The field is located 0.8 mile east of the intersection of K-156 and NE 50 Road in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area.

Four acres of sunflowers were planted in the youth hunting Mitigation Marsh. This stand looks good as of early August.

Hunters using the Mitigation Marsh must be less than 16 years of age. One supervising adult for each youth may also hunt.

All hunters are required to obtain and complete a free Daily Hunt Permit. Non-toxic shot is required.

Karl Grover

(620) 793-3066

Texas Lake

One 10 acre mowed wheat field located approximately 2.5 miles north and 1/2 mile west of the intersection of Hwy. 54 and NW 130th Ave (northeast of pool 8).

Non-toxic shot is required. All hunters are required to complete a free daily hunt permit available at parking lots on the wildlife area.

There are also other dove hunting opportunities available at Texas Lake Wildlife Area and at nearby Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area.

Todd Gatton

(620) 895-6446

Region 4
Area Description Contact
Byron Walker One 14 acre burned/mowed wheat field located 1 mile north and 1 mile west of the intersection of NW 90th avenue and US highway 54. There are no special restrictions in effect.

Troy Smith

(620) 532-3242

Cheney Field location is south of the area office on Yoder Rd and on the North side of the road at the curve (follow the signs). GPS coordinates N 37° 48.020’ W 097° 51.644’. New for 2013 – Dove hunters using these managed fields must use non-toxic shot.

Chris Becker

(620) 459-6922

Kaw Kaw Wildlife Area will have two areas for dove harvest. One will be 18 acre sunflower field located at the parking lot of 111th Rd. This field will be mowed prior to dove season and a small portion will be left standing The second one will be a harvested 38 acre wheat field that will be disked. The field has trees on the north side is heavily used by area doves. It is located south of Silverdale on Cowley 1 on the west side. It is the just north of the third bridge and south of 304th Road. All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit.

Kurt Grimm

(620) 876-5730

Marion No Managed dove fields for 2013.

Brent Theede

(620) 241-7669

McPherson Wetlands McPherson Wetlands will have one dove management field this year. The field is 63 acres total. Seventy-five percent of the field will be harvested, and the remaining will be mowed with a small portion left standing. Non-toxic shot only. All hunters must pick up a daily permit prior to hunting, and return it upon the completion of their hunt.

Brent Theede

(620) 241-7669

El Dorado

Three sunflower tracts (9, 10, 5 acres) and one nearby wheat stubble field (28 acres) should provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at El Dorado Wildlife Area. Portions of each of the sunflower fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. The 9 acre sunflower field can be found about 0.25 miles southwest of the parking area east of Highway 177 on NE 70th Street. The 10 acre sunflower field is adjacent to NE 85th Street and along the south side of the road. The 5 acre sunflower field is just west of this field. The 28 acre wheat stubble field may also be attractive habitat to area doves and provide hunting opportunities. It can be found on the east side of the road about 0.5 miles south of the junction of NE Chelsea Road and NE 85th Street. New for 2013 – Dove hunters using these managed fields must use non-toxic shot. Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and to report harvest at the conclusion 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.

(620) 767-5900
Council Grove

Three sunflower tracts (7, 7, 15 acres) and one wheat tract (22 acres) should provide fair to good dove hunting opportunities at Council Grove Wildlife Area. Portions of each of the sunflower fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access. Portions of fields that remain standing may belong to an area agricultural producer. Please respect that producer and avoid disturbing their crop. The 22 acre wheat field is comprised of approximately 19 acres of wheat stubble and 3 acres of standing wheat that will be mowed (if conditions allow). It can be found just northeast of the parking area and information kiosk near Gilmore Creek. The 15 acre sunflower tract is located approximately 0.2 miles north of the same parking area. A 7 acre sunflower tract can be found just south of the western most parking area at the west end of M Avenue. The parking area can be reached by traveling about 0.35 miles east of the Kelso church on M Avenue and taking the south fork in the road and continuing east about 0.7 miles. The other 7 acre sunflower tract can be found about 0.2 miles west of the eastern most parking area along the north side of Munkers Creek. Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and to report harvest at the conclusion 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.

(620) 767-5900
Region 5
Area Description Contact
Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch) Due to wet and cold weather this spring, sunflower fields were late in being planted and weather conditions have not allowed good stands of sunflowers to develop. Hunters are encouraged to scout fields before season. There are two sunflower fields located on the Buffalo Ranch WA. The fields are 5.5 miles north of Havana, then go 1 mile west of the intersection of CR 4000 and 1350 to the Chautauqua/Montgomery county line to the primary entrance and parking area. Hunting is restricted to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only. Hunters are required to complete the free survey cards.

Darin Porter or Ryan Good

(620) 331-6820

Fall River

Four sunflower fields totaling approximately 60 acres. One sunflower field is located on T Road approximately 1.5 miles South of 130th St., the second field is about 0.9 miles south of 100th on V Road, and the last two are about 1.5 miles east of KS 99 on 80th St. just east of the office. The fields on 80th street will be closed to hunting until the Morning of September 8th for a youth dove hunt that will be held on September 7, 2013. A map of the dove fields can be found on the Fall River webpage under the “News” button at the top of the page. . All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit.

Also, beginning next year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Fall River Wildlife Area. Lead shot will be allowed for the 2013 season.

Brian Meiwes

(620) 583-6783

Hollister Hollister Wildlife Area will have one dove management field for the 2013 dove season. The field is 26 acres and will consist of 13 acres of sunflowers and 13 acres of wheat and lespedeza stubble. The field is located on the North side of Hackberry Road, in between the twin bridges, just west of 155th. Parking for the dove field will be located in a designated parking area at southwest corner of the field. 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.

Monte Manbeck

(620) 449-2539

Marais des Cygnes No managed dove fields for 2013

Karl Karrow

(913) 352-8941

Mined Land

Two sunflower fields will be available to dove hunters. The first field will be restricted to a youth/ mentor hunt on the opening day of season. Interested hunters must go online to “special hunts” to apply. This hunt requires one of the party to be 18 years or older and the youth must be under 16 years of age. To find "Special Hunts Tract 1" on the Mined Land Wildlife Area go 2 miles south of West Mineral, Kansas on NW 50th to the T-Intersection of NW 50th and NW Star Valley road. From the T-Intersection you will go approximately 125 yards west on NW Star Valley road and turn into gravel drive on the south side of the road. Further instructions concerning parking and field location will be indicated on signs at this location. A public lands manager will be stationed at this location during the morning and evening hunt. After September 1 the field will not have any age restrictions.

Field #2 is located on the south side unit 38 and is 30 acres in size. This field is located a half mile north of the intersection of NW 60th and NW Belleview road. This field is open to the general public with no age or time restrictions.

All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit. All dove managed fields will require non-toxic shot. Cards are available at all hunt sites.

David Jenkins

(620) 827-6301

David Shanholtzer

(620) 827-6301

Spring River No dove plots were planted due to wet spring.

David Jenkins

(620) 827-6301

David Shanholtzer

(620) 827-6301

Toronto

2 sunflower fields totaling approximately 22 acres. These fields are located 3 miles south of US 54 highway on GG Rd. then approximately 1/2 mile east on 130th Street. A map of these fields can be found on the Toronto WA web page under the “News” button at the top of the page. . All hunters using managed dove fields are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit.

Also, beginning next year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Toronto Wildlife Area. Lead shot will be allowed for 2013.

Brian Meiwes

(620)-583-6783

Dove Flats

This property is open to all hunters, regardless of age, for the entire season. The youth hunting field is located on the Elk City Wildlife Area.

Due to wet and cold weather conditions, the sunflower field on this property failed after planting. Wheat stubble is available to hunters, but due to rainfall conditions following harvest in late July, the stubble has greened up and there has been no access by equipment for field preparation due to muddy conditions. If conditions improve, some wheat stubble manipulations will take place.

A Free Daily Hunt Permit will be required to hunt this property. The parking lot and registration access is located ½ mile south of the intersection of County Roads 2300 and 5600. All hunters using managed dove field areas are required to obtain and complete a daily hunt permit.

Beginning next year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Dove Flats Wildlife Area. Lead shot will be allowed for 2013.

Darin Porter or Ryan Good

(620) 331-6820

Elk City

Elk City WA has 3 sunflower field management areas. All sunflower fields are poor due to inclement weather conditions this spring and summer. Wheat stubble will be manipulated if weather conditions allow. Hunters are encouraged to scout prior to season for dove use. The fields include a 10 acre youth/mentor field and also 17 and 20 acre fields that are open to all hunters. Dove Management Hunting Areas will be posted prior to the season opener. All fields are located west of Independence, Ks.

All hunters using managed dove field areas are required to obtain and complete a free daily hunt permit located at the primary field entrances. 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 hunt areas is allowed.

The first field is designated youth hunting only. Due to the high use of the field in 2012, this field will be designated youth only in 2013. The youth field is restricted to youth 17 years old and younger and must be supervised by a mentor 18 and older. This field is designated youth hunting for the entire designated season. Only the youth are allowed to hunt in 2013. It is located 1/4th mile south of the Elk City State Park entrance on the west side of the county road. Hunters are only allowed in the designated dove hunting area, due to the proximity to the Elk City State Park. This designated and posted area will be indicated on aerial photos at the registration box.

The second area is located ¼ mile north of the intersection of County Roads 2900 and 4200 and has sunflowers and wheat stubble. The third area is located ¼ mile west of County Roads 3325 and 4600 and also has sunflowers and wheat stubble. These areas are open to all hunters regardless of age.

Beginning next year (2014), hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot while hunting doves in any managed dove field at Elk City Wildlife Area. Lead shot will be allowed for 2013.

Darin Porter or Ryan Good

(620) 331-6820

Melvern

Melvern Wildlife Area has 2 sunflower fields that will be managed for dove hunting opportunity. Field #1 is approximately 15 acres and is located ¾ mile north of the intersection of west 293rd St. and S Indian Hills Rd. in Osage Co. approximately 100 yards off the east side of the road. This portion of the wildlife area is open to youth/mentor hunting only (adults may hunt as long as accompanied by youth <16 years who is also hunting). Field #2 is approximately 15 acres and is located ¼ mile west of the Arvonia boat ramp. Travel north from the intersection of 325th and Docking Rd. in Osage Co., the road will turn to the west in 1 mile, continue on this road until it dead ends at the dove field.

Hunters are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit prior to hunting and return the completed permit at the end of their hunt regardless of hunt success. Permits will be available at the dove fields through Sept. 8th. After Sept. 8th, hunters will need to obtain permits at one of the ten permanent permit stations.

J.R. Glenn

(620) 699-3372

Woodson Restricted (Non-Toxic Shot Only). 40 acres, with multiple sunflower fields, multiple burned wheat stubble fields , and multiple standing milo strips. The sunflowers will be partially mowed prior to season. 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 only, no off road parking in the hunt areas is allowed.

John Johnson

(620) 637-2748