Jeffrey Enery Center Wildlife Area News
The sunflowers have been planted and are doing better this year than in years past. With fingers crossed we hope to avoid the pitfalls of sunflower management leading up to the dove season opener. If we can avoid damaging storms, excessive deer damage, and insect damage we should see a great fall for dove hunting. The winter wheat that was planted last fall looked pretty sorry coming out of winter, but looks to be acceptable for attracting doves.
With cooperation from Westar strips have been planted along the edge of selected ag fields to provide year round upland bird habitat. Despite the windy spring, a good number of burns were completed to enhance grazing activity, grassland health, and benefit wildlife populations. There are also several summer burns planned to set back woody encroachment and provide crucial upland bird habitat with varying stages of growth.
Even with the outbreak of EHD the region experienced last year there is still a thriving population of deer on the area. After the wheat is burned off for dove management the plan is to plant a cover crop mixture to improve soil quality and will provide late season food availability for deer and cover for upland birds.