Fall River Wildlife Area News
Dove Hunting Opportunities at Fall River and Toronto Wildlife Area
Four fields of sunflowers totaling 60 acres have been planted this year at Fall River WA and 2 fields totaling approximately 22 acres have been planted at Toronto WA. These fields will be managed through timely mowing and burning to attract doves. Fields at Fall River and Toronto WA are in Good condition this year and good hunting opportunities are expected.
Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each sunflower field. Instructions posted at these mailboxes will guide hunters through the registration and harvest reporting process. Hunters are asked to please take the time to register and report their harvest accurately and be aware that registration and reporting is required.
Hunters are also reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. The phone number to call to report band information is 1-800-327-(BAND)2263. This number is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.
Again this year, two sunflower fields are being reserved until the evening of Saturday, September 7th for the special Youth Dove Hunt. This special event will be hosted at the Fall River Wildlife Area office near Climax. The Youth Dove Hunt is for young hunter’s ages 11 to 15 who will be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults will not be allowed to hunt. KDWP&T will provide at least two boxes of shells for each hunter. There is usually no shortage of shot opportunities so young hunters are encouraged to bring a couple boxes of shells with them to ensure the action doesn’t have to stop before the hunt concludes. Space may be limited so early registration is encouraged, and all young hunters must be pre-registered by September 6th to hunt.
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 and Toronto Wildlife Area. Lead shot will be allowed for the 2013 season.
For more information or to register a youth for the Youth Dove Hunt at Fall River Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks & Tourism at: (620)-583-6783.