Hillsdale Wildlife Area News

Hillsdale Wildlife Area News

Dove Hunting

Each year, A number of fields are specifically prepared for dove hunting. A total of 4 fields were managed to attract doves in 2014. Approximately 35 acres of sunflowers and wheat will be partially mowed (or burned if wheat) prior to opening day (September 1). 

Youth Mentor Field - (Non-Toxic Shot ONLY) (9 acres) Located just east of Waverly Rd, the youth mentor field is reserved for youth (16 and under) accompanied by a mentor (18 and older). This field is set aside to limit hunting pressure and increase opportunities for beginners. The field is easily accessible from Waverly Rd or the Wade Branch parking area. 

Wade Branch North Field - (Non-Toxic Shot ONLY) (10 acres) Our most accessible dove field at Hillsdale, planted to sunflowers and wheat located ~250 yards east of Waverly Rd.

Hillsdale Point Field - (9 acres) Hidden from the road and almost a half mile walk from the nearest parking, this field is likely to experience less hunting pressure than others. A ring of sunflowers with wheat in the middle and woodland immediately adjacent. Park along Gardner road and follow the mowed path to the field.

Little Bull Field - (7 acres) Approximately 450 yards north of 223rd St on the northern end of the Little Bull inlet. Access from the parking area just west and follow the mowed trail and signs.

Address comments and suggestions to Eric Kilburg at the Hillsdale Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Office (913-783-4507).

Hunting/Survey Permit -All dove hunters are required to obtain a "free" Daily Dove Hunting Permit which will be available on site. The top half of the permit is completed and deposited into a mailbox (at the hunting area) before hunting. The bottom portion is carried while in the field, filled out, and deposited into the mailbox at the completion of the hunt. A new permit is required for each hunt. This information is being collected from many managed dove fields in eastern Kansas in an effort to evaluate dove management activities on public lands. We are interested in the beneficial economic issues related to hunting doves and in how much lead is being deposited on Manged areas. This information will help us maintain and improve funding for managed dove fields in the future. Thanks for your cooperation and participation with this survey.