2012 Dove Fields and Maps
Now that we are approaching the 3rd week of dove season, and we've had a few cold fronts come through, bird usage of our sunflower fields has certainly dropped off. While limits may be very difficult to come by, all of the fields should still offer some harvest opportunities for a while longer.
With the incredibly hot and dry summer we had, sunflowers were one of the few crops we had on the WA that did OK for the most part! That being said, there is a lot of variability in quality between and within our different sunflower fields. One field did not germinate well, and other spots suffered from weed competition. GENERAL conditions and prospects are noted under each field. There are no guarantees, and each field is capable of producing quality hunting.
Our first rounds of mowing on sunflower fields and burning wheat stubble were completed during the week of August 13th. Management efforts will continue up to the start of the season.
County Line Field – 3 miles east of Downs, on Mitchell/Osborne County line, 1 mile south of Hwy 24 (100 Rd.) – One 24 acre sunflower field. Open To All Hunters for the entire season. Current prospects are POOR.
East Granite Creek Fields – 1/4 mile north of Hwy 24 directly east of Granite Creek cove – 3 sunflower fields totaling 25 acres. Open to all hunters for the entire season. Current prospects are POOR. Parking area is where D Road ends at WA boundary.
Cawker City Field- ½ mile southwest of Cawker City below the dike- One 29 acre sunflower field. This field and the surrounding area will be Reserved on September 1 for a Youth dove hunt. For more information or to register for the youth dove hunt, contact Chris Lecuyer or visit the Glen Elder Wildlife Area website. From September 2nd
, the field is designated Youth and Mentor Hunting ONLY. Adults may only hunt this field if they are hunting with a youth younger than 18 years old. Starting September 10th
this field will be open to all hunters. Current prospects are FAIR. Hunters may park near the grain bins on the north side of the dike. Follow Redwood St. south out of Cawker City.
Fisherman’s Bridge Field – 1/8 mile northeast of Fisherman’s Bridge near the intersection of I road and 110 road. – One 16 acre sunflower field. Open to all hunters for the entire season. Current prospects are FAIR. Lots of weed competition.
West Walnut Creek Fields – South side of the main lake, just southeast of the intersection of H road and 170 road (which is closed). – One 11 acre sunflower field with an 8 acre wheat stubble field nearby. Open to all hunters for the entire season. The Walnut Creek area is now open to all hunters year round. Current propspects are POOR. Wheat stubble field should draw some birds.
Google Earth Map of the Dove fields is now available. Scroll over and click on the place mark on each field to get more information.