Department of Fish and Wildlife
Cooperative Dove Field Program enrollment
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky farmers can earn much-needed extra cash
by enrolling in the Cooperative Dove Field Program. Enrollment is currently
underway and continues until March 1.
The Cooperative Dove Field Program
pays landowners to lease fields on their property for public dove hunting.
“Landowners may earn up to $10,000 in the
Cooperative Dove Field Program,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist
for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “They earn $300 per
Brunjes said the department will
accept fields ranging from 6 to 30 acres with additional payments for buffers
around fields. “Fields generally run from 20 to 30 acres in size,” he
explained. “But, we encourage anyone interested to apply.”
Farmers may plant an idle field to
sunflowers, millet or another acceptable crop for a public dove field by
working with a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologist and following
some simple guidelines.
Payment amounts depend on the number
of acres enrolled, crop type and fulfillment of the plot management agreement
with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
To get the process started,
landowners must contact their Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands
biologist or Natural Resources Conservation Service liaison. For a listing of
biologists, visit on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s homepage at fw.ky.gov and search under the keywords,
“private lands biologist.” Property owners may also call the department at
1-800-858-1549 for more information.