Department of Fish and Wildlife
Mentor-youth dove hunt sign-ups begin Aug. 10
– Registration for mentor-youth
dove hunts sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
will begin Monday, Aug.10.
include specially set-aside fields for adults wishing to take up to two youths
(ages 15 and younger) dove hunting. The number of hunters in each field is
limited, with spaces reserved by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to
register. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
occur on Saturday, Sept. 5. The state’s five designated mentor-youth fields
will not be open to hunting prior to that day. Dove season otherwise opens
statewide in Kentucky on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
in reserving a space for these hunts must register by calling Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Hunting reservations will not be accepted prior to Aug. 10. The department
limits the number of participants in each field to avoid overcrowding.
remain open through Aug. 21, or whenever all slots are filled.
Each adult may
take up to two youths, but only two shotguns are allowed for each group.
Participating youths are not required to hunt. Hunter education and licensing
requirements apply to those participating in these hunts
Those hunters ages
12-15 must have a hunting license. Youths under the age of 12 do not need a
hunting license. Adults 16 and older must have a hunting license and a
migratory game bird-waterfowl permit, or a sportsman’s license, or a
Hours for the
mentor-youth dove hunts run from 2 to 7 p.m., local time on Sept. 5. Clark’s
River National Wildlife Refuge will offer an additional mentor-youth hunt Sept.
6. Hunters must be out of the field by 7:30 p.m. Hunt groups must check in
prior to hunting and check out with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff members
before leaving the field.
fields located on private land and those fields located on wildlife management
areas (WMAs) both open to public hunting Sept. 6 through Oct. 24. Clark’s River
National Wildlife Refuge will reopen for general hunting Sept. 7.
mentor-youth dove fields include:
Union County, Higginson-Henry WMA:
Directions: Located off KY 56, about 7 miles southeast of
Grant County, Curtis Gates Lloyd
Directions: Take Crittenden exit
off I-75 and follow U.S. 25 south to KY 491, turn left across railroad tracks,
then right on Wildlife Road.
From Greensburg, take U.S. 68 south
for 7.3 miles to a right onto KY 218 for 2.1 miles, then left onto Roy Bagby
Road to a field at the end of road on the right.
McCracken County, Clark’s River
National Wildlife Refuge:
Mentor-Youth Hunts Sept. 5 and 6;
opens to public hunting on Sept. 7.
Directions: From Symsonia, take KY
131 north for a little over 2 miles to fields on left marked by signs. Note:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved non-toxic shot is required for all dove
hunting on this area.
From Bluegrass Parkway exit 59 near
the Anderson/Mercer county line, take U.S. 127 south to Lower Clay Lick Rd. for
0.5 mile. Follow signs to parking area.
regarding dove hunting and publicly-accessible fields is contained within the
2015-2016 Kentucky Hunting Guide for Dove, Wood Duck, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe and
Crow. This guide is available online at fw.ky.gov. Printed copies of the guide
will be available later this month.
Dove hunters must
fill out the HIP Migratory Bird Survey before going hunting. This brief,
5-minute survey is available online at fw.ky.gov. Click the “My Profile” tab to