Department of Fish and Wildlife
Three dove fields removed from public hunts; new field added in Johnson County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Dave Baker
1-800-858-1549, ext. 4454

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three dove fields listed in Kentucky’s 2015 dove guide will not be open for public hunting this year. However, the department is adding an extra field in Johnson County that was not listed in the guide.

Growing conditions may change between the time that fields are published in the hunting guide until dove season actually opens. Because the dove guides are printed weeks in advance, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continues to closely monitor locations for field failures and provides updated information to the public as needed.

“We strive to provide a quality experience for our dove hunters and if we see a field cannot provide that, we do not want to send people there,” said Wildlife Division Assistant Director Chris Garland.

Fields no longer available for public dove hunting include those in Menifee County, Yatesville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and a privately-owned field located off KY 32 in Fleming County. The dove field at the Marietta Booth tract of Clay WMA in Fleming County is not affected and will remain open for dove hunting.

The department also announced today that a new dove field not previously listed in the guide will be opened in Johnson County at Auxier Flats on Paintsville Lake WMA.

To access the field from Paintsville, take KY 40 West to KY172 West. Go 3.2 miles then turn left onto Stone Coal Road. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto Glade Branch Road and continue until it ends at a parking lot with signage. The GPS coordinates for this area are 37.861166, -82.887678.

Hunters with four-wheel-drive trucks may continue onto the parking area closer to the dove field. Those with two-wheel-drive vehicles will need to walk the remaining distance – approximately half a mile – to the field.

Due to the popularity of dove hunting, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife each year leases private property for dove fields and plants dove fields on select wildlife management areas. Dove season opens Sept. 1.

Hunters should consult the updated version of the dove guide online at before going afield. Fields set aside for mentor-youth hunts will not be open for general hunting on Sept. 1.

Before hunting migratory birds, hunters must now go online to or call 1-800-858-1549 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time and fill out the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey before they are legal migratory bird hunters.

The process takes less than 5 minutes. Go to the "My Profile" tab on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website to fill out the survey. Hunters who complete the survey will receive a confirmation number. This number must be written on the hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird-Waterfowl Hunting permit.