Department of Fish and Wildlife
Three dove fields removed from public hunts; new field added in Johnson County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three dove fields listed in
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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 fw.ky.gov before
going afield. Fields set aside for mentor-youth hunts will not be open for
general hunting on Sept. 1.
migratory birds, hunters must now go online to fw.ky.gov 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.