FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dove hunters now have an additional field to hunt that was not included in the public fields listing in the 2016-2017 Kentucky Hunting Guide for Dove, Early Waterfowl, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow.
This field includes six acres planted in sunflowers in the upper reaches of Dewey Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Floyd County.
Hunters may reach the field by taking KY 1428 south from Prestonsburg for 6.4 miles, then turning left onto KY 194 and driving for another 5.4 miles. Travelers must veer hard left to stay onto KY 194 at this point. After this sharp turn, hunters must drive an additional 5.9 miles to reach the public dove field on the right. Public dove fields are marked with yellow signs.
Hunters may access a map, detailed directions and GPS coordinates of all public dove hunting fields at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife webpage at fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Maps” tab at the top of the page, then the “Game Maps” tab and choose “2016 Public Dove Fields.”
Dove hunters must have a valid Kentucky hunting license, their Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl permit along with their Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) confirmation number to be legal hunters.
To get your H.I.P. number, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website at fw.ky.gov and click on the “My Profile” tab. Answer a few questions about last season’s harvest of migratory birds and get your confirmation number. Record your H.I.P. confirmation number on either your Kentucky hunting license or Kentucky migratory game bird – waterfowl permit.
John Brunjes, migratory bird coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, reminds dove hunters to check the public dove field listing on the department website before going afield for the latest dove field information.