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Farmers can earn $10,000 in Cooperative Dove Field Program; enrollment period extended to March 10

Farmers can earn extra money and support Kentucky’s hunting heritage by participating in the Cooperative Dove Field Program offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The program leases privately owned and managed fields for public dove hunting in the fall. Enrollment is open through March 10. “This creative program gives our farmers an additional income opportunity, and...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Signs are positive for a better state dove hunting season this fall

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The morning fog we’ve seen a few times lately portends that fall hunting seasons are right around the corner. For many Kentuckians, the best time of year begins on Sept. 1, the traditional opener for dove season. Dove hunting is a social event as old friends reunite while standing on the edge of a field, telling stories and keeping their eyes peeled for incoming...

Application process for popular mentor-youth dove hunts changed by Fish and Wildlife Department

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is changing its application process for the popular mentor-youth dove hunts being offered Sept. 2. The hunts allow adults to take kids hunting in dove fields that limit the number of participants. Traditionally, people had to call the department to sign up for a mentor-youth dove hunt. These were handled on a first-come, first-served basis. By...

Kentucky farmers can earn extra cash by enrolling in Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Dove Field Program

Kentucky farmers can earn some much-needed extra cash by enrolling in the Cooperative Dove Field Program. Enrollment is underway and continues through 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 Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Proper shotgun fundamentals critical to wingshooting success

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward A dove comes into your section of the field on opening day. You crouch behind a row of sunflowers and excitedly wait for the dove to come into range. The dove keeps coming and you jump up, shoulder your shotgun and fire, followed by another shot and then another, none of them threatening the bird. The dove keeps flying out of the field. The opening weekend of dove...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Follow these four tips and you’ll bag more doves this coming season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The heavy dew that soaks your shoes in the early morning is often accompanied by thick fog, signs that summer is losing its grip. Fall will be here soon, a hunter’s favorite time of year. The start of the fall for outdoors enthusiasts coincides with the opening of dove season each Sept. 1. Here are four things to keep in mind to place more doves in your hunting...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Mentor-youth dove hunts offer great opportunity, sign ups begin Aug. 8

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The excitement of an opening day dove hunt when you are young spawns a lifetime of memories. Each year, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plants dove fields that host mentor-youth hunts to introduce young people to the fun of dove hunting. Sign-ups for these fields begin Monday, Aug. 8. “Dove hunting is a perfect way to introduce a young...

Lake Beshear boat ramp reopens; enrollment open for state’s Cooperative Dove Field Program

The boat ramp at Lake Beshear in Caldwell County has reopened following a renovation project. Work will continue this week on a courtesy dock at the ramp. The ramp closed Nov. 30, 2015. Employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources replaced the single-lane asphalt ramp with a 14-foot concrete ramp that extends farther and deeper into the water. The ramp is located off KY 2066. The...

Previously unlisted dove field in Johnson County opened by state Fish and Wildlife

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 (F&W Photo)   Three dove fields listed in Kentucky’s 2015 dove guide...

Kentucky farmers can earn extra cash by leasing state private land for dove hunting

(Photo from Creative Commons)   Kentucky farmers can earn extra cash by enrolling in the state’s Cooperative Dove Field Program. Enrollment is currently underway and continues through 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,”...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Now time to scout dove hunting fields before the Labor Day open

Rick and Clinton Hill await doves at a field in Franklin County a few years ago. The coming dove season looks highly promising after perfect weather conditions placed habitat across Kentucky in great shape. Dove season opens on Labor Day, Sept. 1, statewide. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The diminishing daylight hours, foggy mornings and slightly different...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Most important part of choosing first shotgun is ‘end result’

Kentucky Afield television host Tim Farmer waits for doves on a September hunt in Franklin County several years ago. Selecting a first shotgun mainly involves cost, ease of use and proper fit. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   My first shotgun was an old .410-gauge Mossberg with a bolt action and pistol grip that once belonged to my grandmother. A decent squirrel...