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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Ideal habitat conditions should make for a productive dove season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward For the middle of August, much of Kentucky looks as green as late May. Corn is high and robust, pastures are green and streams run bank full. The lush conditions should translate into productive hunting when the dove season opens Sept. 1. “Sunflowers look great overall,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

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...

New public dove field added in Floyd County; will open for first segment on Dewey Lake WMA

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Ample recent rain results in promising outlook for dove season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The generous rains combined with abundant summer sunshine spurred excellent growth for sunflowers planted on the public dove fields across the state. Hunters should find excellent conditions for the opening of dove season on the traditional date of Sept. 1. “Across the board, our dove fields have done well this year,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird coordinator...

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...