From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources - Mentor-youth dove hunt sign-ups begin Aug. 11
Frankfort, Kentucky -
Registration for the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources mentor-youth dove hunts
opens Monday, Aug.11.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conducts the
mentor hunts as an avenue for adults to introduce youths to the joys of dove
hunting. The department limits the number of participants to avoid
Hunters interested in reserving a space for
these unique hunts must register by calling Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at
1-800-858-1549 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Hunting
reservations will not be accepted prior to Aug. 11.
Limited spaces are allotted on a first-come,
first-served basis. Registration is open through Aug. 22, or whenever all the
slots are filled. Most mentor-youth hunts will be held this year on Monday,
Sept. 1 (Labor Day), the opening day of dove season statewide. Clarks River
National Wildlife Refuge in McCracken County will conduct mentor/youth hunts on
Sept. 6 and 7. These fields open to public hunting Sept. 8.
The mentor-youth dove hunts offer adults an
opportunity to initiate youth aged 15 years and under into the enjoyment of an
early season dove hunt. Each adult may take one or two youths, but only two
shotguns are allowed per stake. Hunter education and licensing requirements
apply to those participating in these hunts.
Hunting hours run from 2 to 7 p.m., local
time on Sept. 1. Hunters must be out of the field by 7:30 p.m. Hunt groups must
check in prior to hunting and check out before leaving the field with Kentucky
Fish and Wildlife staff members.
Mentor-youth fields located on private land
open to public hunting Sept. 6 through Oct. 24.
Mentor-youth fields located on wildlife management areas (WMAs) are open
to public hunting Sept. 2 through Oct. 24.
This year’s mentor-youth dove fields
Union County, Higginson-Henry WMA:
Directions: KY 56, about 7 miles
southeast of Morganfield.
Grant County, Curtis Gates Lloyd WMA:
Directions: Take Crittenden exit
off I-75 and follow U.S. 25 south to KY 491, turn left across railroad tracks,
then right on Wildlife Road.
Lincoln County, private field:
Directions: From Stanford, travel
north on U.S. 27 for 0.16 mile to a left on to KY 590 for about 1.5 miles to a
gravel lane that leads to marked parking area and field.
Livingston County, private field:
From Carrsville, take KY 135 east
for 0.6 mile to field on left.
McCracken County, Clark’s River National Wildlife Refuge:
Mentor-Youth Hunts Sept. 6 and 7;
opens to public hunting on Sept. 8.
Directions: From Symsonia, take KY
131 north for a little over 2 miles to fields on left marked by signs. U.S.F.W.S.
approved non-toxic shot required for all dove hunting on this area.
Washington County, private field:
U.S. 150 at Fredericktown, take Short Creek Road to Burg Hill Road.
Information regarding dove hunting and
publicly-accessible fields will be contained within the 2014 Kentucky Hunting
Guide for Dove, Wood Duck, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe and Crow. This guide will be
published later this month.
Information on dove regulations and fields
will also be posted soon on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife webpage at fw.ky.gov.