DNR to manage eight fields for dove hunting
To provide more opportunities for dove hunters this fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is managing eight public fields specifically to attract doves.
The 3- to 5-acre fields were planted this summer with small grains, sunflowers or other crops known to attract doves. Hunters will be required to use non-toxic shot.
To get ready for the Sept. 1 opener, area wildlife managers have been knocking down sections of the crops, causing seeds to fall for the ground-feeding doves.
Bill Penning, DNR farmland wildlife program leader said "These fields will be an excellent place for novice hunters, as well as youth, to get a feel for hunting this fun and challenging game bird."
Because crops are being manipulated, the fields would be considered baited under federal waterfowl regulations and are off limits to duck and goose hunters. "They are not located where waterfowl would typically go," said Penning.
"The majority of birds generally migrate through Minnesota by the middle of September," Penning said. The daily bag limit for doves is 15.
The following wildlife management areas will have posted fields: Red Buffalo WMA, Lac Qui Parle County; Lac Qui Parle WMA, Swift, Big Stone, Chippewa and Lac Qui Parle counties; Whitewater WMA, Winona and Olmsted counties; Carlos Avery WMA, Anoka and Chisago counties.