Sign-Ups Underway For Dove Field Lease Program
Frankfort, Kentucky – Kentucky farmers can earn some extra cash this year by enrolling in the Cooperative Dove Field Program offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The sign-up period for the program continues through March 15.
The Cooperative Dove Field Program provides Kentuckians more hunting opportunities and generates important new income for the state’s farmers.
Fields planted in the spring with sunflowers, millet or other grains for dove hunting can generate as much as $3,500 for a landowner when leased to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for public hunting. An idle or fallow field planted to winter wheat might also qualify. Any field previously intended for silage production can easily become a dove-hunting field by working with your local Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologist or Natural Resources Conservation Service liaison.
“Larger fields up to 20 acres are preferred, however in the past, we have had some excellent smaller fields enrolled in the program,” said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All fields regardless of size will be evaluated and considered for the program.”
Area farmers interested in the Cooperative Dove Field Program should contact their Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologist or Natural Resources Conservation Service liaison no later than March 15.
The current contact information for either Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologists or the Natural Resources Conservation Service liaisons may be found on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s homepage web site at fw.ky.gov. Click on the “Habitat Improvement” tab, then on the “Cooperative Dove Field” tab.
You may also contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 for more information concerning the Cooperative Dove Field Program.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has an economic impact to the state of $4.5 billion annually. For more information on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, visit our web site at fw.ky.gov.