State dove fields

Remington700

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I never understand why they wait until two weeks before to inform the public about dove fields. I know earlier in the year there was talk of them going away all together. Anyone heard anything?
 

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RUGER

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I haven't heard anything.
Probably gonna have to put in on a computer draw to hunt them.
 

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I never understand why they wait until two weeks before to inform the public about dove fields. I know earlier in the year there was talk of them going away all together. Anyone heard anything?

A couple reasons come to mind

1) failure of the fields to develop
2) sabatoge from nearby hunters
3) keep from overly publicizing and creating havoc on opening day
 

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I never understand why they wait until two weeks before to inform the public about dove fields. I know earlier in the year there was talk of them going away all together. Anyone heard anything?
Many times they don’t know if the field is even going to be cut until a couple of weeks before. TWRA’s use if the field is secondary to the farmer and his crop.
 

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Many times they don’t know if the field is even going to be cut until a couple of weeks before. TWRA’s use if the field is secondary to the farmer and his crop.
90 percent of said fields are millet and sunflowers that have 0 effect on a "farmer and his crop".
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong. If my memory serves me correctly; on some years TWRA has been known to lease private fields if available. Those leases weren't finalized until right before season, dependent on the field meeting certain requirements.
 
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Had somebody baited Forks of The River 1 year, not sure who did it but it delayed the opening of the area. A lot of the fields leased the last few years have been cut a month or more it looks like, and a thin spread of ww thrown out, very few birds but like other critters there are cycles so sometimes feast sometimes famine . Been loving wing shooting for 45 years since my first dove hunt, lot of beer was drank and a lot of birds killed, not the first incident that I recall . Times change and all of the hunting and fishing has evolved/devolved. Sometimes for the betterment of the resources sometimes for the trophy hunters . Fields and the weather will determine if it can be hunted or not. If you can find a flyway no crops are needed, we hunted hay fields and had plenty of shooting 40 years ago, seems strange to think about how long ago that was lol. great time to get kids involved , pass on the traditions if you can.
 

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Seems I remember some ky fish and wildlife guys talking about not publicizing too soon to keep pressure down prior to season. Then I think they actually made it a rule you couldn’t scout prior to season.
I get it, I’d want to see how many birds were holding before I committed to a spot, but so does everybody else and even stuff like that pressures them.
Plus some of the co-op fields are at the back of these farms and it could be a mess.
 

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