The 2003 fall dove hunting season looks promising, despite the unusually wet spring that delayed planting of crops that attract doves.
"I think we should have a pretty good dove season, comparable to last year," said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). "We had a lot of rain, but not any huge blows that would have affected the fragile dove nests."
He said dove population counts are very similar to last year, but the rain hurt the planting of crops for the popular dove lease fields program.
"This year was a challenge for our dove lease field cooperators," Pritchert said. "The wet spring affected the program because of the limitations on planting conditions. Some of the cooperators had to drop out because of the wet weather. They just couldn't get their crops out on time."