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Dove season looks promising

August 18, 2003

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."

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Pritchert said dove hunters need to check the KDFWR's website at fw.ky.gov for updates on dove lease field conditions.

The 2003 dove hunting season opens Sept. 1 and closes Oct. 24. Shooting hours for the early season are 11 a.m. to sunset. The dove season will also be open Nov. 27 through Dec. 2. Shooting hours for the late season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

The daily limit is 15 doves. The possession limit is 30. For more information about dove season , log on to fw.ky.gov or call 800-858-1549.

New Quota

Hunt Procedures

During the entire month of September, hunters may apply by phone for KDFWR-managed pheasant, deer and waterfowl quota hunts. To apply for these quota hunts, call 1-877-598-2401 and a representative of Bass Pro Shops will assist you. Applications will not be taken outside the Sept. 1-30 period. Make sure you tell the operator you want to apply for a Kentucky quota hunt when calling.

New State

Record Warmouth

Jon Hoover, of Louisville, caught a new state record warmouth from a private farm pond in Jefferson County on July 21. The warmouth weighed 1 pound 6.2 ounces with a length of 10.7 inches and a girth of 11 and one-half inches. Hoover caught the record warmouth casting a Rapala Shad Rap crankbait on 12 pound line. He used an Abu Garcia reel on a Berkley Lightning rod.|8/15/03***

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