Dove update

On Sunday’s cool afternoon, weeks after most Kansas hunters had given up on dove hunting, Brian Natalini and two buddies shot limits of the birds and were out of the field by about 6 p.m.

Brian Natalini and his Lab, Gunner, hunting doves on his one acre sunflower field Sunday afternoon.

Brian Natalini and his Lab, Gunner, hunting doves on his one acre sunflower field Sunday afternoon.

Earlier this month the outdoors page featured Natalini and the one acre sunflower field he manages in his backyard in southeast Kansas.

Natalini manages hunting pressure so the field’s not hunted during peak times of usage by doves and no more than two or three times a week.

Last year he and friends shot 980 doves off the one acre in Cherokee County. This year they’re “only” up to 502 doves this season. Natalini largely blames poor hatching numbers from the early summer for noticilby fewer doves this season.

Still, his hunting this year has been pretty impressive. Opening day ten hunters shot 150 in 75 minutes…during a monsoon like rain.

Brian Natalini recently installed two old utility poles and a connecting wire to help attract doves.

Brian Natalini recently installed two old utility poles and a connecting wire to help attract doves.

To make the field even better, Natalini recently placed two old utility poles in the field and stretched about 70 feet of wire about 20 feet above the ground. Doves love to rest on utility wires.

Several of Natalini’s friends have created their own small dove fields by planting sunflowers and mowing them just before the season opens.

“You have to keep those fields free of weeds,” Natalini said to those wanting to try his idea. “You can’t just plant it and leave it alone. You have to get out and spray to keep the weeds down in the summer.”

Click here to read more about Natalini’s special dove field.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery that’s attached to the above link.