US Army Corps of Engineers
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Status of Dove Fields at Lake Shelbyville

Published July 17, 2019

For Immediate Release:

17 July 2019

Release No.19-27


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Status of Dove Fields


Lake Shelbyville - Due to the wet spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

was unable to plant sunflowers in time to hold its annual dove hunt.

Approximately 10 acres of sunflowers were planted at South Sand Creek Dove

Field almost a month later than usual and the flowers will not be mature by

the September 1st opener.  The Whitley Creek dove field was still too wet to

plant when Sand Creek was planted, and it was decided to forego the planting

of that field.  Once the flowers at South Sand Creek are mature, strips will

be mowed in them and blinds will be staked as usual.  However, the blinds

will be on a first come, first served basis and no managed hunt will be


The Lake Shelbyville staff is disappointed that the hunt will not be held

this year as it is always an enjoyable event and is an annual tradition for

many.  Once the South Sand Creek field is ready, an announcement will be

made on the Lake Shelbyville website at

n/Hunting/ and on the Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Facebook page.


For additional information please contact Park Ranger Taylor Finks at

(217)-774-3951 ext. 7028.



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Ashley Florey
217-774-3951 X 5
Lee Mitchell
217-774-3951 X 7049

Release no. 19-048