waveslider wrote:So, based on what I saw this weekend, there is going to be a LOT of grain fields that go unharvested or at least will be harvested poorly to the point that I bet some farmers won't even bother. The barley looked good.
There were fields near Ashton/St Anthony/Rexburg that won't be fit for a tractor for a month it looked like. Some wheat was still green due to the wet August.
At what point is a field baited vs hunt able? I'm betting that little dilemma is going to come up and get argued in E Idaho this year for sure! You folks over there might want to tighten up on that just in case.
When was the last time you heard of a crop wasted in Idaho from too much water?
Good bit of advice waveslider!
I've been wondering the same myself.
I think standing crops are alright, harvested crops are alright, but if just knocked down and tilled a bit, that might mean baited.
Interesting dilemma for sure. But I'm thinking a guy can ask the farmer if he's harvested, or just bladed the crop under before he hunts it.
An excerpt from the feds guidelines about baiting.
What is Legal?
Hunting waterfowl over a crop that has not been harvested but that has been manipulated (rolled/disced) is considered baiting under current regulations.
You can hunt waterfowl on or over or from:
Standing crops or flooded standing crops, including aquatic plants.
Standing, flooded, or manipulated natural vegetation.
Flooded harvested croplands.
Lands or areas where grains have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, or post-harvest manipulation.
Lands or areas where top-sown seeds have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, or a planting for agricultural soil erosion control or post-mining land reclamation.
A blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation.
A blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with vegetation from agricultural crops, provided your use of such vegetation does not expose, deposit, distribute or scatter grain or other feed.
Standing or flooded standing crops where grain is inadvertently scattered solely as the result of hunters entering or leaving the area, placing decoys, or retrieving downed birds. Hunters are cautioned that while conducting these activities, any intentional scattering of grain will create a baited area.
What is Illegal?
Some examples of areas where you cannot hunt waterfowl include:
Areas where grain or seed has been top-sown and the Cooperative Extension Service does not recommend the practice of top sowing (see section on wildlife food plots).
Crops that have been harvested outside of the recommended harvest dates established by the Cooperative Extension Service (including any subsequent post-harvest manipulations).
Unharvested crops that have been trampled by livestock or subjected to other types of manipulations that distribute, scatter, or expose grain.
Areas where grain is present and stored, such as grain elevators and grain bins.
Areas where grain is present for the purpose of feeding livestock.
Freshly planted wildlife food plots that contain exposed grain.
Croplands where a crop has been harvested and the removed grain is redistributed or “added back” onto the area where grown.http://www.fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting ... iting.html