swampchicken wrote:CUT'EM ALL JACK wrote:I knew someone would try to make a statement like that, that's why I was prepared . my county conservation officer (Billy Barton over iron county Missouri) is a good friend of mine, and also an avid outdoorsman. he personally told me that with dove, it is completely legal to manipulate a crop field however you please, as long as you aren't dumping seed right on the ground, you can mow, cut, chop, etc. as long as you aren't dumping or spreading seed or bait out, its legal. there is no law stating I cant mow down a crop field, then proceed to hunt dove over it. Billy has been a part of this milo field since day 1. yes dove are a migratory bird, but they are not controlled federally like waterfowl, that's why you don't have to buy a federal "dove stamp" to hunt dove. he did say that it is illegal to manipulate a crop for waterfowl however because of federal law dictating it. dove are regulated more so by state law.
Trust me on this one offenders are procecuted by a federal procecuter. They are a federal bird because they migrate. You cannot top sow winter wheat in august for a dove field it is not normal farming practice for that time of year. just to let you guys know. Good luck to all and a mowed milo field should provide many good shoots. Just mow new chunks out of it every week to give them new food.
This is exactly right. you CANNOT SEW SEED FOR ATTRACTING DOVE! (other than the normal practice of planting wheat in a normal agricultural manner, kind of a grey area to me) But, you can legally manipulate sunflower, milo, millet, etc. in any manner you want for DOVE ONLY. as long as its on the same ground it was grown on, as in right there, you cant harvest then spread it out over an open field. and yes dove are a federal bird, but this particular situation of manipulating a field is regulated by our Missouri state laws, as well as federal.