FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2002
Wheat is sown at this time of the year in Tennessee as a standard agricultural practice, and fields of freshly sown wheat offer excellent hunting opportunity. However, the hunter must be certain that the field has not been "double sown" which is not a recommended method of planting. If the hunter sees that wheat has already sprouted consistently on the field and hard grains of wheat are also distributed on top of the ground, it is evidence that the field has been sown more than one time. The hunter should depart such fields immediately.
Federal regulations also permit the taking of doves over wildlife
food plots provided they are planted in accordance with official recommendations
of the Cooperative Extension Service or in a manner consistent with
official recommendations for production of a crop (e.g. one-time sowing
of viable seed at recommended application rates and dates on a prepared
seed bed). Mature wildlife flood plots may also be manipulated for the
purpose of attracting and hunting doves. However, the distribution of
additional grain, such as wheat or sunflower, to a standing or manipulated
food plot would be considered baiting.
Penalties for a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act include
a fine up to $15,000 and 6 months imprisonment. The penalty for placing
or directing the placement of bait, or allowing any person to take or
attempt to take doves over a baited area includes up to one-year imprisonment.
Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region website at
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Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286