A copy of a letter I sent today to the BOC of the PGC. I hope others follow suit.
I found out today that the Board gave tentative approval to allow crops such as sunflowers and other grains to be brush hogged down for the express purpose of hunting doves in the fields. I cannot express how disappointed I am over this decision and the tentative approval of the regulation allowing it. They do this in the south, and they did it before it was legal because it is very effective. Right now in Lancaster Co. an area that once had phenomenal dove hunting and now has poor quality dove hunting because it is very difficult to find even a semi productive field. By allowing this regulation to go to final adoption you will be in essence be allowing those with the land and equipment to bait doves onto their land to the detriment of those who do not hold such resources. What are you thinking? Additionally, historically the early goose season coincides with the first dove season and brush hogged fields will be an attractant to the Canada geese which may not be shot over bait and again removing them from those who want to legally hunt geese or cause cause baiting geese incidents to occur or both. I am ashamed that this great state has sunk to the point where it is considering allowing the baiting and killing of migratory game birds. The fact that federal law allows crop manipulation does not require PA to follow suit. The entire board of directors should asked themselves, is this really necessary and will it do more harm than good and will it punish some hunters while rewarding others. I am certain of what the answers are to those questions are.
I urge you do not do this, it is a mistake. I always thought our wildlife agency was better than this, please don't make me wrong.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. Please provide this letter to the Board of Commissioners.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!