Looks like field manipulation will be allowed for mourning doves. Baiting is coming closer and closer.
ADOPTED RULE MAKING
A. Create 58 Pa. Code § 141.29.
Commentary: To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the
Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its January 30, 2018,
meeting to create § 141.29 (relating to hunting mourning doves over
managed fields) to authorize the hunting and taking of mourning doves in
areas where grain or other feed has been distributed or scattered solely as a
result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed where grown.
This authorization will not authorize the hunting of any other species in
these managed areas.
CHAPTER 141. HUNTING AND TRAPPING
Subchapter B. SMALL GAME
§ 141.29. Hunting mourning doves over managed fields.
(a) Limited hunting authorized. In accordance with the authorization in 50 CFR
20.21 (relating to what hunting methods are illegal), it is lawful to hunt mourning doves on or over
lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas, and where grain or other feed has been distributed
or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land
where grown, or solely as the result of a normal agricultural operation. This authorization does not
apply to any other species of wildlife or to the hunting of mourning doves where grain or other
feed has been distributed or scattered as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other
feed after September 15 each license year.
(b) Definition. For the purposes of this section, ''manipulation'' means the
alteration of natural vegetation or agricultural crops by activities that include mowing, shredding,
discing, rolling, chopping, trampling, flattening, burning or herbicide treatments. The term
manipulation does not include the distributing or scattering of grain, seed or other feed after
removal from or storage on the field where grown.