Legal to bushhog?

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by bmason, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. bmason

    bmason 6 pointer

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    We're going to be in a lease for a second year in Missouri. The field was rice last year and definitely a bust (like most places). This year water stayed on the field until July or so and the farmer took an insurance claim rather than planting crops (would have been beans this year). The field is grown up in the best moist soil unit I've seen with a BUNCH of volunteer rice. Can it be bush hogged to get some open water visible? Again this field was not planted this year. I'd like to assume its just like any other field and can be cut without violating baiting law.
     
  2. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    Good question. I guess call Missouri F&W see what they say. Here in Ky you would get 10 different answers from 10 different people from F&W.
     
  3. Mossy Oak Boykins

    Mossy Oak Boykins 6 pointer

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    my guess would be no to manipulating whats there, the way i understand here you can grow it , flood it but you cant intentionally manipulate which is considered baiting
     
  4. bigpuddin43

    bigpuddin43 12 pointer

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    you can manipulate natural vegetation if it wasnt planted should be fine but I would try to contact the CO for that area to be sure.
     
  5. hunt-4-life21

    hunt-4-life21 12 pointer

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    You can mow moist soil units so I don't see why volunteer rice would be any different. I hope you have a better year over there than we did last year. It was terrible.
     
  6. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer 10 pointer

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    If it is volonteer and was not planted this year 2019 then yes.
     
  7. bbfky10ga

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    my understanding of the law is if it is volunteer and not planted the current year then it can be manipulated. I have tons of Egyptian wheat that is voluntary but I'm leaving it standing for the doves and quail over the winter and it's right next to the pond
     
  8. bmason

    bmason 6 pointer

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    Could it get worse? We were outside of east prairie. I thought a moist soil unit could be cut, but I'll have to call the MDC to 100%.
     

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