"Everything you do must be a standard farming practice. If it's not--like if you've got more than the recommended amount of wheat on the ground--it can be considered baiting, and everyone on the field can get a ticket."
Time the Hunt**
Sept. 1 is the traditional opener in most states, and no doubt the most popular of all days for holding a dove shoot. That doesn't mean it's always the best day to kill doves, however. Doves are migratory, and it doesn't take much of an early cold front to move big numbers of birds in--or out--of a field. Like any hunting worth doing, scouting is the key. If your field is loaded with birds on Aug. 28 and the forecast is stable, plan the shoot. If a cold front will be blasting through, however, you might be better off to wait and let migrant birds behind the front establish themselves in your field.