If you look at the MDC website you will find this quote:
"Federal Waterfowl Regulations Summary
In addition to state regulations, the following federal rules apply to the hunting of migratory game birds. Note: This is only a summary. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/hunting
, where a complete version of Title 50, Part 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be found. When state law is different from federal law, hunters must follow the more restrictive law."
Go to this link:
Look for this:
§ 20.21 What hunting methods are illegal? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 of 36
Quoted from the USFWS website:
§ 20.21 What hunting methods are illegal?
(i) By the aid of baiting, or on or over any baited area, where a person knows or reasonably
should know that the area is or has been baited. However, nothing in this paragraph prohibits:
(1) the taking of any migratory game bird, including waterfowl, coots, and cranes, on or over the
following lands or areas that are not otherwise baited areas --
(i) Standing crops or flooded standing crops (including aquatics); standing, flooded, or
manipulated natural vegetation; flooded harvested croplands; or lands or areas where seeds or
grains have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, harvesting,
post-harvest manipulation or normal soil stabilization practice;
(ii) From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation;
(iii) From a blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with vegetation from agricultural
crops, as long as such camouflaging does not result in the exposing, depositing, distributing or
scattering of grain or other feed; or
(iv) Standing or flooded standing agricultural crops where grain is inadvertently scattered solely
as a result of a hunter entering or exiting a hunting area, placing decoys, or retrieving downed
(2) The taking of any migratory game bird, except waterfowl, coots and cranes, 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.
There is your Federal regulation as it relates to baiting waterfowl and other specified migratory birds. I hope this helps.
Please contact your local Conservation Agent or USFW Officer and discuss it with them. They are the enforcement authority.