The Migratory Bird Treaty Amendment Act of 2013 (S. 89) would allow baiting of migratory birds for hunting on private land under certain circumstances. The bill would amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 to allow farmers, or hunters with the landowners' permission, to shoot the birds on the condition that the crop was not harvestable because of natural disaster. A local representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to certify that the current crop or crop from the preceding year had been destroyed or could not be harvested economically.
View the current law at http://www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/migtrea.html.
View the proposed change at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.89:.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the bill, which was referred to the Committee on Environment & Public Works. It has picked up no cosponsors.
Vitter introduced the same measure in each of the last two congresses but it went nowhere. The same bill was introduced in the House two years ago with no action taken.