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2017 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer

This list contains excerpts from published state regulation guides on feeding and/or baiting deer. Please note that if baiting or feeding is prohibited during the hunting season, it may be allowable to use Lucky Buck during the growth season starting in the spring and leading up to the fall hunting seasons. Regulations may be changed or revoked by your state at any time. It is your responsibility to check with your state government for an up-to-date interpretation. This information was last collected and updated in its entirety on *10-14-2017.

*Maryland, Michigan, and Utah have not been updated for 2017. This is temporary.

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Alabama

Alabama

Despite what many have heard or seen on social media, the “Baiting Bill” did not pass this year. So, for the 2017-18 hunting season, the “Area Definition” is still in effect. Regulation 220-2-.157, “as it applies to the hunting of deer and feral swine, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter, is not a lure, attraction, or enticement to, on, or over the area where the hunter is attempting to kill or take the deer or feral swine. “Not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.” The area definition does not apply on public land or for any other game animal such as turkey. During turkey season, all feed must be removed or consumed at least 10 days prior to hunting.

Source
Phone: 334-242-3467

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Arizona

Arizona

On National Wildlife Refuges - pits, permanent blinds and stands; trail or scouting cameras; and baiting are prohibited. (pg 96)
On Parashant National Monument - feeding or baiting of wildlife is prohibited. (pg 98)
Using edible or ingestible substances, other than water or salt/mineral products produced for the livestock industry, to aid in the taking of big game is unlawful. (pg 104)

Source
Phone: 602-942-3000

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Arkansas

Arkansas

It is unlawful to feed wildlife within the CWD Management Zone, except:
-Bait may be used to hunt deer and elk on private land from Sept. 1-Dec. 31. (page 7)

Baiting is defined as the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve as a lure or an attraction for wildlife to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them. It is legal to feed wildlife, with these exceptions:
-Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.
-Deer and elk may be hunted over bait in the CWD Management Zone from Sept. 1-Dec. 31 on private land only.
-An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of the bait. (page 21)

Source
Phone: 800-440-1477

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Colorado

Colorado

It is against the law to Hunt big game over bait, whether or not the person hunting personally placed the bait. Bait means to put, expose, distribute or scatter salt, minerals, grain, animal parts or other food as an attraction for big game. Salt or mineral blocks used for normal agricultural purposes are not considered bait. Scent sticks that smell like food are illegal for bears. (pg 17)
Source
Phone: 303-297-1192

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Connecticut

Connecticut

DEER HUNTING PROHIBITED ACTIVITY: Taking or attempting to take any deer with the aid of real or artificial bait in Zones 1 to 10, or on state lands in Zones 11 and 12. (Any food, mineral, or chemical product designed to be eaten by deer is considered bait.) (pg 26)
Where baiting of deer is permitted, it is strongly recommended that individuals consult with landowners prior to placing bait. (pg 35)

Attractants allowed during the statewide deer hunting seasons.
• Deer decoys during the early and late archery seasons only.
• All types of scent attractants (i.e., doe in heat, buck lure, urine, tarsal glands, food smells, smoke pole) that provide no substance for deer
to consume.
• All types of sound attractants (i.e., doe calls, buck calls, antler rattling, electronic calls).
• Hunting over planted fields where normal agricultural planting, harvesting, or post-harvest manipulation is used. (pg 26)

In addition to the attractants listed above, the following are allowed ON PRIVATE LANDS ONLY in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12 during the archery, shotgun/rifle, and muzzleloader deer seasons.
• Minerals or chemicals that may be safely consumed by deer (i.e., salt lick)
• Artificial or natural foods placed, scattered, distributed or deposited (i.e., hay, grains, fruit, nuts–any foods that may be safely consumed
by deer) (pg 26)

Source
Phone: 860-424-3000

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Delaware

Delaware

...bait may be used to hunt deer on privately-owned lands. (pg 12)
Source
Phone: 302-739-9912

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Florida

Florida

Prohibited methods and equipment for taking game mammals and resident game birds:
-Placing, exposing or distributing soporific, anesthetic, tranquilizer, hypnotic or similar drugs or chemicals; preparation by baits; or by other means where game birds or game animals may be affected (pg 28)

Taking game on lands or waters upon which corn, wheat, grain, food or other substances have been deposited by means other than normal agricultural harvesting or planting is prohibited, except as noted below.
■ Non-migratory game may be hunted in proximity of year-round game-feeding stations on private lands, provided the feeding station has been maintained with feed for at least six months prior to taking game.
■ Wild turkey may not be taken if the hunter is less than 100 yards from a game feeding station when feed is present.
■ Placing, offering or allowing the placement of feed or garbage that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance by attracting bears is prohibited after receiving written notification
from the FWC. The intentional feeding of bears is prohibited. (pg 18)
Source
Phone: 850-488-4676 or 386-758-0525

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Georgia

Georgia

BAITING
Bait: corn, wheat, other grains, salts, apples, and other feed that has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction, or enticement to game
animals or game birds.
IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO:
•Hunt any game animal (except as noted below) or game bird upon, over, around, or near bait.
•Hunt any area for a period of 10 days following complete removal of all bait.
•Hunt any big game or feral hog over bait or place bait on any State or Federal managed lands.
•Place bait in a manner that will cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited.
Taking of any big game over bait is subject to a fine of $5,000 and/or imprisonment up to 12 months.
EXCEPTIONS FOR DEER (ZONE LIMITED):
•In Harris, Talbot, Taylor, Peach, Houston, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Washington, Jefferson and Burke Counties and all counties south of these, deer may be hunted over or near any bait on private lands provided the hunter has written permission from the landowner.
•In Troup, Meriwether, Upson, Crawford, Bibb, Jones, Baldwin, Hancock, Glascock, Warren, McDuffie and Richmond Counties and all counties north of these, it is unlawful to hunt deer within 200 yards or within line of sight of bait. (Pg 26)
Source
Phone: 912-685-2145

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Idaho

Idaho

It is unlawful... To hunt any game animal/bird by means of baiting with grain, salt in any form (liquid or solid), or any other substance (not to include liquid scents) to constitute an attraction or enticement, with the exception of applicable rules for the black bear baiting permit. (pg 41)
Source
Phone: 208-334-3700

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Illinois

Illinois

It is unlawful to make available food, salt, mineral blocks or other products for ingestion by wild deer or other wildlife in areas where wild deer are present at any time. Except:
• elevated bird/squirrel feeders providing seed, grain, fruit, worms or suet for birds or squirrels located within 100 feet of a dwelling devoted to human occupancy.
• incidental feeding of wildlife within active livestock operations.
• feeding of wild animals, other than wild deer, by hand as long as a reasonable attempt is made to clean up unconsumed food.
• feeders for wildlife other than deer so long as deer are excluded from the feed in and around
the feeder by fencing or other barriers.
• standing crops planted and left standing as food plots for wildlife.
• grain or other feed scattered or distributed solely as a result of normal agricultural, gardening or soil stabilization practices.
• standing, flooded or manipulated natural vegetation or food/seed deposited by natural vegetation.
• grain or other feed distributed or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown, for purposes of dove hunting.
• food material placed for capturing or killing wildlife pursuant to 520 ILCS 5/2.37, 2.30, and 1.3.
• scientific permits issued pursuant to 17 Ill. Adm. Code 520 that allow food to attract wildlife.
• any other permits issued by DNR that require the attraction of wildlife for purposes of management, research or control. (pg 11)

Source
Phone: 217-782-6431

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Indiana

Indiana

Bait definition: Food that is transported or placed for consumption, including but not limited to piles of corn and apples placed in the field; a prepared solid or liquid that is manufactured and intended for consumption by livestock or wild deer, such as commercial baits and food supplements; salt; or mineral supplements. (pg 6)

It is illegal to use bait, salt, snares, dogs or other domesticated animals to take deer. Bait is considered any product that is transported into a hunting area and placed there for animal consumption. Baits can be in the form of salt, mineral blocks, prepared solid or liquid, or piles of apples or other food that is intended for the animal to eat. An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait and any affected soil. Dogs may be used while on a leash only to track or trail wounded deer. Artificial deer decoys are legal for deer hunting. (pg 22)

Source
Phone: 317-232-4080

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Iowa

Iowa

You may not use dogs, domestic animals, bait, ...to hunt deer. ...Bait means grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials, commercial products containing natural food materials, or by-products of such materials transported to or placed in an area for the purpose of attracting wildlife. Bait does not include livestock feed placed during normal agricultural activities. (pg 30)

Source
Phone: 515-281-5918

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Kansas

Kansas

It is legal to bait deer, turkey, and other non-migratory game animals on private lands. It is not legal to bait while hunting or preparing to hunt on department or WIHA lands. (pg 6)

Baiting, feeding, and concentrating deer is not advised. (pg 17)

See Kansas CWD map and other info on page 17.

Source
Phone: 785-296-2281

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Baiting is prohibited on all WMAs, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, Land Between The Lakes and state parks open to hunting. (pg 9)

Wild turkey or bears shall not be hunted by the aid of bait, nor shall areas be hunted where bait is present. This includes private lands baited for deer. An area is considered baited for 30 days after all bait has been removed. A baited area is any place where feed, grains or
other substances capable of luring wild turkeys or bears have been placed. An area where grains or other feeds exist as the result of legitimate agricultural practices, or as the result of growing or manipulating a crop for wildlife management is legal for hunting.(pg 9-10)

Elk may not be hunted over bait on public or private lands within the elk zone. However, it is legal to hunt elk over bait outside the elk zone. (pg 16)

Source
Phone: 800-858-1549

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Louisiana

Louisiana

Baiting, hunting over bait, or possession of bait is prohibited on all WMAs EXCEPT bait may be kept in a vehicle traversing a WMA road or parked on a WMA road. Bait is defined as any substance used to attract game via ingestion.(pg 66)

PROHIBITED ACTIVITY: Intentionally feeding, depositing, placing, distributing, exposing, scattering, or causing to be fed, deposited, placed, distributed, exposed, or scattered, raw sweet potatoes to wild game quadrupeds (pg 44)

Source
Phone: 318-371-3049

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Maine

Maine

Baiting deer by placing salt or any other bait or food to entice deer or hunting from an observation stand or blind overlooking salt, grain, fruit, nuts or other foods known to be attractive to deer, during any open hunting season on deer is prohibited. (Does not apply to hunting from an observation stand or blind overlooking: standing crops; foods that have been left as a result of normal agricultural operations or as a result of natural occurrence; or bear bait that has been placed at a bear hunting stand or blind in accordance with bear baiting laws.)

Source
Phone: 207-287-8000

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Maryland

Maryland

It is legal to bait deer except on Stateowned or State-controlled properties. (pg 8)
It is illegal to place bait for hunting on state lands. (pg 53)
It is illegal to bait for deer on the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs. (pg 63)

There is a CWD Management Area defined as "including all of Allegany County and Harvest Management Unit 250 in western Washington County." (pg 24)

Source
Phone: 410-260-8367

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

BAITING OF DEER is prohibited during any deer season and any bait made available to deer must be removed 10 days prior to the opening of the first day of archery deer season. Bait includes any natural or artificial substance which may be ingested that is used to entice deer. (pg 38)

Source
Phone: 508-389-6326

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Michigan

Michigan

Bait means a substance composed of grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or other food materials, which may lure, entice, or attract deer as an aid in hunting. Baiting is illegal in the core CWD area (DMU 333) and the CWD Management Zone (DMU 419), As well as DMUs 001, 004, 060, 068, and 452. In the rest of Michigan, the following rules apply:

  • Baiting may occur only from Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.
  • Bait volume at any hunting site cannot exceed two gallons.
  • Bait dispersal must be over a minimum 10-foot by 10-foot area.
  • Bait must be scattered directly on the ground. It can be scattered by any means, including mechanical spin-cast feeders, provided that the spin-cast feeder does not distribute more than the maximum volume allowed.
  • To minimize exposure of deer to diseases that may be present, the DNR recommends not placing bait or feed repeatedly at the same point on the ground, and only baiting when actively hunting.

Feed means a substance composed of grain, mineral, salt, fruit, vegetable, hay, or other food material, that may attract deer or elk for any reason other than hunting. Feeding of any kind is illegal in the core CWD area (DMU 333), the CWD management zone (DMU 419) and DMU 487. In the rest of Michigan, the following rules apply:

  • Feed volume at any residence cannot exceed two gallons.
  • Feed may be no more than 100 yards from a residence on land owned or possessed by that person.
  • Feed must be scattered on the ground. It can be scattered by any means, including mechanical spin-cast feeders, provided that the spin-cast feeder does not distribute more than the maximum volume allowed.
  • Feed must be at least 100 yards from any area accessible to cattle, goats, sheep, new world camelids, bison, swine, horses, or captive cervidae.

Source
Phone: 517-373-2329

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Minnesota

Minnesota

Hunters are not allowed to take deer with the aid or use of bait. “Taking” includes attempting to take.
Definitions
• Bait—includes grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay, or other food that is capable of attracting or enticing deer and has been placed by a person.
• Baiting—means placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering bait that is capable of attracting or enticing deer.
What is bait? Liquid scents (example: doe in heat), sprays, salt, and minerals are not bait if they do not contain liquid or solid food products.
Read the ingredient label on all products prior to use. Many products, including newer liquid, powder and block forms, contain food or attractants such as grains, fruits, and sugar derivatives (glucose, dextrose, and fructose). If a salt or mineral product has anything other than salt or mineral in it, it is illegal to use for hunting.
A person otherwise in compliance with this section who is hunting on private or public property that is adjacent to the property where bait or food is present is not in violation if the person has not participated in, been involved with, or agreed to baiting or feeding wildlife on the adjacent property.
Removal of bait—All bait must be completely removed for 10 days prior to hunting. (pg 72)

A person may not prevent or disrupt another person from taking or preparing to take a wild animal. A person may not disturb wild animals with the intent to prevent or disrupt another person from hunting. Placing bait for the purpose of preventing or disrupting another person from lawfully hunting deer would be considered unlawful under the hunter harassment laws. (pg 29)

Source
Phone: 888-646-6367

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Mississippi

Mississippi

Hunting on National Forests in MS: Baiting and hunting over baited areas to attract wildlife is not allowed on national forest lands. No food plots may be placed on national forest land except by official personnel. (pg 30)

General Hunting Regulations: It is illegal to hunt any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of live decoys or bait. Liquid scents may be used. (pg 34)

Source
Phone: 601-432-2400

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Missouri

Missouri

Migratory birds, turkey, and deer may not be hunted with the aid of bait. An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of the bait. It is legal, however, to hunt over food plots (pg 13)

Source
Phone: 573-751-4115

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Montana

Montana

It is illegal for anyone to hunt or attempt to hunt by the aid of or with the use of any bait, salt lick,
trap, snare or set gun.
Baiting shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of food sources or salt so as to constitute a lure or attraction. (pg 15)
Source
Phone: 406-444-2452

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Nebraska

Nebraska

It is illegal to establish a baited area from 10 days before the opening of any big game or turkey season and throughout those entire seasons for the purposes of taking big game or turkey. An area within 200 yards of bait is considered baited for 10 days following the removal of all bait. The hunter and the animal must be outside of a baited area. (pg 46)
Source
Phone: 402-471-5442

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Nevada

Nevada

A person may not bait big game mammals for the purpose of hunting; or knowingly hunt big game mammals that were baited by another person. Bait means the intentional placing, exposing, depositing, disturbing or scattering of salt, minerals, grain or any other food material, whether natural or manufactured, that could attract, entice or lure wildlife to an area. (pg 12)
Source
Phone: 775-688-1500

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

In addition to all other applicable baiting rules, the following rules apply to baiting for deer (for
deer baiting season dates, see page 18):
• No person, except a licensed N.H. Hunting Guide, shall place bait for the purpose of attracting and taking deer at more than 2 bait sites statewide.
• No person shall place bait for the purpose of attracting and taking deer prior to the opening of the deer baiting season.
• Persons holding a Disabled Veteran License or Paraplegic License may bait deer from September 15 through December 15, statewide. (pg 11)

A baiting permit is required for any bait site. Baiting permit applications (no fee) are available
at any Fish and Game office or online at huntnh.com/licensing/forms.html. Applications
for permits to bait wildlife on private property must be signed by the private landowner. No bait shall be placed until two copies of the bait permit and map have been submitted to the Wildlife Division at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. No bait may be placed from April 15 through August 31 (dates inclusive). Bait may not be placed at any site until the baiting season for that species is open. (pg 10)

There are many more regulations regarding bait that you should read on page 10 of the New Hampshire Hunting Digest.
Phone: 603-271-3127

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New Jersey

New Jersey

Baiting is allowed for deer hunting. Hunters may hunt for deer while in a tree, on the ground or in a structure and from any height and any distance from the bait pile. Hunters should check with the landowner or administrative agency before placing bait on their hunting area as baiting is not allowed on properties such as national wildlife refuges. (pg 34)

Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.2, no person shall kill, destroy, injure, shoot, shoot at, take, wound, or
attempt to take, kill or wound a game bird or game animal, or have in possession or control any firearm or other weapon of any kind, while elevated in a standing tree *(see below), or in a structure of any kind within 300 feet of a baited area.
Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.3, a "baited area" shall mean the presence of placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered agricultural products, salt, or other edible lure whatsoever capable of attracting or enticing such birds or animals.
Growing and unharvested crops shall not be considered baiting or feeding game birds or game animals.
*Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.4, the above restriction does NOT apply to deer hunting. Hunters targeting deer while elevated in a standing tree or in a structure of any kind may be within any distance of a baited area. (pg 26)

Specifically Prohibited: On national wildlife refuges, the distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait. Also, no Sunday hunting on these lands.
In the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area... Baiting is prohibited. (pg 29)

The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 61. (pg 44)
The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 66. (pg 46)

Source
Phone: 609-259-2120

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New Mexico

New Mexico

It is unlawful to... Take or attempt to take game species by the aid of baiting or scenting. Knowingly take or attempt to take game species in a baited or scented area, except quail on private land. Individuals may use scent-masking agents on their person, but these agents may not be used to attract game species (pg 16)
Source
Phone: 1-888-248-6866

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New York

New York

It is illegal to hunt with the aid of bait or over any baited area when hunting big game,
upland game birds, turkey or waterfowl. (pg 16)

In addition to the general hunting regulations for manner of take listed on page 16, it is unlawful
to hunt big game with: The aid of a pre-established bait pile. (pg 18)

Feeding deer is illegal year round. Deer can become sick or die from being artificially fed because their stomach is not used to unnatural food. Concentrating deer around food sources can also spread diseases like CWD. (pg 22)
Source
Phone: 518-402-8883

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North Carolina

North Carolina

It is unlawful to place processed food products as bait in any area of the state with an established season for taking black bears. Processed food products or any food substance or flavoring that has been modified by the addition of ingredients or by treatment to modify its chemical composition or form or to enhance its aroma or taste. This includes: food products enhanced by sugar, honey, syrups, oils, salts, spices, peanut butter, grease, meat, bones, or blood; candies, pastries, gum, and sugar blocks; and extracts of such products.
The placement of commercially available mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting or feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state, except on game lands.
Source
Phone: 919-707-0030

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North Dakota

North Dakota

It is unlawful for an individual to hunt big game over bait in deer hunting units 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. Hunting big game over bait on all Department wildlife management areas is prohibited. Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of bait(s) for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting. Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other natural or manufactured foods. The designation does not apply to the use of scents and lures, water, food plots, standing crops or livestock feeds used in standard practices.
Hunting over bait is also not allowed on all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas; U.S. Forest Service national grasslands; and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands. (pg 2)

Source
Phone: 701-328-6300

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Ohio

Ohio

A Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) designation will remain in effect for a minimum of three years and the following regulations apply:
-prohibits the placement of or use of bait (salt, minerals, or any food) to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;
-prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of bait within the DSA boundaries
-Normal agricultural activities, including feeding of domestic animals; as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants, and agriculture crops are not prohibited. (pg 9)

A DEER HUNTER CAN DO THE FOLLOWING: Hunt deer over bait, except on public land
and in the Disease Surveillance Area (pg 10)

Source
Phone: 614-265-6300

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Baiting is prohibited in the Oklahoma Land Access Program. (pg 40)

DEPARTMENT-MANAGED AREA RULES:
It shall be unlawful to place and/or hunt over bait on lands owned or managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, including Corps lands, see U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lands on page 44. “Bait” shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain or other feed. (pg 42)

BAITING ON ODWC OWNED AND/OR MANAGED LANDS:
*Legal Examples: *
-Salt or mineral blocks
-Commercial scents such as doe in estrous
*Illegal Examples: *
-Salt or mineral blocks containing corn, oats or other grain or feed
-Feed products such as cattle cubes or sweet feed
-Fruits or vegetables such as apples or potatoes
-Gathering naturally occurring food sources (such as acorns) into a pile (pg 43)

Source
Phone: 405-521-3852

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Oregon

Oregon

“Bait” for hunting game mammals means any substance placed to attract an animal by its sense of smell or taste, including, but not limited to, food items or minerals (such as salt). Applying a scent or attractant to one’s body or clothing while worn is not baiting. (pg 94)

The use of bait for hunting game mammals is prohibited on North Bank Habitat Management Area. (pg 109)

Source
Phone: 503-947-6301

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Baiting is allowed in the Southeast Special Regulations Area by permit only. Elsewhere in the state, it is unlawful to hunt in or around any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt, chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used, or have been used within the past 30 days, as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless of the type or quantity. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the hunting area has not been baited before they begin hunting. They should physically inspect the area and question landowners, guides and caretakers. This section does not pertain to hunting near areas where accepted farming or habitat-management practices are taking place (example: hunting near food plots on game lands is legal). Any natural or manmade nonliving bait can be used to attract coyotes for hunting or trapping.
Decoys simulating food – such as artificial corn to attract turkeys or waterfowl – are considered artificial bait and are illegal. Electronic decoys are illegal, unless permitted by exception as outlined in the Electronic Devices section below. The use of living decoys is
prohibited for all hunting and trapping. (pg 15)

The Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area (DEWA) is a unit of the NPS. Trapping, hunting over bait, hunting in standing unharvested crops, Sunday hunting and spotlighting are prohibited. (pg 19)

Baiting for deer without a permit is not permitted on private lands in the Southeast Special Regulations Areas.
A permit has been created that allows private-property owners in the southeastern special regulations areas limited opportunities to use bait while deer hunting. Baiting already is allowed in the special regulations areas on properties enrolled in the agency’s Deer Depredation Program, commonly called the “Red Tag” program. Through the use of permitted baiting, there is the potential for higher deer harvests in an area where there is high potential for human-deer conflicts, and where hunting access is extremely limited. Baiting must be limited to shelled corn and protein pellet supplements, not to exceed five gallons per site, and distributed through automatic mechanical feeders set to dispense bait up to three times a day during legal hunting hours. The permit is free, and a landowner or authorized land agent who possesses a valid hunting license can apply. For more information, visit www.pgc.pa.gov. (pg 39)

Source
Phone: 717-783-6527

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Feeding and baiting wildlife in the state of Rhode Island is not permitted at any time for any purposes except as defined in RIHR 9.17.L (pg 4)

Prohibited Deer Hunting Activities: Feeding or baiting: the act of using, placing, giving, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering any material, or any act to maintain the availability of such material that attracts deer to feed on such material. (pg 13)
Source

No person shall feed cervids at any time in the state of Rhode Island except:
-Under a license or permit issued by the Department pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 20-1-18 for bona fide scientific research;
-By planting, cultivating, or harvesting of crops directly associated with bona fide agricultural practices, including planted wildlife food plots;
-By distribution of food material for livestock directly associated with bona fide agricultural practices; by distribution of food material for legally possessed captive cervid, pursuant to a permit;
-By cutting of trees or brush; or,
-Elevated bird/squirrel feeders providing seed, grain, fruit, worms, or suet for birds or squirrels located within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. (pgs 3-4)
Source
Phone: 401-789-0281

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South Carolina

South Carolina

Baiting or hunting deer over bait is permitted on private lands statewide. (pg 60)

On all WMA lands, baiting or hunting over a baited area is prohibited. As used in this section, “bait” or “baiting” means the placing, depositing, exposing, distributing, or scattering of shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain or other food stuffs to constitute an attraction, lure, or enticement to, on, or over any area. “Baited area” means an area where bait is directly or indirectly placed, deposited, exposed, distributed, or scattered and the area remains a baited area for ten (10) days following the complete removal of all bait. Salt/minerals are not considered bait. (pg 88)

Source
Phone: 803-734-4002

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South Dakota

South Dakota

No person may place any salt or salt lick or construct, occupy or use any screen, blind, scaffold or other device at or near any salt or salt lick for the purpose of enticing or baiting big game animals to the same for the purpose of hunting, watching for or killing big game.

No one may establish, utilize or maintain a bait station from Aug. 15 - Feb. 1, inclusive and from March 15 - May 31, inclusive, to attract any big game animal (including turkey). A bait station is a location where grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay, minerals (including salt) or any other natural food materials, commercial products containing natural food materials or by-products of such materials are placed or maintained as an attractant to big game animals for the purpose of hunting. The use of scents alone does not constitute a bait station. The bait station restriction does not apply to foods that have not been placed or gathered by an individual and result from normal environmental conditions or accepted farming, forest management, wildlife food plantings, orchard management or similar land management activities. Individuals are exempt from the bait station requirements while participating in any research or depredation management activities directed by GFP.

No person may establish, utilize or maintain a bait station on lands owned by the GFP and on properties managed and classified by GFP as Game Production Areas, State Parks, State Recreation Areas, State Lakeside Use Areas, State Nature Areas or State Water Access Areas. Additionally, the distribution of bait and hunting over bait is prohibited on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA’s). (pg 33)

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Phone: 605-223-7660

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Tennessee

Tennessee

No person shall make use of bait to take wildlife unless the bait has been removed and any electronic feeder disabled at least 10 days prior to hunting. (pg 14)

Baiting: The placement or depositing of any type of food to feed or attract wildlife on WMAs, PHAs, and Refuges is prohibited. (pg 36)

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Phone: 615-781-6580

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Texas

Bait: Minerals, vegetative material, or any other food substance placed to lure any wildlife resource. (pg 54)

Baiting for game animals, nongame animals, and game birds is lawful on private property, except for turkey in certain East Texas counties and migratory game birds statewide (pg 59)

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Phone: 512-389-4505

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Utah

Utah

There is no information on feeding or baiting deer in this years regulations.

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Phone: 801-538-4889

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Vermont

Vermont

The following means of taking big game are not allowed: baiting, snares, traps, salt licks, jacks or other lights. (pg 24)

It is illegal to hunt or take any wild animal by using bait during any deer hunting season, except that trappers may use bait in taking furbearers. Bait is defined as any animal, vegetable, fruit or mineral matter placed with the intention of attracting wildlife. Artificial scents and lures are legal, provided they are not designed to be consumed by eating or licking. Deer lures containing any cervid urine, blood, gland oil, feces, or other bodily fluids, are illegal to use in Vermont. (pg 25)

It is illegal to take deer by using bait with the following exceptions:
• Incidental feeding of wildlife within active livestock operations;
• Standing crops planted and left standing as food plots for wildlife;
• Grain or other feed scattered or distributed solely as a result of normal agricultural, gardening, or soil stabilization, and logging practices; and
• Vegetation or food/seed naturally deposited.

It is illegal to feed wild deer at any time except:
• Under a license or permit issued by Fish & Wildlife for scientific research, mitigation of wildlife damage or nuisance problems, or wildlife population reduction programs;
• By planting, cultivating or harvesting of crops directly associated with agricultural practices, including planted wildlife food plots. (pg 26)

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Phone: 802-583-7186

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Virginia

Virginia

Bait shall mean any food, grain, or other consumable substance that could serve as a lure or attractant; however, crops grown for normal or accepted agriculture or wildlife management purposes, including food plots, shall not be considered as bait. (pg 14)

It is unlawful too... Occupy any baited blind or other baited place for the purpose of taking or attempting to take any wild game bird or wild game animal or to put out bait or salt for the purpose of taking or killing any wild game bird or wild game animal, except for the purpose of trapping furbearing animals. (pg 20)

DO NOT FEED DEER OR ELK
Department regulation makes it illegal to place or distribute food, salt, or minerals to feed or attract deer or elk:
-from September 1 through first Saturday in January statewide.
-year-round in Buchanan, Clarke, Dickenson, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, and Wise counties (including the cities and towns within).
-in any city, town, or county during any deer or elk hunting season
-Nor, upon written notification by Department personnel, shall any person continue to place or distribute any food, salt, mineral or similar substances for any purpose if the placement of these materials results in the attraction of and/or feeding of deer. No part of this regulation shall be construed to restrict bonafide agronomic plantings (including wildlife food plots) or distribution of food to livestock. (pg 40)

Feeding of deer is prohibited year-round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, and the city of Winchester (pg 41)

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Phone: 804-829-6580

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Washington

Washington

"Bait" is any substance that could serve as a lure, food, or attraction for deer or elk. Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful to hunt for deer and elk using any type of bait placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, scattered, or otherwise used for the purpose of attracting deer or elk with the intent to hunt them, if the volume of bait accessible to wildlife exceeds 10 gallons. Bait sites of an individual license holder cannot be placed within 200 yards from another known bait site or another bait site of the same license holder.

Exceptions:
Hunting on or over the following is not considered an unlawful use of bait while hunting deer or elk:
• Locally common agricultural and ranching practices including salt or mineral distribution, and feeding;
• Food that is available from undisturbed wild, volunteer, or planted vegetation; including fruit trees, orchards, vineyards, and food plots;
• Scents used for cover and attractant that are not consumed by animals;
• Naturally occurring mineral deposits; or
• As authorized by a department permit issued to address a management objective.
• Exceptions do not include accidental or intentional spills, dumping, or storage of agricultural produce, feed, or bait. (pg 84)

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Phone: 360-902-2936

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West Virginia

West Virginia

It is illegal to:
-catch, kill, or attempt to do so by seine, net, bait, trap, deadfall, snare, or like device, any bear, game bird, protected bird or mammal, or wild boar.
-bait or feed any wildlife on public land between September 1 and December 31 and during the spring gobbler seasons. (pg 3)

Feeding and baiting of wildlife, and use of ATVs are not permitted on National Park Service property (pg 8)

DEFINITIONS
-Bait: any feed or edible enticement.
-Baiting: the direct or indirect placing or exposing of bait so as to attract or entice wildlife to an area where hunters are attempting to take them. An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after bait is removed. (pg 9)

It is illegal to bait or feed any wildlife on public land between September 1 and December 31 and during the spring gobbler seasons. It is also illegal to bait or feed at any time on Beech Fork Lake, Bluestone Lake, Burnsville Lake and McClintic WMAs and on Coopers Rock and Calvin Price State Forests (pg 11)

WEST VIRGINIA CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CONTAINMENT AREA
-Includes all of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties.
-It is illegal to bait or feed cervids or other wildlife in a “Containment Area” as determined by the Director and established for the management, control or eradication of chronic wasting disease or other wildlife diseases. Song and insectivorous birds may be fed, provided that such feeding shall not cause, or be done in a manner that would be reasonably anticipated to cause a congregation of cervids or other wildlife. Provided further, that captive cervids may be fed inside cervid facilities permitted by the state Department of Agriculture. (pg 13)

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Phone: 304-558-2784

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

The regulations pertaining to baiting and feeding are divided into two parts of the state:
• Those counties where baiting and feeding deer is prohibited.
• Those counties where baiting and feeding of deer is allowed with a two-gallon limit

In 2017, most CWD-affected counties will continue to implement baiting and feeding bans. However, recent rules limit the amount of time baiting and feeding are prohibited following a positive test for CWD or TB. For a current map of counties in which baiting and feeding is still prohibited, visit dnr.wi.gov and search “baiting and feeding.” Check this page frequently, as baiting and feeding bans will renew with each positive CWD/TB test result. In all other areas, baiting and feeding restrictions and regulations listed on pages 29 - 31 still apply.

COUNTIES WHERE BAITING AND FEEDING IS NOT ALLOWED
See map at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/bait.html for current map.
As of 10-14-17 feeding/baiting is prohibited in the following counties:
-Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Oconto, Menominee, Shawano, Marathon, Eau Claire, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Columbia, Dane, Lafayette, Green, Rock, Jefferson, Waukesha, Walworth.

COUNTIES WHERE BAITING AND FEEDING IS ALLOWED
-Bait may be spread out or divided into more than one pile as long as the total amount of bait or feed material is not more than two gallons per 40 acres or less.
-It is illegal to:
• place a baiting site within 100 yards of another baiting site;
• hunt within 100 yards of more than two gallons of bait on the same parcel of land;
• place a baiting site within 50 yards of any trail, road or campsite used by the public
• place, use or hunt over bait or feed for hunting purposes during the closed deer season,
except bait may be placed starting the day prior to the archery deer season opener.
In 2017, bait may be placed for deer hunting starting at 12 a.m. on September 15.
Baiting must stop at the close of all deer seasons;
• hunt over bait or a feeding site that is in violation of these regulations unless the area
is completely free of bait or feed material for at least 10 consecutive days prior to
hunting, pursuing animals or dog training. (pgs 28-30)

There are many more regulations that you should read in the 2017 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations Handbook or on the WI DNR website. Regulations may change at any time.

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Phone: 888-936-7463

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Wyoming

Wyoming

No person shall take any big game animal over, or by the use of bait, except as follows: any legally blind person, person confined to a wheelchair, person hunting with a permit issued pursuant to W. S. § 23-3-304 (d)(iv) or any person hunting with a license issued pursuant to W. S. § 23-1-705 (j) may place a bait for big game or take a big game animal by the use of bait. (pg 5)

It is illegal to... Place any bait for the purpose of taking a big game animal or knowingly take a big game animal by the use of bait, except as authorized by Commission regulation or state statute. (pg 11)

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Phone: 307-777-4600