2016 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 10-18-2016.
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According to Alabama law, it is illegal to hunt game in any area where baiting/feeding serves as a lure or attractant to game. However, when hunting deer or feral swine on private lands only, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards and not within the line of sight of the hunter, is not a lure or attractant on the area where the hunter is attempting to take deer or feral swine.
“Not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or terrain features. (pg 25)
It is illegal to hunt any area where baiting/feeding has occurred until 10 days after all bait/feed has been removed or consumed. (pg 48)
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 based products produced for the livestock industry, to aid in the taking of big game is unlawful. (pg 104)
Baiting is the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve to lure or attract wildlife to, on or over an area where hunters are attempting to take them. An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of bait.
-Hunters may bait deer on private land.
-Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.
It is against the law to bait to hunt bear, deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. Bait means to put, expose, distribute or scatter salt, minerals, grain, animal parts or other food as an attraction for big game. (pg 17)
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 is prohibited. 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)
It is lawful to distribute and hunt over bait while hunting deer on privately owned lands only.
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.
- The intentional placement of feed or garbage in a manner that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance by attracting foxes, coyotes or raccoons is prohibited. 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 or sandhill cranes is prohibited. Source Phone: 850-488-4676 or 386-758-0525
Bait definition: 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 25) Source Phone: 912-685-2145
It is unlawful to: "Hunt any game animal by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for the black bear baiting permit... Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except liquid scent for deer and elk." (pg 96)
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. (pg 9)
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. (pg 24)
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 food placed during normal agricultural activities. (pg 22)
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 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)
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 65)
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 42)
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.) (pg 13)
Bait means an animal or plant or a part of an animal or plant used to attract wild animals for the purpose of hunting. (pg 7)
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)
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. (pg 39)
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.
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)
Hunters are not allowed to take deer with the aid or use of bait.
- 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.
- All bait must be completely removed for ten days prior to hunting. (pg 73)
It is illegal to hunt or trap any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of bait. Liquid scents may be used.
It shall be lawful to feed wild animals, year round, on private lands subject to the following restrictions:
- Feed may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast feeders.
- Any type of feed or food product may be used in feeders
- Feeders may be placed no closer than 100 yards from the outermost boundary of an area of sole ownership or exclusive hunting rights.
- Feed may not be poured, piled, or placed directly on the ground.
- Salt/mineral stations, blocks, and/or licks may be established. These stations, blocks, and/or licks may not contain any corn or grain products.
- From February 15 – September 30, milo, grain sorghum, and/or wheat may be evenly broadcast at a rate not to exceed 50 pounds per acre.
- From the opening day of deer archery season to the close of the spring turkey season, hunters must be no less than 100 yards away from any feed, or a feeder which contains feed.
- A permit is available to photographers and for camera surveys at no cost. The permit shall be for a specific property for a period of not more than 21 consecutive days.
Use of bait — which includes grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to attract deer or turkeys — while hunting is illegal.
- An area is considered baited for 10 days after complete removal of the bait.
- A hunter can be in violation if they take or attempt to take a deer or turkey by the aid of bait where the hunter knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.
- It is illegal to place bait in a way that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule.
- Mineral and salt blocks are not allowed on conservation areas.
Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumable products used to attract deer are prohibited year-round within CWD Management Zone. The following exceptions are allowed:
- Feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building
- Feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer
- Feed and minerals used solely for normal agricultural, forest management, or wildlife food plot production practices
The Zone includes these counties within or that touch a radius of approximately 25 miles from where the disease has been found: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington, and Warren.
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
It is illegal for a person to possess or use in the field any electronic or camera device whose purpose is to scout the location of game animals or relay the information on a game animal’s location or movement during any Commission-adopted hunting season. (pg 15)
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 42)
A person shall 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
A baiting permit is required for any bait site.
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.
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. (pg 10)
There are many more regulations regarding bait that you should read on page 10 of the New Hampshire Hunting Digest.
On national wildlife refuges and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait is prohibited. (pg 27)
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 32)
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 (or in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area). (pg 32)
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)
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)
Do not feed wild deer. Feeding is illegal...(pg 32)
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 are any food substance or flavoring that has been modified by the addition of ingredients or by treatment tomodify 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. (pg 47)
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. (pg 56)
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)
Chronic-wasting Disease (CWD) was detected at two captive deer facilities in Holmes County in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 the ODNR Division of Wildlife established a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) in portions of Holmes and Wayne counties. The area is mapped and posted at wildohio.gov and available at district offices. A 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
Legal to feed deer or bait deer on private land only. (pg 10) Use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted.
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... “Bait” shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain or other feed. (pg 43)
Mineral supplements are legal to use year round on public or private land as long as it doesn't contain grain products. (pg 44)
“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 91)
The use of bait for hunting game mammals is prohibited on North Bank Habitat Management Area. (pg 107)
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.
Baiting for deer without a permit (see below) is not permitted on private lands in the Southeast Special Regulations Areas.
No person shall feed deer at any time in Rhode Island except:
- Under a license or permit issued by the Department of Environmental Management for scientific research.
- By planting, cultivating, or harvesting of crops directly associated with agricultural practices, including planted wildlife food plots.
- By distribution of food materials for livestock directly associated with agricultural practices.
- By distribution of food material for legally possessed captive wildlife, pursuant to a permit.
- By cutting of trees or brush.
- By elevated bird/squirrel feeders providing seed, grain, fruit, worms, or suet for birds or squirrels located within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.
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 25)
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)
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 depredation management activities directed by GFP.
No person may establish, utilize, or maintain a bait station, as defined above, on lands owned by the department and on properties managed and classified by the department as Game Production Areas, State Parks, State Recreation Areas, State Lakeside Use Areas, State Nature Areas and State Water Access Areas.
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)
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.
There is no information on feeding or baiting deer in this years regulations.
Feeding or baiting of wildlife except if otherwise authorized by law is prohibited (pg 11)
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. Natural and artificial scents and lures, provided they are not designed to be consumed by eating or licking, and they are not a product containing any cervid urine, blood, gland oil, feces, or other bodily fluids, shall not be bait.
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.
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 8)
It is unlawful to chase with dogs or hunt with dogs or to attempt to chase or hunt with dogs any wild animal from a baited site or to train dogs on any wild animal from a baited site. Furthermore, it shall be unlawful to place, distribute, or maintain bait or salt for any wild animal for the purpose of chasing with
dogs, hunting with dogs, or the training of dogs. When hunting or training with dogs a baited site will be considered to be baited for 10 days following the complete removal of all such bait or salt. (pg 18)
It is unlawful to 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 21)
Department regulation makes it illegal to place or distribute food, salt, or minerals to feed or attract deer or elk:
- from September 1 through January 7 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.
"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.
Feeding and baiting of wildlife, and use of ATVs are not permitted on NPS property (pg 8)
Definition of bait: any feed or edible enticement (pg 9)
Definition of 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)
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. (pg 12)
"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 (see pages 27, 29 and 31)." (pg 12)
"It is illegal to bait or feed cervids or other wildlife in a 'Containment Area' ..." (pg 12)
CWD CONTAINMENT AREA includes all of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson,
Mineral and Morgan counties. (pg 25)
Counties Where Baiting and Feeding is Not Allowed
Placing bait for hunting purposes is prohibited in the following counties: Adams, Barron, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Eau Claire, Forest, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Oneida, Polk, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, Vernon, Vilas, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood. (pg 28)
- In the counties listed above, no person may place, use or hunt over bait or feed material for the purpose of hunting deer or place feed for non-hunting purposes. (pg 27)
Counties Where Baiting and Feeding is Allowed
In the remainder of the state (except for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands), baiting for deer hunting purposes is allowed only under the following conditions:
- Scents which are used only to attract deer by its odor may be used for hunting deer statewide, but the scent may not be placed or deposited in a manner that makes it accessible for consumption by deer. Scents shall be removed daily at the end of hunting hours, except two ounces or less of scent do not need to be removed daily and may be placed, used or deposited in any manner for hunting deer.
- Hunting with the aid of material deposited by natural vegetation, material found solely as a result of normal agricultural or gardening practices, or with the aid of crops planted and left standing as wildlife food plots is legal. It is illegal to establish or maintain food plots/planting on DNR-managed lands.
- Each hunter may place up to two gallons of bait for each property under the same ownership, regardless of the size of the property. If the property is larger than 40 acres, then each hunter may place an additional two gallons of bait for each additional full 40 acres of contiguous land under the same ownership (parcels of land that do not touch but are separated only by a town, county or state highway are considered contiguous).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, or within 100 yards of a roadway having a posted speed limit of 45 mph or more. (Note: removal of unlawfully placed bait or feed material does not preclude the issuance of a citation for the original placement of unlawful baiting or feeding material.)
- 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 2016, bait may be placed for deer hunting starting at 12:00 a.m. on September 16. 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.
- place, use or hunt over any bait or feed material that:
- contains any animal part or animal by-product. Animal parts and by-products include honey, bones, fish, meat, solid animal fat, animal carcasses and parts of animal carcasses, but do not include liquid scents,
- is contained in or deposited by a feeder that is designed to deposit or replenish feed automatically, mechanically or by gravity,
- contains or is contained within metal, paper, plastic, glass, wood or other similar processed materials. This does not apply to scent materials.
(pgs 27 - 29) Source
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.
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