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2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer

This list contains excerpts from published state regulation guides on feeding and/or baiting deer. Often we include our interpretation of whether mineral supplements, such as Lucky Buck Mineral, are legal during the spring and summer growing 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 10-03-2015.

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Alabama

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Alabama

"For the 2013-14 deer hunting season, 220-2-.157 of Alabama’s Game, Fish, Furbearers, and Other Wildlife Regulations provided a rebuttable presumption that any feed located beyond 100 yards and out of the hunters sight would not be considered within the 'area' being hunted defined “area” as within 100 yards and line of sight of the hunter. This allowed deer managers to continue to use supplemental feed during deer season and still hunt the property as long as the feed was beyond 100 yards and not within the hunter’s line of sight, with “not within the line of sight” being defined as hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features. Hunting with the aid of bait is still illegal, but a clearer definition of “area” is now in place." (pgs 8,10)

Regarding National Forest Lands: "No placing, leaving , depositing any food, bait, or refuse in a manner likely to attract or concentrate any wildlife..." (pg 6)

Source
Phone: 602-942-3000

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Arizona

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Arizona

On National Wildlife Refuges, "permanent blinds and stands; trail or scouting cameras; and baiting are prohibited." (pg 96)
Feeding or baiting of wildlife is prohibited on Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands. (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 106)
Source
Phone: 602-942-3000

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Arkansas

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Arkansas

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. (pg 21)

  • Hunters may bait deer on private land.
  • Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.

Source
Phone: 800-440-1477

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Colorado

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Colorado

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)
Source
Phone: 303-297-1192

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Connecticut

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Connecticut

Legal to feed deer out of hunting season. Legal to use Lucky Buck Mineral Supplement during hunting season only on private land in zones 11 and 12. Any bait designed for consumption is illegal in zones 1 to 10 and on all public land. Scent attractants are legal.
"Any food, mineral, or chemical product designed to be eaten by deer is considered bait." pg 22
Source
Phone: 860-424-3000

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Delaware

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Delaware

"Baiting: It is lawful to distribute and hunt over bait while hunting deer on privately owned lands only." pg 20
Source
Phone: 302-739-9912

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Florida

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Florida

"Taking game on lands...upon which corn, wheat, grain, food or other substances have been deposited by means other than normal agricultural harvesting or planting is prohibited, except--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 resident game." (pg 20)
Source
Phone: 850-488-4676 or 386-758-0525

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Georgia

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Georgia

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.
"Bait" means corn, wheat, or other grains, salts, apples, or 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.
A site is considered baited for a period of 10 days following complete removal of all bait. (pg 30)
Source
Phone: 912-685-2145

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Idaho

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Idaho

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)
Source
Phone: 208-334-3700

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Illinois

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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. (pg 11)
“Bait” means any material, whether liquid or solid, including food, salt, minerals and other products that can be ingested, placed or scattered in such a manner as to attract or lure white-tailed deer. “Baiting” means the placement or scattering of bait to attract deer. (pg 15)

Source
Phone: 217-782-6431

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Indiana

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Indiana

"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 25)
Source
Phone: 317-232-4080

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Iowa

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Iowa

Not legal to bait 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)
Interpretation: Use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted.
Source
Phone: 515-281-5918

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Kansas

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Kansas

Use of mineral supplements during the spring and summer growing season appears to be aloud with the exception of 10 days prior to hunting on public lands. (pg 6)
Source
Phone: 785-296-2281

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Kentucky

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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."
Interpretation: Baiting is aloud on private lands. More importantly the use of mineral supplements such as Lucky Buck are legal to use year-round on private land but must be removed 30 days prior to hunting on public land.
Source
Phone: 800-858-1549

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Louisiana

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Louisiana

"Baiting or hunting over bait is prohibited on all WMAs. Bait is defined as any substance used to attract game via ingestion." (pg 61)
Interpretation: Use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted except during hunting seasons on public lands only.
Source
Phone: 318-371-3049

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Maine

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Maine

"Placing bait or hunting over bait to entice deer is prohibited from September 12, 2015 through December 12, 2015 for the entire State when there is any open season on deer." (pg 14)
Source
Phone: 207-287-8000

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Maryland

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Maryland

"Baiting deer is legal, except on State-owned or State-controlled properties, or areas where it is specifically prohibited due to Chronic Wasting Disease..." (pg 30)
There is a CWD Management Area defined as "that section of Allegany County with the Private Land Code number of 233." (pg 31)
Source - 22 Mb
Phone: 410-260-8367

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Massachusetts

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 archery deer season." (pg 38)
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Phone: 508-389-6326

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Michigan

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Michigan

Bait: Grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay,
or other food materials, which may lure, entice, or attract deer as an aid in hunting.
Baiting illegal in Alpena, Alcona, Clinton, Ingham, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Shiawassee counties.
• Baiting may occur only from 09/15 - 01/01.
• Cannot exceed 2 gallons.
• Bait dispersal must be across a min. 10' by 10' area per hunting location.
• Must be scattered directly on the ground.

Source
Phone: 517-373-2329

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Minnesota

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Minnesota

Legal to feed deer. Bait must be completely removed 10 days prior to hunting. Lucky Buck Mineral IS CONSIDERED BAIT because it contains an apple flavoring. However it appears to be legal during the growing season outside of hunting. (pg 73)

NOTICEPlacing 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

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Mississippi

Lawful to feed wild animals year round on private lands subject to the following:
1. Feed only from above ground covered or stationary spin cast feeders.
2. Any feed product may be used.
3. Feed no closer than 100 yards from outermost boundary of an area of sole ownership or exclusive hunting rights.
4. Feed not to be placed directly on ground.
5. Salt/mineral stations, blocks, or licks containing no grain products may be established.
6. From 2/15 – 9/30 milo, grain sorghum, and/or wheat may be evenly broadcast not to exceed 50 lbs per acre.
DURING HUNTING SEASON:
1. From opening day of deer archery season to close of spring turkey season, hunters must be 100 yards away from and not within line of sight of feed.
2. Within line of sight: hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.
3. Feeding sites may not be hunted for 10 days following complete removal of all feed."
Source
Phone: 601-432-2400

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Missouri

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Missouri

Use of bait (grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to attract deer) while hunting is illegal.
Area considered baited for 10 days after complete removal of bait.
Illegal to place bait in a way that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule.
Doe urine and other scents may be used to attract deer while hunting, as long as the scents are not used on or with grain and other food products.
Mineral blocks, including salt, are not considered bait unless it contains grain or other food additives.
It is legal to hunt over a harvested crop field, but it is not legal to add grain or other crops, such as apples, to the field after it has been harvested.
Manipulating crops, such as mowing or knocking them down, is not considered baiting for deer and turkeys.
Additional rules apply in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Zone: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Knox, Linn, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, or Sullivan counties.

Source
Phone: 573-751-4115

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Montana

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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.
Motion-Tracking and/or Camera Devices
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 13)
Source
Phone: 406-444-2452

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Nebraska

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 a baited area. For the 2015 fall/winter hunting season, the baiting prohibition period is August 5, 2015 - January 31, 2016. (pg 45)
Source
Phone: 402-471-5442

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Nevada

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Nevada

A person shall not:
(a) Bait big game mammals for the purpose of hunting; or
(b) Knowingly hunt big game mammals that were baited by another person.
For the purposes of this section, “bait” means the intentional placing, exposing, depositing, distributing 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 for the purpose of hunting. (pg 12)
Source - 8.6MB
Phone: 775-688-1500

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New Hampshire

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | New Hampshire

Baiting

  • 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 have more than 2 active bait sites statewide.
  • Applications for baiting permits on private land must be received by the Department by October 1.
  • The permittee must post a 3" x 6" durable sign at the site with the name and address of the permittee and up to 2 subpermittees. These 3 individuals are the only persons allowed to hunt with aid of the bait site.
  • Bait may not be placed less than 300 feet from a dwelling, public roadway, pathway, or trail.

There are many more regulations regarding bait that you should read here (12.16MB).
Phone: 603-271-3127

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New Jersey

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 (or in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area). (pg 32)
Source - 21.79MB
Phone: 609-259-2120

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New Mexico

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 18)
Illegal to feed wild deer (pg 34)
Source - 21MB
Phone: 518-402-8883

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North Carolina

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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. (pg 55)

Source - 3.2MB
Phone: 919-707-0030

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North Dakota

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 1.86MB
Phone: 701-328-6300

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Ohio

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Ohio

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.
Source - 4.94MB
Phone: 614-265-6300

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Oklahoma

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Oklahoma

"It shall be unlawful to place and/or hunt over bait on lands owned or managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. “Bait” shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain or other feed." (pg 37)

Mineral supplements are legal to use year round on public or private land as long as it doesn't contain grain products. (pg 38)
Source - 24.21MB
Phone: 405-521-3852

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Oregon

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Oregon

The use of bait is prohibited in the North Bank Management Habitat Area. (pg 83) This includes salt and minerals. (pg 71)

Interpretation: It appears that the use of mineral supplements during the growing season is aloud with the exception of the NBMH area.
Source - 7.46MB
Phone: 503-947-6301

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Pennsylvania

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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. Bait cannot be visible from the air when trapping. (pg 17)

Baiting for deer without a permit is not permitted on private lands in the Southeast Special Regulations Areas. (pg 41)

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.state.pa.us (pg 41)

Source
Phone: 717-783-6527

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Rhode Island

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Rhode Island

Feeding/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 wildlife to feed on such material. (pg 4)

Feeding and baiting wildlife in the state of Rhode Island is not permitted at any time for any purposes except: (pgs 41-42)

  • Under a license or permit issued by the Department pursuant to RI General 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 wildlife, 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.
  • The placement or use of carcasses or meat parts thereof is allowed on private property for the purposes of hunting coyotes. The placement or use of carcasses or meat parts thereof is prohibited for purposes of hunting coyotes on state lands.
  • The leaving out of food of any kind where accessible to wildlife is prohibited.
  • For baiting of furbearers as associated with legal trapping activities in accordance with Part VII of these regulations.

Source
Phone: 401-789-0281

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South Carolina

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 72)

Source - 17.72MB
Phone: 803-734-4002

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South Dakota

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | South Dakota

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.

Source
Phone: 605-223-7660

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Tennessee

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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 16)
"The placement or depositing of any type of food to feed or attract wildlife on WMAs is prohibited." (pg 38)
Interpretation: It appears that the use of mineral supplements is acceptable throughout the growing season on private land only.
Source - 21.97MB
Phone: 615-781-6580

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Texas

"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."

Source
Phone: 512-389-4505

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Utah

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Utah

There is no information on feeding or baiting deer in this years regulations.
Interpretation: It appears to be legal to use mineral supplements year round.
Source - 5.2MB
Phone: 801-538-4889

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Vermont

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Vermont

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, or any scent placed on clothing for the purposes of providing cover scent, 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. (pg 26)

Source - 42.17MB
Phone: 802-583-7186

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Virginia

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Virginia

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 23)

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 3 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 42)

Source - 26MB
Phone: 804-829-6580

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Washington

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Washington

There does not appear to be any restrictions concerning baiting or feeding deer.

Source - 7.75MB
Phone: 360-902-2936

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West Virginia

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | West Virginia

It is illegal to... 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 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 12)

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 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 12)

Source - 4.91MB
Phone: 304-558-2784

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Wisconsin

2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Wisconsin

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, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Polk, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, Vernon, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood. See Baiting and Feeding map on page 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.

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. For more information on recommended uses of scents as they pertain to CWD, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search “CWD.”
  • 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 DNRmanaged 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 2015, bait may be placed for deer hunting starting at 12:00 a.m. on September 11. 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.

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2015 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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.

The Department may issue baiting permits to landowners for specific sites on private land where the baiting of big game animals will be allowed during open hunting seasons as prescribed by Commission regulation. Before issuing a permit, the Department shall determine that conditions exist which are limiting the ability to take big game animals on a specific parcel of private land for the purpose of addressing damage to private property, human safety, disease issues or population management.

To see detailed regulations about the bait permits see source below.

Interpretation: Use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted.

General Deer Regulation Source
Bait Permit Source
Phone: 307-777-4600