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. It is your responsibility to check with your state government for an up-to-date interpretation. This information was last collected and updated on 10-03-2014.
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 44) If hunting private land--"any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards and not within the line of site of the hunter, is not a lure or attractant..."(pg 20)
"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)
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.
...the use of baits and other aids in hunting or taking big game... is prohibited. (pg 10)
"Baiting" means the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of any salt, mineral, grain, or other feed so as to constitute a lure, attraction or enticement for wildlife. (pg 1)
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.
Legal to feed deer. Legal to bait deer on private land only.
"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--Resident 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 21)
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Legal to place feed or mineral for deer on private property only in Southern Deer Zone (with written permission from land owner). Not legal to hunt within sight or within 200 yards of deer bait in Northern Zone. Must be removed 10 days prior to hunting. (pg 32)
"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 98)
"It is illegal to use salt, corn or any other kind of bait. An area is considered as
baited during the presence of and for 10 consecutive days following the
removal of bait. NOTE: Feeding deer is also illegal, although there are
certain exemptions such as food plots. Consult the hunting digest for more
Late Winter/CWD Map
"It is illegal to use bait, salt... 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)
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.
"No person shall place, deposit, expose, or scatter bait while hunting or preparing to hunt on department lands or place, deposit, expose, or scatter bait in a manner that causes another person to be in violation of this regulation. Hunting shall be prohibited within 100 yards of any bait placed, deposited, exposed, or scattered on department lands. Bait shall be considered placed, deposited, exposed, or scattered on department lands for 10 days following complete removal of the bait." (pg 51)
Interpretation: Use of mineral supplements during the spring and summer growing season appears to be aloud with the exception of public lands.
"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 during the growing season on public land only and all year on private land.
"Baiting or hunting over bait is prohibited on all WMAs. Bait is defined as any substance used to attract game via ingestion." (pg 59)
Interpretation: Use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted except during hunting seasons on public lands only.
"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." (pg 19)
"Baiting deer is legal, except on State-owned or State-controlled properties, or areas where it is specifically prohibited due to Chronic Wasting Disease..."
There is a CWD Management Area defined as "that section of Allegany County with the Private Land Code number of 233."
"Baiting... deer during or within 10 days of the start of the season" is prohibited. (pg 30)
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, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties.
• Baiting may occur only from 09/15 - 01/01.
• Cannot exceed 2 gallons.
• Bait dispersal must be over a min. 10' by 10' area.
• Must be scattered directly on the ground.
Feed: Grain, mineral, salt, fruit, vegetable, hay, or
other food material, that may attract deer for any reason other than hunting.
Feeding of any kind is illegal in DMU 487.
• Volume at residence cannot exceed 2 gallons.
• Feed no more than 100 yards from a residence on land owned or
• Must be scattered on the ground.
• Must be 100 yards from any area accessible to cattle, goats, sheep,
new world camelids, bison, swine, horses or captive cervidae. (pg 61)
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.
NEW: "Permit area 602, the former chronic wasting disease (CWD) management
area in southeastern Minnesota, has been dissolved as a result of three
consecutive years of testing without a sample testing positive for CWD.
Management has reverted to former permit areas 341 and 343." (pg 65)
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." (pg 40)
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.
Additional rules apply in the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Zone. See Page 50.
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)
It is unlawful to take deer within 200 yards of a site upon which feed, feed or mineral supplement, or bait has been placed within the previous 60 days, except for an active domestic livestock operation. This does not apply to planted food plots.
"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. The term does not include:
(a) Any incidental attracting or feeding of wildlife associated with any accepted agricultural or livestock practice; or
(b) Planting crops and leaving those crops standing as food plots for wildlife." (NAC 503.149)