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2013 State Laws for Feeding & Baiting Deer

The below information is only our interpretation of state regulations. It is your responsibility to check with your state government for an up-to-date interpretation. This information was last collected and updated on 9-23-2013

State Regulation Contact Number
Alabama Legal to feed deer but it cannot aide your hunting. In other words you can't hunt over a bait pile but you can use bait for trail cam photos, etc. All deer bait must be removed a minimum of 10 days prior to hunting in that location. The exception is pure salt which can be bait. Cannot place any mineral or bait in National Forest areas at anytime. *NEW 2013* You can place mineral or supplemental feed during the hunting season as long as it is beyond 100 yards from your stand/blind and not within your line of site. 334-242-3465
Regulation
(pg 30)
Arizona

*NEW 2013* It is now illegal to bait while hunting. Lucky Buck and any other mineral supplement designed for deer are considered bait because they are not specifically manufactured for livestock. Pure salt or a water trough are not considered bait.

602-942-3000
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Arkansas

Hunters may bait deer on private land ONLY throughout hunting season. Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.

800-440-1477
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Colorado

Using bait is illegal to hunt bears, 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.

303-297-1192
Regulation
(pg 13)
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. 860-424-3000
Regulation
(pg 20)
Delaware Legal to feed deer. Legal to bait deer on private land only. 302-739-9912
Regulation
(pg 17)
Florida Taking game on lands where substances considered to be bait have been placed is illegal. However, there is nothing we can find that restricts the use of Lucky Buck during the growing season. 850-488-4676
386-758-0525
Regulation
(pg 22)
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Georgia Legal to place feed or mineral for deer on private property only. Not legal to hunt within sight or within 200 yards of deer bait in northern zone. Must be removed 10 days prior to hunting. Legal to feed or bait deer all year in southern zone on private land only. 912-685-2145
Regulation
(pg 26)
Idaho It is illegal to hunt deer by means of baiting. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except liquid scent for deer and elk. However use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted. Regulation
(pg 86)
Illinois NOT legal to feed or bait anything for deer, anytime of year, on public or private land. 217-782-6431
Regulation
(pg 15)
Indiana Legal to use mineral supplements, but it must be removed a minimum of 10 days prior to hunting. 317-232-4080
Regulation
(pg 20)
Iowa Not legal to bait deer. However use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted. 515-281-5918
Regulation
(pg 23)
Kansas Legal to feed and bait deer except state land. Prohibited within 100 yards on public land. Bait must be removed 10 days prior to hunting. Liquid scents and sprays are exempt. 785-296-2281
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Kentucky Illegal to bait or feed deer on public land and wildlife management areas. There do not appear to be restrictions for private land. 800-858-1549
Regulation
(pg 11)
Louisiana Illegal to use bait in wildlife management areas. However use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted. 318-371-3049
Regulation
(pg 36)
Maine Legal to feed deer but cannot hunt over or near bait. 207-287-8000
Regulation
(pg 22)
Maryland No restrictions on private land. It is legal to feed deer anything, anytime on private land with the exception of the CWD management zone in Allegany County. 410-260-8367
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Massachusetts No baiting deer during hunting seasons. Bait must be removed 10 days prior to hunting season. Legal to use Lucky Buck Mineral Supplement during the growing season. 508-389-6326
Regulation
(pg 38)
Michigan From Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. hunters may place any type of bait, no more than two gallons at a time, across a 10-foot by 10-foot area per hunting location. Recreational Feeding: Property owners may place two gallons of bait on their property within 100 yards of their residence year-round. Baiting and feeding will still be prohibited in Deer Management Unit 487 and/or in Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle Counties. 517-373-2329
Regulation
(pg 60)
Minnesota Legal to feed deer. Bait must be completely removed 10 days prior to hunting. Not legal to feed or bait within a CWD zone (deer area 602). 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. 888-646-6367
Regulation
(pg 74)
Mississippi Legal to feed deer with grain products as long as the feeders are elevated. Feeding and mineral supplments are legal all year as long as they are not hunted within line of sight. Bait must be removed 10 days prior to start of season if hunting near mineral/feed site. 601-432-2400
Regulation
(pg 34)
Missouri Legal to feed deer until 10 days prior to hunting. Then, no food sources are allowed for deer bait. Lucky Buck mineral is legal as a bait as it contains no grain products. *NEW* Due to recent CWD cases there is now a feeding ban in parts or all of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan counties. Please check with local regulatory agency before placing mineral where deer can access it in these counties. (see pg 3 of regulations) 573-751-4115
Regulation
(pg 7)
Montana It is illegal to hunt with the aid of bait, including salt. For this reason, Lucky Buck Mineral is not legal to use as bait during hunting season. Regulation
Nebraska Legal to feed deer. Cannot hunt over anything within 200 yards that was placed within 60 days. 402-471-5442
Regulation
(pg 2)
Nevada

Not legal to feed deer or bait deer.

775-688-1500
Regulation
New Hampshire Not legal to feed deer from April 15th - Sept. 1st. Legal to bait deer after Sept. 1st with anything but 100% salt, but you must have a permit if you do not own the land. You also must post a sign over bait, even if you are the property owner, identifying the bait and any hunters who have permission to hunt that bait site. This creates a problem if you want to feed Lucky Buck for improved antler growth in the spring and summer. 603-271-3127
Regulation
(pg 10)
New Jersey Legal to feed deer and bait deer, except on national wildlife refuges. 609-259-2120
Regulation
(pg 31)
New Mexico Hunting over anything that entices deer into an area is considered baiting and is illegal. Regulation
(pg 21)
New York

Not legal to feed deer or bait deer.

518-402-8883
Regulation
(pg 22)
North Carolina While many processed food products are illegal to feed or bait deer with, any "commercially available mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting and feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state except game lands." This means you can lawfully use Lucky Buck Mineral to improve the health of your North Carolina deer herd. 919-707-0030
Regulation
(pg 55)
North Dakota Private land baiting is legal except in deer hunting units 3C west of the MO River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. It is not legal on any public land. 701-328-6300
Regulation
(pg 2)
Ohio Legal to feed deer or bait deer anywhere in the state anytime on private land. 614-265-6300
Regulation
(pg 10)
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Oklahoma Legal to feed deer or bait deer anywhere in the state anytime on private land. On public land there are some limitations, but Lucky Buck Mineral is still legal to use because it contains no grain products. 405-521-3852
Regulation
(pg 98)
Oregon The use of bait is prohibited in units 21 & 23 of the North Bank Management Habitat Area. This includes salt and minerals. Regulation
(pg 98)
Pennsylvania Legal to feed or bait deer including the use of Lucky Buck Mineral up to 30 days before hunting season. Thirty days prior to hunting season and during it is considered baiting and is not legal. All residue of mineral or bait must be removed prior to hunting season. Baiting for deer is no longer permitted on private lands in the southeast special regulations areas. 717-783-6527
Regulation
(pg 10)
Rhode Island Not legal to feed deer or bait deer with anything. 401-789-0281
Regulation
(pg 40)
South Carolina Legal to use Lucky Buck any time of year. Restrictions on baiting in zones 1 & 2 have been removed effective March 2013. 803-734-4002
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South Dakota Cannot place bait or feed including minerals on public or private land from August 15th through February 1st. Supplemental feeding of minerals does not appear to be prohibited during the growing season when it is most beneficial. Regulation
(pg 1)
Tennessee It is legal to feed deer but not to bait deer from 10 days prior to season start through hunting season. The following is not listed on their website or regulations digest, but has been confirmed with a wildlife officer: A salt or mineral lick is legal to use if it is at least 51% salt and has no grain products. It is legal to use Lucky Buck for feed or bait. 615-781-6580
Regulation
(pg 14)
Texas Legal to feed or bait deer on private property with land owners permission. 512-389-4505
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Utah Legal to feed or bait deer. 801-538-4889
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Vermont It is illegal to feed or bait deer anytime of year. 802-583-7186
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Virginia It is legal to feed deer EXCEPT September 1st through January 4th. It is illegal to feed deer year-round in Buchanan, Clarke, Dickenson, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, & Wise Counties. It is never legal to hunt over bait - must be removed 10 days prior to hunting over where bait was established. If hunting with dogs an area is considered baited for 30 days following complete removal of bait. 804-829-6580
Regulation
(pg 43)
Washington There does not appear to be any restrictions concerning baiting or feeding deer. 360-902-2936
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West Virginia It is legal to feed deer anything with the exception of parts of Hardy, Hampshire, & Morgan Counties. This is a CWD containment area and it is not legal to feed or bait in this area. The rest of the state is legal to feed deer on private land anything including Lucky Buck Mineral. On public land feed/bait must be removed from September 1st - December 31st and during spring gobbler seasons. An area is considered baited for 10 days after bait is removed. 304-558-2784
Regulation
(pg 12)
Wisconsin Basically feeding and/or baiting is allowed in certain counties mostly in the north part of the state, but with a 2 gallon limit. See regulation link to the right for specific information. Wisconsin is one of the few states that gives a clear and well defined summary of its baiting regulations. 888-936-7463
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Wyoming Baiting of big game is prohibited except for hunters with certain handicaps or special licenses. However use of mineral supplements during the growing season does not appear to be restricted. 307-777-4600
Regulation
(pg 48)

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