State Deer Baiting Regulations

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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 10-6-2018.

Alabama

MAJOR CHANGES & IMPORTANT INFORMATIONFor the 2018-2019 Seasons and Bag LimitsYou WILL Get a Ticket if You:Hunt Over Bait: Despite false information and rumors, no changes have been made to the state’s baiting law (9-11-244). The practice of hunting game animals by the aid of bait remains illegal in this state and violations of this law will continue to be enforced. AREA DEFINITION IS IN EFFECT Despite what many have heard or seen on social media, the “Baiting Bill” did not pass this year. The “Area Definition” is still in effect. Regulation 220-2- .157, “as it applies to the hunting...

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Arizona

Where, When and How Can You Hunt?National Wildlife Refuges Pits, permanent blinds and stands; trail or scouting cameras; and baiting are prohibited. (pg 96) Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument Feeding or baiting of wildlife is prohibited.   Arizona Game and Fish Commission RulesR12-4-303Unlawful Devices, Methods, and Ammunition A.2.c. Any lure, attractant, or cover scent containing any cervid urine A.4. An individual shall not use edible or ingestible substances to aid in taking big game. The use of edible or ingestible substances to aid in taking big game is unlawful when: a. An individual places edible or ingestible substances for the purpose of...

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Arkansas

Baiting Deer 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 and feed deer on private land outside of the CWD Management Zone year-round. Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas. It is unlawful to feed wildlife within the CWD Management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell...

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Colorado

HUNTING LAWSILLEGAL ACTIVITIES Hunt big game over bait, whether or not the person hunting personally placed the bait. Bait means to put, expose, distribute or scatter salt, minerals, grain, animal parts or other food as an attraction for big game. Salt or mineral blocks used for normal agricultural purposes are not considered bait. Scent sticks that smell like food are illegal for bears. (pg 14) SourcePhone: 303-297-1192

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Connecticut

DEER HUNTING PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES   Taking or attempting to take any deer with the aid of real or artificial bait in Zones 1 to 10, or on state lands in Zones 11 and 12. (Any food, mineral, or chemical product designed to be eaten by deer is considered bait.)  BAITING AND USE OF ATTRACTANTS Attractants allowed during the statewide deer hunting seasons. Deer decoys during the early and late archery seasons only. All types of scent attractants (i.e., doe in heat, buck lure, urine, tarsal glands, food smells, smoke pole) that provide no substance for deer to consume. All types...

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Delaware

GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATIONIt is Unlawful to: Use bait to hunt game, except bait may be used to hunt deer on privately-owned lands. (pg 12) DEER HUNTING SECTIONBaiting It is lawful to distribute and hunt over bait while hunting deer on privately owned lands only. (pg 20) PUBLIC LANDS HUNTING AND TRAPPING SECTIONRules for State Wildlife Areas Baiting for deer hunting is prohibited. (pg 37) SourcePhone: 302-739-9912

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Florida

TAKING GAMEProhibited methods and equipment for taking game mammals and resident game birds Placing, exposing or distributing soporific, anesthetic, tranquilizer, hypnotic or similar drugs or chemicals; preparation by baits; or by other means where game birds or game animals may be affected. (pg 15) GENERAL INFORMATIONFeeding Game 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...

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Georgia

2018-2019 MAJOR CHANGESStatewide ChangesBaiting Deer may be hunted over or near any bait on private lands in all counties. (pg 6) 2018-2019 HUNTING REGULATIONSBaiting Bait: corn, wheat, other grains, salts, apples, and other feed that has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction, or enticement to game animals or game birds. IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO: Hunt any game animal (except as noted below) or game bird upon, over, around, or near bait. Hunt any area for a period of 10 days following complete removal of all bait. Hunt any big...

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Idaho

GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATIONIt Is Unlawful...To hunt any game animal/bird by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for black bear baiting permit and gray wolf trapping (see big game rules booklet). Bait is defined as any substance including grain, salt in any form (liquid or solid), or any substance placed to attract game animals/birds, except liquid scent for deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. (pg 43) SourcePhone: 208-334-3700

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Illinois

STATEWIDE REGULATIONSFeeding Wildlife 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...

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Indiana

Deer RegulationsFair Chase 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 23) SourcePhone: 317-232-4080

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Iowa

HUNTERS: Help Fight Chronic Wasting DiseaseSTOP THE SPREADDo not use feed or salt-mineral licks to attract deer. These baited sites increase the concentration of deer, which spreads the disease. (pg 2) 2018 DEER HUNTING INFORMATIONManaging Iowa's Deer HerdTodd Bishop, chief DNR Wildlife Bureau...We are again asking hunters to report obviously sick deer to the local wildlife biologist or conservation officer and to avoid baiting and feeding that concentrates animals, making it easier for disease to spread. (pg 29) PROHIBITED DEVICES & ACTIVITIESYou may not use dogs, domestic animals, bait, radios, handguns, rifles and crossbows (except as described below), automobiles, aircraft, electronic calls...

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Kansas

  COMMON CONCERNSDeerIt 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 7) Chronic Wasting Disease Information(includes CWD map)...Baiting, feeding, and artificially concentrating deer is not advised. Infected deer will excrete as many infectious prions throughout the course of its life (urine, feces, saliva, breath,etc.) as will be accumulated in the tissues of the animal at the time of its death, and prions have been detected at mineral lick sites. (pg 23) PUBLIC HUNTINGPUBLIC LANDS AND THEIR...

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Kentucky

  GENERAL INFORMATIONPROHIBITED HUNTING METHODS 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) ELK HUNTINGBAITING Elk may not be hunted over bait on public or private lands within the elk zone. However, it is legal to hunt elk over bait outside the elk zone. (pg 18) SourcePhone: 800-858-1549

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Louisiana

  METHODS OF TAKING QUADRUPEDS & RESIDENT GAME BIRDSProhibited Activities 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 48) 2018-2019 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA) REGULATIONS Lands within WMA boundaries will have the same seasons and regulations pertaining to baiting and use of dogs as the WMA within which the lands are enclosed; however, with respect to private lands enclosed within a WMA, the owner or lessee may elect to hunt according to the regular season dates and hunting regulations applicable to the...

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Maine

LICENSE REVOCATION INFORMATIONHunting Violations with a Minimum One Year License Revocation First offense of placing or hunting over bait for deer. Minimum Mandatory Two Year Revocation of Hunting Licenses Second offense of placing or hunting over bait for deer. (pg 10) GENERAL HUNTING LAWSPLACEMENT OF BAIT As used in this section, “bait” means an animal, plant, or part thereof used to attract wild animals for the purpose of hunting. A Person Placing Bait for Hunting Purposes Must: Obtain oral or written permission from the landowner or landowner’s agent. Plainly label the bait with a 2-inch by 4-inch tag containing the...

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Massachusetts

HUNTING PROHIBITIONS Baiting migratory game birds, wild turkey, bear, or deer during or within 10 days of the start of the season. (pg 29) DEER HUNTING BAITING OF DEER is prohibited during any deer season and any bait made available to deer must be removed 10 days prior to the opening of the first day of archery deer season. Bait includes any natural or artificial substance which may be ingested that is used to entice deer. (pg 39) SourcePhone: 508-389-6326

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Minnesota

  Hunter Method Restrictions-Hunting Deer With Bait is Illegal Hunters are not allowed to take deer with the aid or use of bait. "Taking" includes attempting to take. Definitions Bait-includes grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, hay, or other food that is capable of attracting or enticing deer and has been placed by a person. Baiting-means placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering bait that is capable of attracting or enticing deer. What is bait? Liquid scents (example: doe in heat), sprays, salt, and minerals are not bait if they do not contain liquid or solid food products. Read the ingredient label on...

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Montana

Baiting It is unlawful for anyone to hunt or attempt to hunt by the aid of or with the use of any bait, salt lick, trap, snare or set gun. Baiting shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of food sources or salt so as to constitute a lure or attraction. (pg 14) SourcePhone: 406-444-2452  

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Nebraska

UNLAWFUL ACTS Hunting Over BaitIt is illegal to establish a baited area from 10 days before the opening of any biggame 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. Thehunter and the animal must be outside of a baited area. SourcePhone: 402-471-5442

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Nevada

Baiting Big Game Animals A person may not bait big game mammals for the purpose of hunting; or knowingly hunt big game mammals that were baited by another person. Bait means the intentional placing, exposing, depositing, disturbing or scattering of salt, minerals, grain or any other food material, whether natural or manufactured, that could attract, entice or lure wildlife to an area. (Refer to NAC 503.149) SourcePhone: 775-688-1500

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Mississippi

  Hunting and Recreation on National Forests in MSBAITING Baiting and hunting over baited areas to attract wildlife is not allowed on national forest lands. No food plots may be placed on national forest land except by official personnel. (pg 30) General Hunting Regulations and Requirements DECOYS AND BAIT It is illegal to hunt any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of live decoys or bait. Liquid scents may be used. Electrically operated calling or sound-reproducing devices may be used for hunting crow and nuisance animals. See MDWFP Rule 7.1 for information on baiting of nuisance animals. (pg 34)...

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Missouri

Deer Hunting RegulationsBaiting RegulationsProhibited 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...

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New Hampshire

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

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New Jersey

  Baiting Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.2, no person shall kill, destroy, injure, shoot, shoot at, take, wound, or attempt to take, kill or wound a game bird or game animal, or have in possession or control any firearm or other weapon of any kind, while elevated in a standing tree, or in a structure of any kind within 300 feet of a baited area.Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.3, a "baited area" shall mean the presence of placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered agricultural products, salt, or other edible lure whatsoever capable of attracting or enticing such birds or animals. Growing and...

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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. Hunters should be aware a baited area is considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait. Individuals may use scent-masking agents on their person, but these agents may not be used to attract game species. (pg 16) SourcePhone: 1-888-248-6866

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New York

General Hunting RegulationsManner of TakingBaiting—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 14) Big Game HuntingManner of TakingIn addition to the general hunting regulations for manner of take listed on page 14, it is unlawful to hunt big game with: • The aid of a pre-established bait pile (pg 18). Q: Why can NY stores sell deer food and salt blocks when it is illegal to use them for hunting? A: The law does not prohibit sale, it prohibits the use of deer...

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North Carolina

General Restrictions 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 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...

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North Dakota

HUNTING BIG GAME OVER BAIT It is unlawful for an individual to hunt big game over bait, or place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting, in deer hunting units 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. Placing of bait for any purpose is prohibited on all Department wildlife management areas. 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...

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Ohio

A DEER HUNTER CAN DO THE FOLLOWING:-Hunt deer over bait, except on public land and in the Disease Surveillance Area...(pg 10) CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected at captive deer facilities in Ohio. The ODNR Division of Wildlife has established a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA). DSAs are mapped and regulations are 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: requires hunters to bring deer harvested within the DSA boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for...

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Oklahoma

DEPARTMENT-MANAGED AREA RULES: Baiting: 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 42) BAITING ON ODWC OWNED AND/OR MANAGED LANDS: *Legal Examples: *-Salt or mineral blocks-Commercial scents such as doe in estrous*Illegal Examples: *-Salt or mineral blocks containing corn, oats or other grain or feed-Feed products such as cattle cubes or sweet feed-Fruits or vegetables such as apples or potatoes-Gathering naturally...

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Oregon

“Bait” for hunting game mammals means any substance placed to attract an animal by its sense of smell or taste, including, but not limited to, food items or minerals (such as salt). Applying a scent or attractant to one’s body or clothing while worn is not baiting. (pg 89) The use of bait for hunting game mammals is prohibited on North Bank Habitat Management Area. (pg 86) SourcePhone: 503-947-6301

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Pennsylvania

Update: License buyers should be aware of the following changes taking place this year.  Chronic wasting disease (CWD) continues to impact deer and deer hunting in Pennsylvania. Since last hunting season, CWD was detected in a captive-raised deer in Lancaster County, resulting in the establishment of Disease Management Area 4 (DMA 4) in parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties. Meanwhile, the boundaries of DMA 2 and DMA 3 were expanded due to new CWD-positive deer being detected. Because DMA boundaries change due to new positives, hunters are urged to visit the Game Commission’s website to be sure they’re viewing the...

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Rhode Island

  General Information: Prohibited ActivitiesFeeding and baiting wildlife in the state of Rhode Island is not permitted at any time for any purposes except as defined in RIHR 9.17.J. (pg 5) Deer Hunting: Prohibited Deer Hunting ActivitiesFeeding or baiting: the act of using, placing, giving, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering any material, or any act to maintain the availability of such material that attracts deer to feed on such material. (pg 13) The department has more specific regulations pertaining to their efforts to keep CWD out of the state, here. SourcePhone: 401-789-0281

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South Carolina

Baiting or hunting deer over bait is permitted on private lands statewide. (pg 60) SourcePhone: 803-734-4002

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South Dakota

2018 BIG GAME REGULATIONSRestrictionsNo person may place any salt or salt lick or construct, occupy or use any screen, blind, scaffold or other device at or near any salt or salt lick for the purpose of enticing or baiting big game animals to the same for the purpose of hunting, watching for or killing big game. No one may establish, utilize or maintain a bait station from Aug. 15 - Feb. 1, inclusive and from March 15 - May 31, inclusive, to attract any big game animal (including turkey). A bait station is a location where grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts,...

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Tennessee

Prohibited ActsNo 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 43) SourcePhone: 615-781-6580

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Texas

It is LEGAL to: bait for game animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds, except for Eastern turkey and migratory game birds. (Baiting is unlawful on most public property. Please check specific regulations for that public property.) SourcePhone: 512-389-4505

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Vermont

Prohibited Activities:Feeding or baiting of wildlife. (pg 12) Illegal Means of Taking The following means of taking big game are not allowed: baiting, snares, traps, salt licks, jacks or other lights...(pg 24) Baiting Deer and Deer LuresIt is illegal to hunt or take any wild animal by using bait during any deer hunting season, except that trappers may use bait in taking furbearers. Bait is defined as any animal, vegetable, fruit or mineral matter placed with the intention of attracting wildlife. Artificial scents and lures are legal, provided they are not designed to be consumed by eating or licking. Deer lures...

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Virginia

Bait shall mean any food, grain, or other consumable substance that could serve as a lure or attractant; however, crops grown for normal or accepted agriculture or wildlife management purposes, including food plots, shall not be considered as bait. (14) It is unlawful too... Occupy any baited blind or other baited place for the purpose of taking or attempting to take any wild game bird or wild game animal or to put out bait or salt for the purpose of taking or killing any wild game bird or wild game animal, except for the purpose of trapping fur-bearing animals. (pg...

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Washington

  Baiting for the purposes of hunting deer or elk (WAC 220-414-030) "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...

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Maryland

It is legal to bait deer except on state owned or state-controlled properties (pg 8).It is illegal to place bait for hunting on state lands (pg 53).ARCHERY HUNTING AT LIBERTY, LOCH RAVEN, & PRETTYBOY RESERVOIRS: It is illegal to bait for deer. (pg 63) Source Phone: 410-260-8367

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Michigan

  Bait means a substance composed of grains, minerals, salt, fruits, vegetables, hay, or other food materials, which may lure, entice, or attract deer as an aid in hunting. 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. For the 2018 hunting seasons:Baiting and Feeding is banned in the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oscoda, Ottawa and Shiawassee. Exception: Hunters with Disabilities who meet specific requirements may...

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Utah

There is no information on feeding or baiting deer in this year's regulations. SourceWildlife Diseases in UtahPhone: 801-538-4889

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West Virginia

Feeding and baiting of wildlife, and use of ATVs are not permitted on National Park Service property (pg 8) DEFINITIONS-Bait: any feed or edible enticement.-Baiting: the direct or indirect placing or exposing of bait so as to attract or entice wildlife to an area where hunters are attempting to take them. An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after bait is removed. (pg 9) It is illegal to bait or feed any wildlife on public land between September 1 and December 31 and during the spring gobbler seasons. It is also illegal to bait or feed at...

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Wisconsin

  The regulations pertaining to baiting and feeding are divided into two geographical categories: (Visit dnr.wi.gov and search ‘baiting and feeding” for additional information.) • Those counties where baiting and feeding deer is prohibited. • Those counties where baiting and feeding of deer is allowed with a two-gallon limit. Counties Where Baiting and Feeding is Not Allowed Placing bait for hunting purposes is prohibited in the shaded counties shown on the Baiting and Feeding map at dnr.wi.gov, search “baiting and feeding”. In these counties, no person may place, use or hunt over bait or feed material for the purpose of...

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Wyoming

Baiting of Big Game Animals Prohibited; Exception for Qualified Disabled Persons. No person shall take any big game animal over, or by the use of bait, except as follows: any legally blind person, person confined to a wheelchair, person hunting with a permit issued pursuant to W. S. § 23-3-304 (d) (iv) or any person hunting with a license issued pursuant to W. S. § 23-1-705 (j) may place a bait for big game or take a big game animal by the use of bait. (pg 5) It is illegal to... Place any bait for the purpose of taking a...

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