HUNTING WITH THE AID OF BAIT
The Alabama legislature has legalized hunting white-tailed deer and feral swine with the aid of bait.
- All hunters who wish to hunt white-tailed deer and feral swine with the aid of bait must purchase a required bait privilege license, including license-exempted hunters. A license-exempt hunter is anyone under the age of 16, residents 65 years or older, resident landowner and each resident family member that will hunt only on their own property. NO EXEMPTIONS.
- Hunting with the aid of bait is prohibited on public lands.
- The area definition is still in effect on private property for those who wish to supplemental feed and not hunt with the aid of bait.
- No other game animals may be hunted with the aid of bait in Alabama.
“AREA DEFINITION” REMAINS IS IN EFFECT
The 2019/2020 season marks the first time that white-tailed deer and feral swine may be hunted with the aid of bait in Alabama by those who purchase the Baiting Privilege License. However, hunting with the aid of bait is not mandatory. Those who wish to continue a supplemental feeding program may continue to hunt under the guidance of the Definition of Area Regulation (220-2-.157). This regulation states “ as it applies to the hunting of deer and feral swine, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter, is not a lure, attraction, or enticement to, on, or over the area where the hunter is attempting to kill or take the deer or feral swine. “Not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.” The area definition does not apply on any public land or to any other species.