-Hunt deer over bait, except on public land and in the Disease Surveillance Area...(pg 10)

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 sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons (check wildohio.gov or any district office for locations and specific details); prohibits the placement of or use of bait (salt, minerals, or any food) to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries; prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of bait within the DSA boundaries; and prohibits the removal of a deer killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass regulations. Normal agricultural activities, including feeding of domestic animals; as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants, and agricultural crops are not prohibited.


  • BAITED AREA means any area where shelled or unshelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed whatsoever capable of luring, attracting, or enticing game animals or birds is directly or indirectly placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered. Such area is considered a baited area for 10 days following complete removal of all such corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed.
  • BAITING means the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of shelled or unshelled corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed so as to constitute for wild turkeys, mourning doves, migratory birds, or other game animals a lure, attraction or enticement to, on or over any area where hunters are attempting to take them.

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