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2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer

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 10-18-2016.

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Alabama

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Alabama

According to Alabama law, it is illegal to hunt game in any area where baiting/feeding serves as a lure or attractant to game. However, when hunting deer or feral swine on private lands only, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards and not within the line of sight of the hunter, is not a lure or attractant on the area where the hunter is attempting to take deer or feral swine.
“Not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or terrain features. (pg 25)

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 48)

Source
Phone: 602-942-3000

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Arizona

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Arizona

On National Wildlife Refuges - pits, permanent blinds and stands; trail or scouting cameras; and baiting are prohibited. (pg 96)
On Parashant National Monument - feeding or baiting of wildlife is prohibited. (pg 98)
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 104)

Source
Phone: 602-942-3000

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Arkansas

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Arkansas

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.
Source
Phone: 800-440-1477

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Colorado

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Colorado

It is against the law to bait to hunt bear, 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. (pg 17)
Source
Phone: 303-297-1192

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Connecticut

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Connecticut

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 is prohibited. Any food, mineral or chemical product designed to be eaten by deer is considered bait. (pg 26)
Where baiting of deer is permitted, it is strongly recommended that individuals consult with landowners prior to placing bait. (pg 35)

Source
Phone: 860-424-3000

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Delaware

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Delaware

It is lawful to distribute and hunt over bait while hunting deer on privately owned lands only.
Source
Phone: 302-739-9912

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Florida

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Florida

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 maintained with feed for at least six months prior to taking game.
  • The intentional placement of feed or garbage in a manner that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance by attracting foxes, coyotes or raccoons is prohibited. Placing, offering or allowing the placement of feed or garbage that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance by attracting bears is prohibited after receiving written notification from the FWC. The intentional feeding of bears or sandhill cranes is prohibited. Source Phone: 850-488-4676 or 386-758-0525
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Georgia

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Georgia

Bait definition: 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 game or feral hog over bait or place bait on any State or Federal managed lands.
  • Place bait in a manner that will cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited. Taking of any big game over bait is subject to a fine of $5,000 and/or imprisonment up to 12 months. EXCEPTIONS FOR DEER (ZONE LIMITED):
  • In Harris, Talbot, Taylor, Peach, Houston, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Washington, Jefferson and Burke Counties and all counties south of these, deer may be hunted over or near any bait on private lands provided the hunter has written permission from the landowner.
  • In Troup, Meriwether, Upson, Crawford, Bibb, Jones, Baldwin, Hancock, Glascock, Warren, McDuffie and Richmond Counties and all counties north of these, it is unlawful to hunt deer within 200 yards or within line of sight of bait. (Pg 25) Source Phone: 912-685-2145
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Idaho

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Idaho

It is unlawful to: "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 96)
Source
Phone: 208-334-3700

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Illinois

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Illinois

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 deer are excluded from the feed in and around the feeder by fencing or other barriers.
  • standing crops planted and left standing as food plots for wildlife.
  • grain or other feed scattered or distributed solely as a result of normal agricultural, gardening or soil stabilization practices.
  • standing, flooded or manipulated natural vegetation or food/seed deposited by natural vegetation.
  • grain or other feed distributed or scattered solely as the result of manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown, for purposes of dove hunting.
  • food material placed for capturing or killing wildlife pursuant to 520 ILCS 5/2.37, 2.30, and 1.3. (pg 9)

Source
Phone: 217-782-6431

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Indiana

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Indiana

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 24)

Source
Phone: 317-232-4080

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Iowa

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Iowa

You may not use dogs, domestic animals, bait, ...to hunt 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)

Source
Phone: 515-281-5918

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Kansas

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Kansas

It 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 6)

Source
Phone: 785-296-2281

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Kentucky

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Kentucky

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)

Source
Phone: 800-858-1549

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Louisiana

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Louisiana

Baiting, hunting over bait, or possession of bait is prohibited on all WMAs EXCEPT bait may be kept in a vehicle traversing a WMA road or parked on a WMA road. Bait is defined as any substance used to attract game via ingestion. (pg 65)

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 42)

Source
Phone: 318-371-3049

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Maine

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Maine

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. (Does not apply to hunting from an observation stand or blind overlooking: standing crops; foods that have been left as a result of normal agricultural operations or as a result of natural occurrence; or bear bait that has been placed at a bear hunting stand or blind in accordance with bear baiting laws.) (pg 13)
Bait means an animal or plant or a part of an animal or plant used to attract wild animals for the purpose of hunting. (pg 7)

Source
Phone: 207-287-8000

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Maryland

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Maryland

It is legal to bait deer except on Stateowned or State-controlled properties. (pg 8)
It is illegal to place bait for hunting on state lands. (pg 53)
It is illegal to bait for deer on the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs. (pg 63)

There is a CWD Management Area defined as "including all of Allegany County and Harvest Management Unit 250 in western Washington County." (pg 24)

Source
Phone: 410-260-8367

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Massachusetts

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Massachusetts

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. (pg 39)

Source
Phone: 508-389-6326

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Michigan

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | 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. Baiting is illegal in the core CWD area (DMU 333) and the CWD Management Zone (DMU 419), As well as DMUs 001, 004, 060, 068, and 452. In the rest of Michigan, the following rules apply:

  • Baiting may occur only from Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.
  • Bait volume at any hunting site cannot exceed two gallons.
  • Bait dispersal must be over a minimum 10-foot by 10-foot area.
  • Bait must be scattered directly on the ground. It can be scattered by any means, including mechanical spin-cast feeders, provided that the spin-cast feeder does not distribute more than the maximum volume allowed.
  • To minimize exposure of deer to diseases that may be present, the DNR recommends not placing bait or feed repeatedly at the same point on the ground, and only baiting when actively 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. Feeding of any kind is illegal in the core CWD area (DMU 333), the CWD management zone (DMU 419) and DMU 487. In the rest of Michigan, the following rules apply:

  • Feed volume at any residence cannot exceed two gallons.
  • Feed may be no more than 100 yards from a residence on land owned or possessed by that person.
  • Feed must be scattered on the ground. It can be scattered by any means, including mechanical spin-cast feeders, provided that the spin-cast feeder does not distribute more than the maximum volume allowed.
  • Feed must be at least 100 yards from any area accessible to cattle, goats, sheep, new world camelids, bison, swine, horses, or captive cervidae.

Source
Phone: 517-373-2329

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Minnesota

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Minnesota

A person may not prevent or disrupt another person from taking or preparing to take a wild animal. A person may not disturb wild animals with the intent to prevent or disrupt another person from hunting. Placing bait for the purpose of preventing or disrupting another person from lawfully hunting deer would be considered unlawful under the hunter harassment laws. (pg 29)

Hunters are not allowed to take deer with the aid or use of bait.

  • 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.
  • All bait must be completely removed for ten days prior to hunting. (pg 73)

Source
Phone: 888-646-6367

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Mississippi

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Mississippi

It is illegal to hunt or trap any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of bait. Liquid scents may be used.
Source

It shall be lawful to feed wild animals, year round, on private lands subject to the following restrictions:

  • Feed may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast feeders.
  • Any type of feed or food product may be used in feeders
  • Feeders may be placed no closer than 100 yards from the outermost boundary of an area of sole ownership or exclusive hunting rights.
  • Feed may not be poured, piled, or placed directly on the ground.
  • Salt/mineral stations, blocks, and/or licks may be established. These stations, blocks, and/or licks may not contain any corn or grain products.
  • From February 15 – September 30, milo, grain sorghum, and/or wheat may be evenly broadcast at a rate not to exceed 50 pounds per acre.
  • From the opening day of deer archery season to the close of the spring turkey season, hunters must be no less than 100 yards away from any feed, or a feeder which contains feed.
  • A permit is available to photographers and for camera surveys at no cost. The permit shall be for a specific property for a period of not more than 21 consecutive days.

Source
Phone: 601-432-2400

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Missouri

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Missouri

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 rule.
  • Mineral and salt blocks are not allowed on conservation areas.

Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumable products used to attract deer are prohibited year-round within CWD Management Zone. The following exceptions are allowed:

  • Feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building
  • Feed placed in a manner that excludes access by deer
  • Feed and minerals used solely for normal agricultural, forest management, or wildlife food plot production practices

The Zone includes these counties within or that touch a radius of approximately 25 miles from where the disease has been found: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington, and Warren.
Source
Phone: 573-751-4115

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Montana

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Montana

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

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 15)
Source
Phone: 406-444-2452

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Nebraska

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Nebraska

It is illegal to establish a baited area from 10 days before the opening of any big game 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. The hunter and the animal must be outside of a baited area. (pg 42)
Source
Phone: 402-471-5442

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Nevada

2016 State Regulations List: Feeding & Baiting Deer | Nevada

A person shall 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. (pg 12) Source Phone: 775-688-1500