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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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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
It is lawful to distribute and hunt over bait while hunting deer on privately owned lands only.
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.
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:
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)
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:
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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:
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:
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.
It is illegal to hunt or trap any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of bait. Liquid scents may be used.
It shall be lawful to feed wild animals, year round, on private lands subject to the following restrictions:
Use of bait — which includes grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to attract deer or turkeys — while hunting is illegal.
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:
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.
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)
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)
A person shall not: