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Posted 01 September 2008 - 07:47 PM

Here in Missouri it's illegal to bait deer and turkeys. The regs state;
Deer and Turkeys may not be taken with bait. Scents and minerals, including salt, are not considered bait, however, mineral blocks with food aditives are prohibited. An area is considered baited for 10 days after complete removal of the bait. It is illegal to place bait in a way that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule. If you hunt in an area that is baited, even if you are not aware of it, you are held in violation of the baiting rule. It is legal to hunt near food plots grown for the benifit of wildlife, as long as normal agricultural practices are followed. A departure from these practices, such as brushhogging or knocking down the grain out or putting it on the ground, turns a food plot into a baited site for deer and turkey.

It also states that people who feed or bait deer and turkey for wildlife viewing and photography should be aware that drawing animals into unusual concentrations raises the likelyhood of diseases spreading through the population. There is some talk of making baiting legal in Missouri, it is in Arkansas, but I really think that's all it amounts to is talk. I don't see it happening. It pays to know what you can and can't do and before putting out mineral attractents you need to read the ingredients. Remember, food scents are ok but not actual food of any kind.

Edited by Spirithawk, 01 September 2008 - 07:49 PM.



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Posted 02 September 2008 - 06:49 AM

The PA Reg states: It is unlawful to hunt in or around any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt, chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used or have been used within the past 30 days, as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless of the type or quantity. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the hunting area has not been baited before they begin hunting. They should physically inspect the area and question landowners, guides and caretakers. This section does not pertain to hunting near areas where accepted farming or habitat management practices are taking place (example hunting near food plots on game lands is legal). Any natural or manmade nonliving bait can be used to attract coyotes for hunting or trapping.

There is a couple of counties in the southeast part of PA where Baiting is now legal with some restrictions such as no more than a 5 gallon equivilant quantity can be present at any time.

We had an instance of baiting with corn on the property adjoining our hunting camp land. This occured next to our property line. The leasee informed us that he had to report it and if the game protecter wanted to he could ban hunting within many hundreds of yards of the site. This would have impacted not only a portion of our land but the best area on our land. As it turned out since it was lawfully reported, cleaned up and the quantity was not very much the game officer decided not to post the land around the site. If this was not reported the people who put the grain there could have reported it and everyone would have been in trouble.

Edited by PA RIDGE RUNNER, 02 September 2008 - 07:02 AM.

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