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.