It is unlawful to take deer using snares, salt, and bait. Bait is defined as any product that is carried into a hunting area and placed there for the ingestion of animals. This includes food scraps, especially meat or fish with the bone still attached; old food discarded around a camp site or house; and anything similar used by people for food.
The only exception to this rule is if you have been given permission to do so by the landowner. If you suspect that someone has baited deer on your property, call your local game warden at once before you go out shooting deer.
Private landowners who allow hunters to use their land can allow them to bait deer as well. These areas are called "baiting permits". The owner of the property will need to give you permission to issue you with such a permit, which should be done either by written document or through oral communication with the landowner. You cannot just go ahead and start giving out baiting permits without first getting approval from the landowner.
Hunters who want to bait deer on private property should work with the landowner to come up with an agreement on how much bait will be used in their region and what time of year it will be used.
Baiting. When hunting large game, upland game birds, turkeys, or ducks, it is unlawful to use bait or hunt over any baited area. At any time of year, it is prohibited to put a salt block or mineral lick on deer-inhabited territory. Doing so may cause deer to lose their natural aversion to the flavor of salt and lead them into a deadly trap.
However, if you are hunting on land that does not belong to you and you have the owner's permission, you can use bait if you follow certain rules. Only eat food items that come from licensed commercial feed stores. Bait boxes must be clearly labeled as poison and must only be used within 200 feet of any structure or road. You can't leave any part of your vehicle within 25 feet of a bait box at any time.
If you violate these rules, you could be charged with a crime. Check with your local police department to find out how bait is handled in your area.
11 The Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 It is forbidden to place any trap, snare, poisoned or stupefying bait for deer, or to take or kill any deer using these things or any net. Also see "welfare" above.
Baiting can result in abnormally high survival and birth rates, especially in northern deer. It also draws whitetail deer, who eat more than simply the food we leave out for them. That closely packed herd has the potential to annihilate local plant species and stymie forest recovery.
It is unlawful to use bait, which includes grain or other feed set or strewn to lure deer or turkeys, when hunting. Mineral blocks, such as salt, are not classified as bait. Mineral blocks containing grain or other food additives, on the other hand, are forbidden.
Baiting deer, turkey, and other non-migratory game animals on private land is lawful. Baiting is not permitted on department or WIHA grounds while hunting or preparing to hunt. However, baiting does take place on private lands across the state. Turkey owners who know of a baiter on their property should contact your local law enforcement agency to report illegal activity.
In addition to being unlawful on WIHA lands, baiting turkeys is also ill-advised behavior that can result in serious injuries to you and your pets. Turkey feathers are very sharp and have been used as weapons before by people who were frustrated by their attempts at controlling crop diseases. Farmers who poison their crops to control weeds are often surprised when their fields are invaded by geese that have eaten the poisoned plants. Dogs who chase after and catch wild turkeys may be able to hold them down long enough for someone to come along and finish them off with an arrow or gun.
People love to watch turkeys because they're festive birds and they make cute noises. But if you feed them regularly with junk food and other human-made products, then they'll grow dependent on those foods and cease feeding on insects and other natural materials. Then they become easy targets for hunters who want to test their luck at finding a live turkey.