Illegal to hunt turkeys for bait; Grady County Hunters Arrested Hunting turkeys over bait is forbidden in Georgia, but some hunters may have missed the notice. The state banned hunting turkeys as bait in 1980 because of concerns about deforestation and erosion caused by recreational hunting. However, some hunters continue to use trapped or released birds for target practice, so trees are still being destroyed. Any hunter who has evidence that another person is baiting turkeys can report it online at gamedeerhunting.com.
In addition, anyone who kills a deer as bait must remove any remaining antler velvet before reporting the kill to gamedeerhunting.com. This requirement applies even if you are not going to sell the deer's antlers. Velvet is an early-spring growth period of the male deer's skin that is used to make clothing and other products. Without this removal, the velvet would keep growing back after the season ended.
The purpose of these rules is to protect our forests and not to stop people from doing what many farmers and ranchers do every year: destroy their crops or livestock to prevent them from being eaten by wild animals. Farmers often use traps or poisons to get rid of corn or wheat fields when they don't want them damaged by vehicles or lost to erosion.
Because they are not endemic to Georgia, there is no hunting season, and killing one is not illegal. So the person who shot the elk on Sunday did not violate any laws. However, because elk are protected species, it is recommended that you not shoot them.
Elk were once widespread across the eastern half of the United States, but now exist only in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and Idaho. Because of human activity, such as hunting and poaching, they have become rare in many other states too. However, some individuals still roam free in Georgia, including this one found dead on Sunday.
There are two main factors that contribute to the decline of elk in Georgia and other parts of their former range. First, hunters target them because they can be valuable prizes - especially when taken during certain seasons. Even though killing an elk is not illegal, there are ways to make sure that it doesn't hurt the population anymore than shooting another species does. For example, if you sell the antlers from the elk you killed, that money could go toward conservation efforts or paying for more protective regulations.
The second factor contributing to the decline of elk in Georgia and other regions of their former range is increased development - particularly mining operations - that prevent them from moving into new areas for safety reasons.
Except for Eastern turkeys and migratory game birds, bait for game animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. (Baiting is prohibited on most public property.) Please verify the regulations for that specific public site.
It's illegal to use bait to hunt certain wildlife, including deer. However, this doesn't mean you can't use food to attract these animals. Bait includes anything that would be used as a lure to entice or catch wildlife - such as cornbread, apples, carrots, etc. Eating bait itself is not illegal but it may affect how likely you are to see more of it next time you go out hunting.
Texas law prohibits the use of bait to hunt any animal except eastern turkeys and migratory game birds. However, this rule does not prohibit humans from feeding deer if they live on private property without a ban against it. Some owners may have taken away their permission to use bait by posting signs at their properties warning hunters not to do so. Others might have told hunters not to bring them back after they've been hit with a bow. Still others might have told hunters not to feed the deer in order to keep them wild and alive.
If you're interested in trying to harvest some deer with no bait, then check with your local landowner to find out if it's allowed.
Hunt wild turkeys on your land where it is safe and lawful, or allow others to do so. It is necessary to have a hunting license and an upland game bird stamp.
Although hunters in neighboring Kentucky are permitted to hunt deer over bait, the practice is forbidden in Tennessee, and wildlife inspectors will issue tickets to anyone who are found baiting. However, since this is a law enforcement officer, they may choose to ignore people who claim they were just fooling around and not to arrest them.
Baiting involves placing food such as corn or soybeans out in front of certain areas in an attempt to attract wild animals, which then become visible targets for hunters. While this may work for some species of animal, it can be dangerous for others. For example, bears are naturally curious creatures and will often investigate what seems to be a free meal. If you happen upon a bear while it is eating its prize, you should avoid making any aggressive movements or sounds. Instead, back away slowly until you feel safe enough to call for help.
Hunters who bait their prey risk causing serious injury to themselves or another person. Wildlife officers monitor public lands for violations of hunting regulations, including baiting. They also respond to reports of injured or dead animals. To avoid prosecution, do not put food out for animals on private property or in protected areas.
Firearms Hunting: Game animals and non-migratory game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, with the exception of white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn, which cannot be hunted with rimfire ammunition (of any caliber). During the spring Eastern Turkey season, shotguns are the only authorized weaponry that may be used. Fall Turkey and Guided Hunt Seasons - both open to firearms - are conducted with either shotgun or rifle. Spring Turkey and Summer Duck seasons are restricted to rifles.
In addition to the regular hunting seasons listed above, you can also hunt turkeys during the off-season (November through March), when they're not breeding. You can use guns but not bows for these hunts.
A turkey is considered game while on foot if it has a head start on you before you reach them. If they run from you, they're not game and you don't need a license to shoot them. However, if they stand their ground and fight back, they're considered dangerous and require a license. Licenses are available online at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/ and by phone at 1-877-276-6667.
Turkeys get their name from their distinctive tail flight.