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Baiting Rules for Whitetail Deer
 

The Baiting Rules of Whitetail Deer

Whitetail Deer Baiting Regulations

State Regulation Contact Number
Alabama Legal to feed deer but it cannot aide your hunting. In other words you can't hunt over a bait pile but you can use bait for trail cam photos, etc. All deer bait must be removed a minimum of 10 days prior to hunting in that location. The exception is pure salt which can be bait. 334-242-3465
Arizona Legal to feed or bait deer.
602-942-3000
Arkansas Hunters may bait deer on private land ONLY throughout hunting season. Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.
800-440-1477
Colorado Using bait is illegal to hunt bears, 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.
303-297-1192
Connecticut Legal to feed deer out of hunting season. Legal to bait deer during hunting season only in zones 11 and 12 and only on private land. 860-424-3000
Delaware Legal to feed deer. Legal to bait deer on private land only. 302-739-9912
Florida Legal to feed or bait deer with salt and mineral including Lucky Buck Mineral. Legal to feed deer with corn or grain also, but must be "established at least 6 months prior to taking of game in the proximity...." 850-488-4676
386-758-0525


Georgia Legal to feed deer. Not legal to hunt within sight or within 200 yards of deer bait in northern zone. Legal to feed or bait deer all year in southern zone. 912-685-2145
Illinois NOT legal to feed or bait anything for deer. 217-782-6431
Indiana Legal to feed deer anything but all bait must be removed a minimum of 10 days prior to hunting. No deer baiting. 317-232-4080
Iowa Legal to feed deer anything but all traces of feed or mineral must be removed prior to hunting season. No deer baiting. 515-281-5918
Kansas Legal to feed and bait deer. 785-296-2281
Kentucky Legal to feed or bait on private land only outside of March 1st - May 31st. During these months you may only feed or bait within curtilage of your home. 800-858-1549
Louisiana Legal to feed and bait deer on private land with anything, anywhere with the exception of SWEET POTATOES. Lucky Buck Mineral is okay all year long. 318-371-3049
Maine Legal to feed deer but cannot hunt over or near bait. 207-287-8000
Maryland No restrictions on private land. It is legal to feed deer anything, anytime on private land with the exception of the CWD management zone in Allegany County. 410-260-8367


Massachusetts Legal to feed deer anything but must be removed 14 days prior to hunting season. No baiting deer. 508-389-6326
Michigan (lower) From Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. hunters may place any type of bait, no more than two gallons at a time, across a 10-foot by 10-foot area per hunting location. Recreational Feeding: Property owners may place two gallons of bait on their property within 100 yards of their residence year-round. Baiting and feeding will still be prohibited in Deer Management Unit 487 which includes Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle Counties. 517-373-2329
Michigan (upper) Legal to bait deer with less than 2 gallons. You can feed deer the rest of the year with in 100 yards of a house. Lucky Buck Mineral is legal as either feed or bait. 517-373-2329
Minnesota Legal to feed deer. Bait must be completely removed 10 days prior to hunting. Not legal to feed or bait within a CWD or TB zone. There is a CWD zone north of Omsted in the Pine Island area and there is a TB zone in the northwest part of the state. Lucky Buck Mineral is NOT CONSIDERED BAIT and may be fed all year including hunting season. 888-646-6367
Mississippi Legal to feed mineral and salt all year and as bait to hunt over. Many complex restrictions on feeding deer anything with grain. Bait must be removed 10 days prior to start of season. Lucky Buck Mineral is legal all year including hunting season. 601-432-2400
Missouri Legal to feed deer until 10 days prior to hunting. Then, no food sources are allowed for deer bait. Lucky Buck mineral is legal as it contains no grain products. 573-751-4115
Nebraska Legal to feed deer. Cannot hunt over anything within 200 yards that was placed within 60 days. 402-471-5442
New Hampshire Not legal to feed deer from April 15th - Sept. 1st. Legal to bait deer after Sept. 1st with anything but 100% salt, but you must have a permit if you do not own the land. You also must post a sign over bait, even if you are the property owner, identifying the bait and any hunters who have permission to hunt that bait site. This creates a problem if you want to feed Lucky Buck for improved antler growth in the spring and summer. 603-271-3127
New Jersey Legal to feed deer and bait deer. 609-259-2120
New York Not legal to feed deer or bait deer.
518-402-8883
North Carolina Legal to feed deer. "Commercially available mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting and feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state except game lands." 919-707-0030
North Dakota Private land baiting is legal. It is not legal on any public land. 701-328-6300
Ohio Legal to feed deer or bait deer anywhere in the state anytime on private land. 614-265-6300


Oklahoma Legal to feed deer or bait deer anywhere in the state anytime on private land. 405-521-3852
Pennsylvania Legal to feed deer anything anywhere including Lucky Buck Mineral up to 30 days before hunting season. Thirty days prior to hunting season and during it is considered baiting and is not legal. All residue of mineral or bait must be removed prior to hunting season. 717-783-6527
Rhode Island Not legal to feed deer or bait deer anything. 401-789-0281
South Carolina It is legal to feed anything except for game zones 1 and 2 where it is legal to feed deer but not hunt over (baiting). 803-734-4002
Tennessee It is legal to feed deer but not to bait deer from 10 days prior to season start through hunting season. However a salt or mineral lick is legal to use if it is at least 51% salt and has no grain products. It is legal to use Lucky Buck for feed or bait. 615-781-6580
Texas Legal to feed or bait deer on private property with land owners permission. 512-389-4505
Utah Legal to feed or bait deer. 801-538-4889
Vermont It is illegal to feed or bait deer anytime of year. 802-583-7186
Virginia It is legal to feed deer EXCEPT September 1st through the first saturday in January. It is illegal to feed deer in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, & Warren Counties. It is never legal to hunt over bait. 804-829-6580
Washington No restrictions. Can feed deer or bait deer anytime, even on state land. 360 902-2936 option 2 or 3
West Virginia It is legal to feed deer anything anytime with the exception of Hampshire County north of Hwy 50. This is a CWD containment area and it is not legal to feed or bait in this area. The rest of the state is legal to feed deer anything anytime including Lucky Buck Mineral. 304-558-2784
Wisconsin It is legal to feed and bait deer with anything including Lucky Buck Mineral (with a 2 gallon limit), in all counties EXCEPT the following: Marathon, Wood, Portage, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Calumet, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Marquette, Vernon, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Crawford, Richland, Grant, Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha. 888-936-7463

Darrin Bradley

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