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Just Don’t Do It! – Don’t Bait the Target. ©

Many of us love to hunt wild game.  Some people enjoy the adventure of the hunt and capture, while some prefer to bait an area to attempt to get the game animals to come around while the hunter sits up in a tree and have target practice.   There are some laws that limit when and where you can hunt game animals that have been attracted to an area with bait.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it is unlawful statewide for any person to hunt any game animal (except as noted below) or game bird upon, over, around, or near any place where any corn, wheat, or other grains, salts, apples, or other feed or bait has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction, or enticement to such game animals or game birds. It shall also be unlawful to hunt any game animal or game bird upon, over, around, or near any such place for a period of 10 days following complete removal of all such feed or bait.

The placing of any feed or bait and the hunting of any game or feral hog over such feed or bait on Wildlife Management Areas is prohibited.

Exceptions for Deer In the Southern Deer Zone, deer may be hunted upon, around, over or near any feed or bait on private lands provided such person has written permission of the landowner. Any such feed or bait shall not be placed in a manner as to cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited. The placing of any feed or bait and the hunting of deer over such feed or bait on any state or federal lands is prohibited.

In the Northern Deer Zone, it is unlawful to hunt deer upon, around, over or near any feed or bait when                       the hunter is less than 200 yards away or within sight of such feed or bait. Any such feed shall not be placed in a manner as to cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited. The placing of any feed or bait and the hunting of deer over such feed or bait on any state or federal lands is prohibited.

Exceptions for Feral Hogs (Statewide)

Feral hogs may be hunted upon, around, over or near any feed or bait on private lands year round provided that any such feed or bait is not placed within 50 yards of any property ownership boundary. Any such feed or bait shall not be placed in a manner as to cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited.

 

A violation of these laws could land you in jail.  So, don’t hunt the wild game with bait unless you fall in one of these exceptions.  Just Don’t Do It!

Attorney Emerson Carey, Jr. has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia for over 22 years.  He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of law where he teaches trial advocacy.  Attorney Carey can be reached at 404-635-1112; 1-877-635-1112; ecarey@careydobson.com.

 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Every criminal prosecution is based on its individual facts and requires an independent evaluation by a licensed, experienced attorney.

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