Wildlife - Waterfowl Hunting and Baiting

Problem Areas

Feeding Waterfowl and Other Wildlife
Many people feed waterfowl for the pleasure of bird watching. It is illegal to hunt waterfowl in an area where such feeding has occurred that could lure or attract migratory game birds to, on, or over any area where hunters are attempting to take them. The 10-day rule applies to such areas, and any salt, grain, or feed must be gone 10 days before hunting. The use of sand and shell grit is not prohibited.

In some areas, it is a legal hunting practice to place grain to attract some State-protected game species (i.e. white-tailed deer). But these areas would be illegal for waterfowl hunting, and the 10-day rule would apply.

How close to bait can you hunt without breaking the law? There is no set distance. The law prohibits hunting if bait is present that could lure or attract birds to, on, or over areas where hunters are attempting to take them. Distance will vary depending on the circumstances and such facts as topography, weather, and waterfowl flight patterns. Therefore, this question can only be answered on a case-by-case basis.

What Is Legal?
You can hunt waterfowl on or over or from:

What Is Illegal?
Some examples of areas where you cannot hunt waterfowl include:

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