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Bow Hunter Caught Baiting Deer

Deer Feeding/Baiting

A bow hunter was caught violating the hunting regulations prohibiting baiting of deer or turkey.  Missouri Department of Conservation Agents from Adair and Sullivan Counties worked on the investigation of baiting wildlife during the opening weekend of the Bow Season.  This hunter was just 20 yards from fresh corn on the ground, which is illegal. He also had a violation for placing grain or minerals within a Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone county. CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer gather in larger, concentrated numbers. Feeding deer or placing minerals for deer unnaturally concentrates the animals and can help spread the deadly disease.

The MDC says the use of bait while hunting is illegal, which includes grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to attract deer or turkey.  An area is considered baited for 10 days after complete removal of the bait. A hunter can be in violation if they take or attempt to take a deer or turkey by the aid of bait where the hunter knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited.