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Baiting While Hunting is Prohibited

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters to be aware of baiting regulations during the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons. The use of bait, including grain or other feed, placed or scattered to attract deer or turkey while hunting is illegal. The regulations are in place to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and to ensure fair chase. Conservation Agent Jarred Milligan explains the consequences of baiting during hunting season.

Doe urine and other scents, such as apple, acorn, and persimmon, are allowed while hunting if they are not used on or with grain and other food products. An area is considered to be baited for 10 days after a food has been completely removed from that site.

If you see or suspect someone using bait this hunting season, contact Jarred Milligan or Jarred Jewel, or the Game Theif Hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

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