How well do you know the deer feeding regulations where you hunt? If you’ve never taken the time to look them up it can be harder than you think to find and understand them. Luckily we’ve done that for you. Take a quick moment to refresh yourself as it is important to get familiarized with your state’s regulations so you don’t run afoul of the law.
While compiling this list it was interesting to see the variations in each states treatment of feeding for deer. Every state has it own hunting regulations and unique quirks that range from absolute hard bans on the use of any form of deer feed all the way to extremely lax regulations on its use. Perhaps in a future post we’ll dive into the history of hunting regulations and why they are the way they are.
Some examples of unique regulations are the requirement to remove bait a period of time prior to hunting or the start of the hunting season, only being able to bait during hunting season, having to keep bait out of sight of hunter, the requirement to keep bait a minimum distance away from the hunter, or having to ensure the volume of bait does not exceed a certain amount.
We've added the regulations for the state of Alabama below. Please note these are general guidelines and typically only refer to private land regulations.
Bottom line, always check the regulations in the area you are hunting yourself before heading out.
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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
As we read this it is legal to feed for deer so long as it is at least 100 yards away and is not in the line of sight of the hunter. The feed needs to be hidden from view by natural vegetation or terrain features. An additional quirk is that you may hunt over an area that had deer feed but the feed has to have been removed or consumed at least 10 days prior to hunting that area.
220-2-.11 Prohibited Methods and Devices for Hunting (a) It shall be unlawful to concentrate, drive, rally, molest or to hunt, take, capture or kill or attempt to hunt, take, capture or kill any bird or animal from or by the aid of:
(7) Any area where feeding has taken place, until all the feed has been removed or consumed for at least 10 days prior to such hunting.
220-2-.157 Definition of Area Regulation 37 For the purposes of Section 9-11-244, Code of Alabama 1975, and Rule 220-2-.11, Alabama Administrative Code, as it applies to the hunting of deer and feral swine, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed (as defined in Section 9-11-244) located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter, is not a lure, attraction or enticement to, on or over the area where the hunter is attempting to kill or take the deer or feral swine. For the purpose of this regulation, “not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features. This regulation shall not apply on public lands.
Definition of bait:
No person at any time shall take, catch, kill or attempt to take, catch or kill any bird or animal protected by law or regulation of the State of Alabama by means, aid or use, directly or indirectly, of any bait such as shelled, shucked or unshucked corn or of wheat or other grain, salt or any other feed whatsoever that has been so deposited, placed, distributed or scattered as to constitute for such birds or animals a lure, attraction or enticement to, on or over the area where such hunter or hunters are attempting to kill or take them; provided, that such birds or animals may be taken under properly shocked corn and standing crops of corn, wheat or other grain or feed and grains scattered solely as a result of normal agricultural harvesting and provided further, migratory birds may be hunted under the most recent provisions established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources within the limits of the federal regulations.
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Fall is here and that means it's time for pumpkin-everything. 🎃
But what do you do with your pumpkins once the season is over? If you throw them out your pets could be missing out on a tasty snack.
For livestock, pumpkins can even stand in as an additional feed source.
Whether you have a patch of leftover pumpkins that didn't sell for Halloween or you just have a few that decorated your porch, it's time to re-purpose them.