Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

On Wednesday, Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources voted in favor of a proposal that effectively makes it legal for Georgia deer hunters to hunt over bait on private lands statewide. The new regulation will take effect prior to the 2018-2019 deer season.

The decision comes just months after Georgia legislators failed to push a bill through the House that would have eliminated the North/South Deer Zones and made deer hunting over bait legal statewide. Governor Deal recently took matters into his own hands and issued an Executive Order which directed the DNR to fix the disparity between the two zones. However, the DNR does not have the regulatory authority to legalize hunting over bait in the North Zone or to combine the two zones. Both require an act of legislature. What the DNR could do is move the line separating the two deer zones, and that is exactly what the newly passed proposal does.

The Northern Deer Zone will now consist of all federally owned lands within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Southern Deer Zone is all privately owned land outside of the Chattahoochee National Forest. That means private land hunters across the state will now be able to hunt deer over bait starting this deer season, providing they have permission to do so from the landowner. Some private timber companies could still ask leasees not to bait on their properties.

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14 thoughts on “Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

  • June 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    Really???Is this true?? In all counties?

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  • June 27, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Finally the North and South are the same. Thank you Governor and
    The DNR

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  • June 27, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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    All i can say is i hope god forgives you

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    • July 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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      God has nothing to do with it. Next tome you go fishing just throw a hook in the water without anything on it and let me know how that works out for you. And member God is spelt with a capitol G. And he also gave man dominion over every living creature.

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  • June 28, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    There is no sport in shooting an animal which is standing still eating in a baited field or in woods!

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  • June 28, 2018 at 10:41 am
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    I believe its always going to be a personal choice. You see it all over the hunting channels. You can bait for hogs.
    My concern is now once this is legal?
    What is how will this affect Turkey’s

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  • June 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm
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    Whatever happened to Hunting Ethics and Fair Chase ?? Hunting Deer over Bait is NOT Hunting

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  • June 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    This is a good thing to have

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  • June 29, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    Way to go dnr. There is no difference in shooting a deer eating a legal food plot or eating bate. You great white hunters don’t have to bait if you chose not. Why would you want me to be forced to your hunting style. I respect your choice, respect mine.

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  • June 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    1st up the limit.now baiting.next nuke them.kill them all so us hunters will have something else to whine about.

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  • July 1, 2018 at 8:33 am
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    could be good for folks with limited hunting land
    also good for the deer they will grow biger and have more offspring
    with more food available

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  • July 1, 2018 at 11:49 pm
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    Personally it don’t matter if you bait um or not if you don’t shoot the dear some one else will if the poacher’s don’t get them first.

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  • July 8, 2018 at 7:02 am
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    This is good news!! I’ve got a lot of mouths to feed with limited property. To us it’s not a sport, it’s a necessity.

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