Member since Sep 2010
re: Corn in Mississippi (Posted on 10/3/13 at 9:22 am to TutHillTiger)
Legal to feed deer but it cannot aide your hunting. In other words you can't hunt over a bait pile but you can use bait for trail cam photos, etc. All deer bait must be removed a minimum of 10 days prior to hunting in that location. The exception is pure salt which can be bait. Cannot place any mineral or bait in National Forest areas at anytime. *NEW 2013* You can place mineral or supplemental feed during the hunting season as long as it is beyond 100 yards from your stand/blind and not within your line of site. 334-242-3465
Member since Sep 2010
re: Corn in Mississippi (Posted on 10/3/13 at 9:28 am to TutHillTiger)
FROM WEbsite MDWFC above
Supplemental Feeding Regulations
To properly manage white-tailed deer in Mississippi, MDWFP Biologists recommend a complete deer management program which includes:
Habitat management practices to improve overall habitat conditions;
Herd management to balance sex ratio, age structure, and population numbers within available habitat;
Supplemental plantings that provide year-round forage;
Education of hunters and land managers; and,
Not allowing feeding to replace a complete deer management program.
It shall be lawful to feed deer, year round, on private lands subject to the following restrictions:
Feed may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast feeders.
Feed allowed in feeders:
Complete Pelletized Ration:
October 1 - November 30
March 1 - June 30
Corn may be used and/or added to the Complete Pelletized Ration:
July 1 - September 30
December 1 - the last day in February
Feeders may be placed no closer than 100 yards from any property boundary.
Feed may not be poured, piled, or placed directly on the ground.
Salt/mineral stations, blocks, and/or licks may be established.
A Complete Pelletized Ration is defined as a feed mixture in the form of a pellet that is nutritionally adequate for deer and containing at least 16% crude protein with a mixture of crude fat, crude fiber, vitamins, minerals, and does not contain any animal byproducts.
To hunt within the vicinity of a feeder hunters must be both: at least 100 yards away from, and not within the line of sight of feed or a feeder which contains feed. 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 does not apply to:
Food plots, standing crops, grain crops properly shucked on the field where grown, or grains found scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural planting or harvesting.
Lands where shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed has been distributed or scattered as the result of bona fide agricultural operations or procedures, or as a result of manipulation of a crop or other feed on the land where grown for wildlife management purposes. Manipulation of crops or other feed for wildlife management purposes does not include the adding, distributing, or scattering of grain or other feed (i.e., sweet potatoes, turnips, etc.) once it has been removed from or stored on the field where grown.
Feeders within the curtilage of the home. "Curtilage of the home" means the area encompassing the grounds immediately surrounding any home or group of homes used in the daily activities of domestic life, and may or may not be enclosed by a fence or other barrier.
Member since Nov 2008
re: Corn in Mississippi (Posted on 10/3/13 at 9:55 am to TutHillTiger) For ALABAMA - our wording is very similair to MS.
There was a town hall meeting with Chuck Sykes (Director AL Wildlife and Fisheries) And here are some Cliff Notes from that meeting.
I know this was debated on here a lot.....his example , if you hunt on a food plot and have a feeder 20 yards inside the woods and that feeder is 100 yards plus away. And there is a trail across the plot a foot deep going to the feeder and you shoot a buck on that trail you will not receive a ticket. He said there is no game warden alive can read a deer's mind. He said that deer may bed down, turn ,chase a doe before getting to the feeder. That is just about word for word. Now, I didn't make the news, just reported it.
So, by this example, baiting essentially is legal. Because in this scenario he outlined even if 'you can't read the deer's mind', common logic and probably 99 percent of game wardens presented this scenario would say that deer was/is attracted to that feeder and if the feeder wasn't there the deer likely wouldn't be on a trail a foot deep going to said feeder.
Clem, that's almost verbatim. All our Jackson Co, GWs were there as well as Captain Fred Bain they heard it as well as all in the room. He did say 101 yards behind one tree is baiting. Actually, I got that he wants no grey area and follow the letter of the law only.
I 'm just the messenger.