No baiting for Northern Zone deer hunters.
Several proposed laws that included language that would have legalized hunting deer near feeders with no distance restriction for Northern Zone hunters failed, with significant political wrangling from both sides during the final hours of the 2018 Georgia legislative session.
GON is still working on details on how things went down and who the key players were, and those details will be included in the May issue of the magazine. The House of Representatives was never allowed to vote on the issue. The state Senate approved the measure by a wide margin. To see where your state representative stood on the issue, find his or her contact information here.
Bottom line — next year Northern Zone deer hunters could still receive a fine and game violation if found within 200 yards or within sight of placed feed, while Southern Zone hunters have no distance restriction.
Several law changes that could benefit sportsmen did pass, including a new mentor provision and the Georgia Stewardship Act, which will create a permanent source of funding for land acquisition. The Georgia Stewardship Act still faces a major hurdle — it must be approved by voters in a statewide ballot initiative during the November elections.
An extensive recap of the 2018 legislative session will be upcoming.