No Baiting For Northern Zone Deer Hunters

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Key north Georgia representatives kill numerous efforts during final day of legislative session.

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.

Please share your comments below. Ultimately, your state senator and state representative decide these issues, so they need to hear your opinion directly.

 

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hacksaw12
hacksaw12

I guess it’s no big surprise. The GON survey showed hunters were overwhelmingly in favor of the change to the northern zone.

CSully3
CSully3

What a bunch of BS. We pay the same price for our license in the northern zone but unfortunately we can’t hunt around a feeder like they can in the southern zone. Just because you have a feeder doesn’t mean you are going to kill a big buck or tons of deer. Sad that as far as I know Ga is the only state who has this kind of split bait law

deancarter
deancarter

It’s a shame that GON can do a survey and results show overwhelming support for northern baiting, then run an article on CWD the week before voting. Wake up, if you want change, ditch your GON subscriptiion, they are against you

maco_outdoors
maco_outdoors

Seems more than obvious if GON was “against you” they wouldn’t have published a survey showing 84 percent of hunters favored it!!! Running article on CWD doesn’t make them against you. Maybe the Missisippi buck was against you. Or maybe it just got CWD.

piedmont1971
piedmont1971
Easy money for DNR. Find a foot track, find a bait pile and write a ticket. It’s not going to stop people from baiting in the Northern Zone. Never has, never will. Not sure why the State has to be split into zones. Makes no sense what so ever. How can a creek or county line make a difference. I hunt the Northern zone, my brother hunts Southern. His club don’t kill no more than we do and they have feed stations tossing grub year around. Feed is not the cause of CWD. I’ve seen deer go nose to nose,… Read more »
Daryl

Great comments, but just want to clarify that in Georgia our DNR doesn’t receive any money from fines, it all goes to the county where the ticket was written. DNR as an agency was neutral this legislation session on the Northern Zone baiting issue.

MwMorehead
MwMorehead
Economics drives votes. I think the GA farmers are the ones suffering from inaction by the House this year. Maybe we should have lobbied harder in bringing about economic awareness of how supplemental feeding benefits the always struggling farming community by providing a viable ‘additional cash crop’ to our Northern zone farmers as it does in the Southern zone. Our Southern zone farmers are in the loop and directly benefit from supplemental feeding. One just needs to drive the many country roads in our Southern zone and see first hand all the farms with ‘feed for sale’ posted everywhere right… Read more »
MwMorehead
MwMorehead
Economics Drives the Politicians Vote The Farmer was the loser yesterday when the will of the people was left unheard. S.B. 450 was a solid Bill and should have been called up for a vote. The honorable members who sponsored and supported this bill are to be commended for supporting a worthy cause in my estimation. We as sportsmen and concerned citizens should look for additional ways that will lend more weight to bear on the legislative body in getting a bill of this nature entitled into an act. The farmer, and in gaining the farmers support by the advent… Read more »
subligna slim
subligna slim
I’m now 66 and have deer hunted my whole adult life. A lifetime of wear and tear and some health issues has limited my mobility, especially the past few years. The property I hunt has an excellent (for northwest ga.) deer herd with a few decent bucks. There is a mountain there full of mature hardwood ridges that are great hunting but hard for me to get to. Being able to put out a few apples to draw a good shooter or fat doe down where the access is easier would make my life easier and my health better. I… Read more »
375HandH
375HandH
I just don’t get why everyone wants to bait. I wish the southern zone would abolish it and make the whole state against it. I have read several articles saying that it doesn’t affect deer populations much at all, but rather turns deer nocturnal around the baiting sites. It just seems like lazy hunters wanting to take the easy way out. I think you should have to earn your kill and I personally would never feel comfortable shooting a deer coming directly to a corn pile. Even if the law passed in the northern zone, I wouldn’t pour out a… Read more »
JoshuaDGresham1
JoshuaDGresham1

Guess I’ll just keep paying those fines…

Corey
Corey

@daryl- thanks for the article in April’s GON. Really had fingers crossed on the northern baiting law. As a small tract
hunter we have seen great growth in size and health of our population. We use feed stations to get great pics of deer and see annual growth and remove them every year prior to bow season. Because the tracks are narrow river bottoms, it’s impossible to be a full 200 yds from the food on most of these properties. This also affects small tract bow hunters, not just lazy hunters 😀