Baiting Regulations Amended for Upcoming Deer Season

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in July amended wildlife regulations regarding baiting for the purpose of hunting big game and turkey.

Mule Deer NebraskaThe regulation changes are meant to make the longstanding big game and turkey baiting prohibition more understandable for hunters and more enforceable for law enforcement officers.

The amended regulation states that a baited area may not be established from 10 days before the opening of any big game or turkey season and throughout those entire seasons for the purposes of taking big game or turkey. An area within 200 yards of bait is considered baited for 10 days following the removal of all bait. To be legal, both the hunter and the animal must be outside a baited area. For the 2015 fall/winter hunting season, the baiting prohibition period is Aug. 5, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016.

In Nebraska, deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain lion are classified as big game species.

Baiting for big game and turkey concentrates animal activity in a very small area, increasing the risk of transmitting disease. Baiting also can adversely impact other people’s wildlife management and hunting opportunities.

To read a list of frequently asked questions regarding this baiting regulation, visit OutdoorNebraska.org, and then click on Hunting. Other updates have been made to the website to reflect the new language, including the 2015 Big Game Guide and regulation summaries for big game species and turkey.

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