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Hunting Deer Over Bait Legal In 5 Counties After Xmas

HUNTING DEER OVER BAIT LEGAL IN FIVE COUNTIES AFTER CHRISTMAS
Beginning Dec. 26, hunters in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and
Philadelphia counties may hunt for deer over bait on private property as a
result of regulatory changes approved recently by the Pennsylvania Game
Commission.

Recommended in the agency's Urban/Suburban Deer Management Plan and finalized by
the state's Board of Game Commissioners in October, the regulations permit
hunters to use baiting to increase the deer kill in the state's highly-developed
southeastern counties, where deer conflicts are difficult for some residents,
and where hunters have had challenges getting close to deer, because of access
issues and safety restrictions.

AGENCY PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON USING BAIT IN DEVELOPED AREAS
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Section has developed
recommendations and guidelines on how hunters in those counties where the use of
bait has been permitted can use bait efficiently to increase deer harvests.

The Deer Management Section highly recommends using an automatic feeder to
distribute bait at times when you expect to be hunting to increase your chances
of success and reduce visits by non-target species, such as raccoons and
squirrels.

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