North Dakota Agencies Prohibit Hunting Over Bait

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Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands, and all North Dakota state school, state park and state forest service lands.

In addition, the governor’s proclamation relating to chronic wasting disease includes a provision that prohibits hunting big game over bait on both public and private land in deer unit 3F2.

Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of baits for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting.

Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay or any other natural or manufactured foods. It does not apply to the use of scents and lures, water, food plots, standing crops or livestock feeds being used in standard practices.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I am in full agreement with


I am in full agreement with banning the use of a bait pile - especially within a major CWD unit or state.  The use of a bait pile within a CWD unit only provides the additional means for the disease to spread.  Giving up the use of a bait pile to some is considered taking away one of their tools in assisting to harvest an animal.

An arguement could be made that a trail camera or a scent control product are tools equal to a bait pile - both allow an advantage towards harvesting the animal just as the bait pile. 

This is a sticky subject as you have many states without CWD that allow baiting still and have no greater threat of developing CWD within the herds there.

I do think it is right that baiting is allowed on private property within the state other than the one deer unit.  This allows those private landowners and the hunters able to hunt these private lands to use or not use a bait pile.  It offers the ablity to use the tool of baiting. 

I for one do not wish to push my hunting ethics on to another hunter or state.  So I am in full agreement with the state's decision to allow baiting still within a private property boundaries.


numbnutz's picture

I agree with sean here. I

I agree with sean here. I like that North Dakota has banned the baiting. I know it's not because of the advantage it gives a hunter but because of the CWD issue. I too don't like baiting. It is legal to bait deer and elk in my state but I choose not to. I will not get on someone for baiting if it's a legal hunting method where they come from I just don't agree with it. Baiting has been a touchy issue as of late but I wouldn't be sad if it was banned nation wide. Mainly because it contributes to the spread of CDW. I don't think any hunter in America would complain if it meant the survival of the deer and elk herds. Good job North Dakota and keep up the good work.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Good, glad to see that North

Good, glad to see that North Dakota has joined the list of states to ban baiting.  I know it's a touchy subject within hunting groups, but I still don't support it.  I feel it is more of a selective harvest than anything else.  One of my coworkers is from Texas, and that's all they do on alot of the ranches around where his family still lives.  We just had a discussion about this exact thing.  Luckily he's one of the civil ones.... Wink

I see others comparing it to food plots, saying it's no different.  However, a bait pile is exclusive to one immediate area, where the deer must come right to it to take advantage of the free food opportunity.  On a food plot though, even a small 1-2 acre one, you could sit at one end, and have deer come out at the far end, and never hav it come within range.  There is still that necessity that the deer comes closer.

At any rate, I hope that the hunters of North Dakota will practice the same thing on private property, even though it does not appear that they are forced to by the new law.  It looks like it's only on state lands, parks, etc.  Statewide participation would go a long way towards achieving their stated goal of avoiding the spread of CWD.