North Dakota Prohibits Hunting Over Bait

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The U.S. Forest Service is the latest land management agency in North Dakota to prohibit hunting big game and other wildlife over bait. Dave Pieper, Grasslands supervisor, signed an order in September prohibiting hunting over bait on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.

Along with the U.S. Forest Service's national grasslands, hunting over bait is also not allowed on all North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, and all North Dakota state school, park and forest service lands.

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.