DNR Cites 144 With Deer Baiting

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says deer baiting was pervasive during this year’s hunting season.

The DNR’s Division of Enforcement cited 144 people with baiting, the highest number of citations issued for the practice since the agency started tracking them in 1991.

Conservation officers also issued 24 warnings and seized 134 guns or bows in baiting-related investigations during the 2011 bow, firearms and muzzleloader seasons.

Those who illegally bait place food near hunting stands or in clearings with the hope of luring deer into close range. The fine for baiting is $300, plus about $80 for court costs. If a deer is taken, restitution of $500 can be included in the fine. Guns may also be seized.

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  • jackactionhero

    Baiting is allowed most other states. I don’t think the deer population notices.

    C’Mere Deer. Three Day Harvest simply cannot be beat.

    • he was the hunted

      I baited Bruce one time. All it took was 4 shots of Crown and a little showing of the plumbers crack.

  • don't do it

    For the past several years the DNR has become increasingly concerned with this practice. For a good and ethical hunter it is not needed. A well placed stand is the real key. In addition, it is legal to use mineral blocks and food plots to make the spot more attractive. A little scouting and planning make the unethical and illegal practice of baiting completely unnecessary. Why do something that would get you a hefty fine, cause you to lose your hunting gear, and potentially cost you your hunting privileges? Have some respect for your sport.

    • jackactionhero

      There’s no hefty fine for baiting deer where I hunt.

      So if it’s legal there, isn’t it also ethical? Or are you stating that any states that allow baiting are also unethical and illegal?

      • don't do it (here)

        I understand your point. If it were legal in Minnesota, whether or not the practice is ethical would be a matter of personal perspective. I consider it unethical here because when it is done it gives the lawbreaker an unfair advantage. I would never presume to judge other hunters in other states who hunt according to their state’s regulations. I apologize if it sounded like I was condemning the way you legally hunt in your state.

        • jackactionhero

          I actually don’t, or rather haven’t, baited deer while hunting. I’ve use attractant, which is legal and not a food source.

          I do a ton of scouting. I do so much that I don’t even consider it scouting anymore. It’s just hiking in my hunting woods and taking mental (sometimes digital) notes.

          I didn’t find your comment offensive at all. And I wasn’t baiting (haha) anybody to initiate a controversy. :)

      • Give em' a chance

        I belive what “don’t do it” is saying is that if you really know how to hunt you do not need to bait. If you have to rely on baiting to lure the deer in for their last meal you are taking yet another part of the fair chase away. Basically the same as bear hunting has become. Any lazy peron can shoot an animal that has learned to come to an unnatural food source. Just because you are allowed to bait for deer in Wisconsin and other states does not necessarily make it right either. The ethical debate can be argued both ways. Rather than spending all that effort putting up bait stations do some scouting and as mentioed have some respect for the sport. I haven’t even gotten into the issue of the potential spreading of disease by concentrating deer unnaturaly.

  • MrB

    The sad part is, 144 is just the tip of the iceberg!

  • Kevin

    This is a bunch of deer poop. Please tell me how a guy putting out a pailful of corn to lure in a deer is any different from a guy who has a corn field where the deer come out in droves to feed in every evening, or from the guy who plants a few strips of rye or chicory or other forage crops that are enticing to deer, or even different from those who use other types of lures to entice deer to come in close for a shot.

    I have been hunting deer in Minnesota for 48 years and have never felt the need to bait deer, but realistically, the differences between so called “legal” baiting and so called “illegal” are so miniscule (sp) that its ridiculous.

    • true

      Yeah, it can be a pretty insignificant difference at times. I suppose that’s why the laws on the practice vary from state to state. Down here in the SW corner its all crop land so I guess you could say the farmers do the baiting for us!

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