Some Mississippi deer hunters are stating that it is now legal to hunt deer over bait in the state. I'm here to tell you that is not true!
As with all things having to do with legal issues, there are two little words that the Commission has pounced on. Those words are "shall" and "may". The Commission deems this as evidence that they "may" allow deer baiting, not that they "must" allow it. They also read the Bill as they shall "study" the baiting of deer at length.
Here's a quote from the Sports writer at the Mississippi Press...
The commission may allow taking of deer with the aid of bait and place restrictions on this on private lands only. The key word again here is "may," and they have not yet done this.
The section of the Bill in question states...
to require the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to study and report on any baiting program authorized by the Commission
To "study" and "report on". If you haven't dealt with government agencies, that means it will be a while, if ever, before Mississippi allows baiting for deer hunting.
Click here to read the full story in the Mississippi Press.
For now, Mississippi deer hunters should just leave their bait at home.