March 02, 2017
Legislation authorizing permits to hunt whitetail deer and feral swine over feed passed the House of Representatives Tuesday by a vote of 69-18.
HB 184, sponsored by Rep. Jack Williams, R-Wilmer, would allow hunters to take deer and feral swine with the aid of bait, provided the person has purchased a bait privilege license from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The license would cost $14 a year, plus a $1 issuance fee.
The bill deletes “baited fields” from restrictions related to wildlife hunting. It also removes language requiring hunters to be more than 100 yards and out of line of sight of feeders.
The bill has been assigned to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, which previously approved a similar bill, SB 189, by the committee chair, Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.