Legislation aimed at reducing damage from deer and feral swine passed the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee Wednesday.
HB 21 by Rep. Jack Williams, R-Wilmer, would allow the harvest of whitetail deer and feral swine using bait, provided the hunter has purchased a special license. The bill establishes procedures for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to issue a baiting privilege license. The license would cost $15 for in-state hunters and $50 for out-of-state sportsmen.
Current law allows the feeding of feral swine and deer if the feed is beyond 100 yards and not in line of sight of the hunter. However, interpretation and enforcement of the rule has varied.
Williams’ bill passed 6-1 and awaits final action in the Senate. (Federation Monitoring)