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and what isn't always can be answered
by the law.

What is baiting?
Under Pennsylvania law, it generally
is unlawful to hunt in or around any area
where artificial or natural bait, hay, grain,
fruit, nut, salt, chemical, mineral or other
food - including their residues - are used
or have been used within the past 30 days
as an enticement to lure game or wildlife.
It doesn't matter how much or how
little of a product is being used or has
been used in an area. If it's been used
there within the past 30 days, or if residue
remains, hunting there is off limits.
The requirement for residue to be
removed is deserving of deeper examination, said Thomas P. Grohol, who heads
up the Game Commission's law-enforcement bureau.
Some hunters in the offseason will
place apples or salt blocks in their fall
hunting areas in attempt to bring deer
in front of their trail cameras and inventory what lives there, Grohol said. Such
a practice is lawful, as long as the bait
isn't placed within a Disease Management Area, where it's illegal to feed deer
intentionally, or it's not attracting bears
or elk, the feeding of which is prohibited
statewide.
But the type of bait used in an area outside of hunting season might also dictate
when the area can be hunted, Grohol said.
"If you're dealing with apples, deer
will eat them completely and there's not
going to be any remaining residue," he
said. "So as long as they were gone from
an area at least 30 days prior to someone
hunting there, no law has been broken.
"But if a salt or mineral block was
placed out, it undoubtedly was rained
upon and that salt or mineral seeped into
50

the soil," Grohol said. "Evidence that
residue remains might very well be obvious to investigating officers, too, because
such areas often continue to draw deer
and other wildlife that will root and dig
for that residue in the ground. In such a
case, the hunter would need to excavate
that ground and haul all of it out of the
area, and then after 30 days, hunting could
take place there."
Of course, none of that is an option on
state game lands, where the feeding of
wildlife is prohibited.
But on private lands, it's something
hunters must consider.
Grohol said that, under the law, it
doesn't matter if a hunter caught in a
baited area placed the bait or not. Each
hunter is responsible for ensuring an area
has not been baited prior to hunting there.
"In addition to physically inspecting
their hunting areas to make sure they're
free of bait, hunters are encouraged to
question the owners or caretakers of
properties where they hunt to drill down
deeper into the possibility the area has
been baited," Grohol said.
Nothing in the law that prohibits
baiting pertains to normal or accepted
farming, habitat-management practices,
oil-and-gas drilling, mining, forest-management activities or other legitimate
commercial or industrial practices.
Hunters may hunt in areas with agricultural crops or where treetops have been
felled by loggers. If they have permission,
they can even plant their own crops, food
plots and trees, and hunt there lawfully,
Grohol said.
"What is illegal are those baits that are
brought into an area and placed out, then
not cleaned up in their entirety within 30
days prior to hunting there," he said.
If bait is found on the ground, the law
requires the area be closed to hunting for



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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
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