Game Commission Eliminates Deer Baiting In Southeastern PA Counties

Game Commission Eliminates Deer Baiting In Southeastern PA Counties

Deer Baiting No Longer an Option in PA
Deer Baiting No Longer an Option in PA
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, PA –-(AmmoLand.com)- Based on a recommendation from staff, the Board of Game Commissioners today took action to eliminate regulations that allowed deer hunters to use bait in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, to increase hunter harvest in these largely-developed, high-conflict areas.

The Board accomplished this by allowing the sunset provision to take effect, thereby automatically striking the option from regulations.

In 2006, as recommended in the Game Commission’s Urban/Suburban Deer Management Plan, the Board approved the use of bait. However, before giving the regulation final adoption, the Board included a sunset provision that required a future Board to revisit the issue by March 31, 2010.

“After evaluating the impact of baiting on hunting deer populations in these suburban/urban areas, the staff determined that there has been no positive impact,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director.

“With no benefit from the option to use bait, the staff recommended that the Board eliminate this regulation by simply allowing the sunset provision to take effect.”

Baiting has long been illegal for all big game, small game, waterfowl and migratory game birds in other parts of the state. The only legal use of bait is for trapping and hunting of furbearers.

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donald mower
donald mower
4 years ago

Our farm is over run by deer they ate our crops all year ,I repaired fences 5 or more, Two people were just killed when car hit deer we have to pickup dead deer along our road. I gave a 82 year old man with heart trouble permission to hunt, he put a few apples out . He cooperated with wardens cleaned up those few same day and still gets fined. We WERE in the co-operative game program.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago
Reply to  donald mower

Mr. Mower,
I live near Hershey, PA and would like an opportunity to discuss with you being able to hunt your property. I use archery or shotgun, whichever you would prefer.

Thank you
Chris

Robert Krawiec
7 years ago

People will bait whether its legal or not, anyone who thinks baiting doesnt work is doing it wrong. Its illegal to bait in Minnesot but you can put in food plots. Crazy…..

randy
randy
7 years ago

whats good for one is good for all

bowman
bowman
8 years ago

seems if there were no noticable effects, then why is it illigal in the rest of the state.

you have just proven this with your trial effect . other states dont have a problem with baiting, just seems that PA has to have so many different changes to confuse sportsman that it is not even enjoyable to go hunting anymore