What is baiting and what is considered a baited field? These are the most common questions I get from migratory bird hunters. The first thing you must remember is that hunting migratory birds over bait is both a federal and a state violation in every state in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), “Baiting is the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain, or other feed that could lure or attract waterfowl to, on, or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them.”
Additionally, according to the USFWS, “A baited area is any area on which salt, grain, or other feed has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered, if that salt, grain, or feed could serve as a lure or attraction for waterfowl.”
It is important to remember that it is up to each hunter to know the laws and regulations of each species he or she is hunting. Follow the rules and you will not have to worry when that game warden suddenly shows up!