In yesterday’s Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks meeting, members voted unanimously in favor of baiting deer.

The change came when a vote was taken on a proposal to remove language from the current supplemental feeding regulations that states hunters cannot hunt within the line of sight of a feeder. By removing that language, hunters will be able to shoot deer at feeders.

“It means the feeder no longer has to be hidden,” said Lann Wilf, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Deer Program leader. “It can be in plain view as long as it’s 100 yards (or more) away.”

Commission chairman Charles Rigdon said the proposal is a reflection of hunters’ opinions.

“We ran an email survey maybe two months ago,” Rigdon said. “The survey came back, if I remember correct, 62 percent in favor of that line of sight.

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