Deer baiting proposal gets final approval, to take effect Nov. 1


  

In a 4-1 vote on Wednesday, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks finalized an amendment to supplemental feeding of wildlife regulations to allow the hunting of deer over feed so along as the hunter is 100 yards or more away from the feeder.

The vote was initially unanimous, but commissioner Scott Coopwood changed his vote when he realized he had mistaken the rule he was voting for.

The proposal was passed during the commission’s August meeting where a change was adopted to allow a wildlife feeder to be in the line of sight of hunters. In the earlier regulations, feeders were required to be 100 yards or more away from a hunter and obscured from a hunter’s view by terrain or some other natural feature.

The final passage of the regulation change didn’t surprise D.R. Bozeman of Flora who attended the meeting to voice opposition.

“It was what I expected them to do,” Bozeman said. “It’s what they wanted, and it’s what they got.

“I think their mind was made up and there was nothing we could do.”

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