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    Food Plots - Legal In Pennsylvania?

    Just wondering if food plots are legal in Pa, or do they consider it baiting since it's not already growing there?



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    If you are not hunting over it it couldn't be considered baiting.
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    perfectly legal
    As long as you plant it and it grows its fine wether its 10 sq feet or a 1000 acres
    Now buy it in a bag and dump it on the ground and youre in trouble

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    this is why hunting over minerals in PA is borderline...it doesnt grow but it isnt bait
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    It better be legal. The PAGC puts food plots on game lands.

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    You are good to go if you plant a plot and hunt over it here in this great Commonwealth.
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    Straight from the PA Hunting Digest

    "Taking Advantage of Food or Bait: It is unlawful to hunt in or around
    any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt,
    chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used, or have been used
    within the past 30 days, as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless
    of the type or quantity. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the
    hunting area has not been baited before they begin hunting. They should
    physically inspect the area and question landowners, guides and caretakers.
    This section does not pertain to hunting near areas where accepted
    farming or habitat management practices are taking place (example: hunting
    near food plots on game lands is legal). Any natural or manmade nonliving
    bait can be used to attract coyotes for hunting or trapping."

    In short food plots and orchards are fine to hunt but anything else including minerals is a no go in PA.

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    It is unlawful to hunt in or around
    any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt,
    chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used, or have been used
    within the past 30 days,
    as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless
    of the type or quantity.


    What does the 30 days thing mean? Does that mean if the bait, food, hay, etc was placed within the past 30 days or does it mean if animals have been eating it within the past 30 days......or is it both? I thought I recall reading something in the game laws about it being legal to hunt in an area that had bait as long as the bait was removed at least 30 days ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicko View Post
    It is unlawful to hunt in or around
    any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt,
    chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used, or have been used
    within the past 30 days,
    as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless
    of the type or quantity.


    What does the 30 days thing mean? Does that mean if the bait, food, hay, etc was placed within the past 30 days or does it mean if animals have been eating it within the past 30 days......or is it both? I thought I recall reading something in the game laws about it being legal to hunt in an area that had bait as long as the bait was removed at least 30 days ago.
    depends. if you put corn out, you have to stop within 30 days but if some is left and you get busted, good luck explaining they didnt eat it all but you dumped it 30 days prior.

    salt mineral sites... are supposed to be placed in tubs. salt stays for a long time. ive had sites go inactive in the fall, come spring theyre hitting it again without adding a thing.

    they WILL come out and take a soil sample if they think youre using salt and send it away for analysis.

    anything you pour on the ground and cant remove 30 days prior to season will get you a fine.

    you cant dump a pile of apples but you can hunt an apple orchard

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    if you put out minerals in May....and the deer pound it all the way through Oct

    can you still hunt over it if you never refreshned it?? the way it reads...i would say yes
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    if they find salt in the soil then its bait other minerals too food plots are ok apple trees are good funnels into a cornfeild rule

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAstringking View Post
    if you put out minerals in May....and the deer pound it all the way through Oct

    can you still hunt over it if you never refreshned it?? the way it reads...i would say yes
    you might not think salt is there, but it is. you WILL get a fine if they find you hunting over it. then, they will post the area as being baited and i dont think you can hunt it for 60 days.

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