A $15 License to Bait Deer? One State is going to try it

It seems like the government is always trying to find ways to raise money. Alabama is trying something new. They are looking charge people to bait deer and hogs. A bill just passed the house and is now being considered by the senate.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jack Williams, R-Georgetown. Who wants to clarify a piece of legislation that was passed in 2016 that allowed for “supplemental feeding” as long as it was at least 100 yards away from the tree stand and not in the hunters direct line of sight.

The new bill does away with the distance and view requirement, but adds a twist. Each hunter who wants to hunt over bait will be required to buy a $15 yearly license in addition to buying a hunting license. The bill also is a supplement to the current baiting law, it doesn’t replace it, he said. So if hunters want to abide by the requirements that bait must be 100 yards away and out of the line of sight, they don’t have to purchase the $15 yearly bait license.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, $14 will go to the conservation department with $1 being an administrative fee for issuing the license. The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the conservation department is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and permits and matching federal funds from excise taxes paid on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and fishing tackle.

“We calculated that the annual license will raise between $1.2 and $1.5 million for the conservation department,” Williams said. “Like every other state agency, the conservation department needs more money.”

Baiting is already controversial in the hunting community with some hunter alimentally apposed while others see it as a legitimate practice.

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