Georgia DNR: Hunting Turkeys Over Bait is Illegal; Grady County Hunters Busted

In the State of Georgia, hunting turkeys over bait is illegal – but some hunters may not have gotten the memo.  Although the state amended the law a few years back, allowing corn piles for deer hunters, the same does not apply to hunters hitting the woods after Ol Tom.

Any person who takes any big game animal, other than deer, within 200 yards of any place where any corn, wheat, or other grains, salts, apples, or other feed or bait has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction, or enticement for any game bird or game animal shall, upon conviction of thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and shall be punished as provided by Code Section 17-10-4. — Georgia Code – O.C.G.A. § 27-3-9

The Georgia DNR was busy during opening weekend of turkey season in Georgia.  According to a DNR facebook post, 30 violators were written citations for hunting over bait.  Not only were the hunters issued a ticket, they were subject to losing the bird they bagged as well.

In Grady County, DNR Game Warden Taylor Brown and Corporal Steve Thomas confiscated two birds that were bagged over bait.

Opening weekend was productive for turkey hunters in southwest Georgia.  According to the Georgia DNR Hunter’s toolbox, 18 harvested birds have been registered in Grady County so far in 2019. Decatur county hunters have killed 14 birds and Thomas County hunters have taken 26.

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