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Kansas Wildlife Commissioners Consider Restricting Game Baiting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – Kansas wildlife commissioners are exploring whether to restrict hunters from setting out bait to lure deer and other game. Most Midwestern states ban or limit baiting.

Among 13 Midwestern states, only Kansas allows unregulated baiting of animals such as deer for hunting, photography and viewing on private land. Other states either ban baiting or limit its use.

Some states took action because an illness similar to Mad Cow Disease is spreading among deer. Bait causes animals to gather in large groups, where disease spreads more easily than it otherwise would.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will hold town-hall meetings to gather feedback on possible regulations. The proposal is expected to draw opposition from landowners who cater to tourists visiting the state to hunt or photograph wildlife.