September 25, 2022

Another Bill To Allow Hunting Over Bait in Mississippi

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The House passed a bill 63 – 46, that would permit hunters to shoot deer over grain. It now goes to the Senate for approval. Similar bills in the past have never made it out of the Senate because of a lack of reaching agreements and compromises.

The bill that came out of the House Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee, would have allowed the baiting in 24 Mississippi counties until 2010. But the house added more counties to the bill.

Proponents of the bill say it is another way to harverst the necessary number of deer and wouldn’t change much of anything that is taking place now. It is legal to feed deer with food plots and grain. It’s just that you can’t shoot a deer while it’s eating the grain.

Opponents say there is no sport in shooting deer over bait. During a House debate, Rep. John Hines, (D) from Greenville said, “Where’s the sport in shooting Bambi where she’s eating grain over a tub?”

Not that I am taking sides on this issue but Mr. Hines forgets that Bambi was a he not a she. I would suppose killing a girl is more tragic than shoot a boy and injecting a SHE inflames the debate.

If this bill passes the Senate, there will be 30 counties that would allow the practice. Those counties are:

Amite, Choctaw, Clarke, Copiah, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, Webster and Wilkinson.

Tom Remington