Is it illegal to hunt spring turkeys in an area near a mineral block for deer or a deer carcass placed by a coyote hunter? It seems obvious that these items would not entice turkeys, but reading the regulation it is not clear that it would be legal.
a) General rule. - Except as otherwise provided in this title, it is unlawful for any person to hunt or aid, abet, assist or conspire to hunt any game or wildlife through the use of:
(8) Any artificial or natural bait, hay, grain, fruit, nut, salt, chemical, mineral or other food as an enticement for game or wildlife, regardless of kind and quantity, or take advantage of any such area or food or bait prior to 30 days after the removal of such material and its residue.
Thanks for your answer. I had always assumed that was the case, but when I read the digest language:
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.
it was not clear that the bait needed to be to entice what you were hunting for or whether enticement of any wildlife would completely prohibit hunting in an area. I was also confused by the Game Commission signs that I had seen posted in an area this fall that I think said No Hunting - Baited Area. I assume again that hunting would only be prohibited for those species attracted to the bait (not including coyotes).
I hated to beat a dead horse, but this issue has always seemed extremely fuzzy legally - kind of like the "you know it when you see it test" for pornography. I should have consulted the code rather than the digest as the slight difference in wording makes the intent much clearer in the code.