North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is reminding hunters about baiting restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease.
It's illegal to hunt big game over bait or to place bait to attract big game for the purpose of hunting on both public and private land in deer units 3A1, 3A2, 3A3 north of N.D. Highway 2, 3B1, 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. Placing of bait for any purpose also is prohibited on state and federal lands.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease of deer, moose and elk that can cause long-term population declines if left unchecked. Hunting units in northwestern North Dakota have been added to the restriction zone following the detection of the disease in those areas in the past year.
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Hunting over bait is defined as the placement and/or use of baits for attracting big game and other wildlife to a specific location for the purpose of hunting. Baits include but are not limited to grains, minerals, salts, fruits, vegetables, hay, or any other natural or manufactured foods.