The document defines a baited area as "any area where salt, grains or other feeds have been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered if they could serve as a lure or attraction for migratory game birds."
Kilgo said that in Georgia, the distance a person can hunt from a baited area is defined in state law. He said, "You can't take game birds within 200 yards of any place where any corn, wheat, or other grains, or bait has been placed. It's a misdemeanor. Check Code Section 17-10-4 for details."
Kilgo said conservation rangers can require land owners to put up signs identifying areas as, "No Hunting, Baited Field," and such signs must remain for 10 days after bait is removed. Kilgo said the printing on such signs must be clearly visible to a person with normal eyesight from a distance of at least 50 yards, and enough signs should be put up to provide reasonable notice to hunters that the field or area is baited.
Georgia Bird Hunting: Other Infractions
Hunting-citation figures highlight some other areas that account for the bulk of wingshooting violations in recent seasons.
— Bird hunting without a license is a common oversight. “Some hunters may feel the risk of being caught without the proper documentation isn’t that high,” Kilgo said, “but the cost of a license sure beats the cost of a citation.”
— Exceeding the bag/possession limit nabs a bunch of hunters, Kilgo said. He emphasized that shooting a limit of doves in the morning and then again in the afternoon is a violation. Also, hunters shouldn’t share birds to manipulate the possession bag limits.
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