Baiting Remains Illegal

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Legislation to allow hunters to put out bait to attract and kill deer has died after House and Senate negotiators could not reach a compromise.

The result is that hunting deer over bait will remain illegal for at least another season in Mississippi. Conferees failed to work out a compromise by the deadline.

The House had voted earlier in the session for a 30-county pilot project allowing hunting over grain through 2010.

The Senate had rewritten the bill to place the entire question of baiting into the hands of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.