Bill making its way through legislature which would allow deer hunting over bait

Bill making its way through legislature which would allow deer hunting over bait

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A bill is making its way through the state legislature which would allow for the hunting of deer over bait which, traditionally, has been illegal.

That bill passed the state house on Thursday. Some say hunting over bait takes the sport out of the game.

Other say people who fish get to use bait so why can't we?

For decades using food or bait to attract deer was a costly venture if you got caught by the game warden.

The Alabama legislature may soon give everyone a free pass to do it.

Jackson County Representative Tommy Hanes voted against it. He feels it doesn't teach children anything about the sport of hunting.

He says for those saying they are going hunting they might as well say they're going killing.

A local outdoor shop owner in Guntersville feels the state has been headed toward legalizing it with small changes in the rules over the last few years.

"If it didn't exist at all I would be for that or if they can't stop people from doing it, you know they might as well legalize it you know. That's just kind of my opinion," says Greg Wray, owner of Guntersville Tackle & Outdoors.

Wray says several other states around Alabama have already approved hunting over bait legal in their states.

The bill now heads to the state senate.

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