Alabama hunters can now use bait for wild game for as long as they carry hunting licenses with them for this technique, CBS42 reported. Authorities have approved the bait privilege licenses for those into hunting white-tailed deer and feral pigs.
The licenses are now being issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources after the state legislate approved this last month. The license will cover feral pigs and white-tailed deer being hunted through using baits on leased or private lands. Using baits in public lands remain prohibited.
Get the license online
According to the news story, hunters of these species can acquire the bait privilege license from online websites. These licenses are sold at $15 for resident individual hunters and $51 for non-resident hunters. The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund conservation efforts and initiatives in the area.
Before the new law, hunters were asked to stay more than 100 years away from corn piles in the state set for these animals, and the piles should not be in the line of sight of the hunter. With the law in place, it also has provisions that let the conservation department to also suspend the bait license whenever needed.
The licenses have an annual expiration on the 31st of August. This means that those who buy the licenses before this date will have to go through a renewal process before the start of the annual deer hunting season.
Meanwhile, in a New York Post report, three men in Montana have been sentenced for illegal mountain lion hunting at Yellowstone National Park. This case has been going on since December 12th, 2018 when 20-year-old Austin Peterson, 20-year-old Trey Juhnke, and 19-year-old Corbin Simmons shot a mountain lion in a marked area of the park. They took the mountain lion beyond the border and loaded it to their truck.
These individuals violated the 1894 Lacey Act from the National Park Service. The act prohibits the hunting, selling, and buying of wildlife from protected areas like those at Yellowstone.
A few days ago, Peterson was admitted to a probation of three years, through which he is banned from hunting, fishing, and trapping in any place in the world. Junhke and Simmons have received different forms of sentences, but are also heavy ones.
“Their thorough work spotlighted this egregious act and the consequences incurred for hunting illegally in Yellowstone National Park,” Chief Ranger Pete Webster remarked, thanking the agencies for turning over these hunters to the authorities.