Public Notice Number W-3796 (Supplemental
Feeding of White-tailed Deer)
What is a Complete Pelletized
Complete Pelletized Ration is a feed mixture in the form of a
pellet that is nutritionally adequate for deer and containing at
least 16% crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, vitamins,
minerals, and does not contain any animal byproducts. (Examples of
Complete Pelletized Rations: Milk Flow Dairy pellets, Purina Antler
Max, Sportsman's Choice Record Rack, Red Head On-Track Premium
Feed, Antler King© Pelleted Deer and Elk Feed)
How far do I have to be from a feeder during
Hunters must be at least 100 yards from a feeder that contains
feed. Additionally, the feeder may not be in the hunter's
line of sight.
What is "within the line of sight"? What
does this mean?
Within the line of sight means being hidden from view by natural
vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features. For
example: The feeder is behind a dense clump of trees; the feeder is
over a hill; a mound has been pushed in a field and the feeder is
behind the mound.
Why do I have to use an above ground covered
This is so the feed will not sit on the ground in piles.
When feed is piled on the ground there is more opportunity for
moisture to come in contact with the feed which can cause it to
mold and sour.
Then why can I use a spin cast feeder?
They allow feed to touch the ground.
Yes they do allow feed to come in contact with the ground, but
the feed is distributed in a manner so it is not piled. Deer
can remove most of the feed the feeder distributes each time it
turns on. This will reduce the likelihood that the feed with
mold or sour.
Why do I have to put my feeder 100 yards
away from my property line?
This is primarily to reduce conflict between adjoining
landowners, lease holders, and hunt clubs.
Why can't I put a feeder on public
Once again, this is to reduce conflict between hunters. If
feeding were allowed on public land, a hunter who put up a feeder
could "claim" that area as their hunting area. Also, it would
be extremely difficult to know where all of the feeders were
located on public land. Due to this, you could be hunting in
violation and not know it.