How far do I have to be from a feeder during hunting season?
Hunters must be at least 100 yards from a feeder that contains feed.
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.
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.
This is primarily to reduce conflict between adjoining landowners, lease holders, and hunt clubs.
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.