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Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 3:42am

Deal OK's Deer, Hog Baiting in South Georgia

Updated: 3 years ago.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation removing baiting restrictions on south Georgia deer and hog hunters. Hunters had been able to hunt with bait, but had to stay 200 yards away. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Friday that removes baiting restrictions on south Georgia deer and hog hunters.

Hunters had been able to lay bait for deer and hogs but were only permitted to hunt them from 200 yards away.

The new law (HB 277) removes the distance restrictions but only in the southern part of the state.

Opponents labeled such hunting unsportsmanlike and unethical. But supporters said it will attract hunters to the area.

The bill stirred passionate debate in the House and the Senate during the legislative session.