Using Mineral Supplements: Check Your Baiting Laws

John J. from Missouriwrites to ask about putting mineral supplements out for deer. “I know baiting is not legal in Missouri,but can I put out mineral blocks?”

Dr. Dave Samuel
Dr. Dave Samuel

Yes, you can, but you need to be careful. Mineralsupplements that contain artificial sweeteners and/or any grainby-products ARE NOT legal. And there are a lot of new products on the marketthat contain lots of minerals, but also contain grains and sweeteners thatattract deer. Thus, hunters need to know the laws in each state and theyneed to read the labels on mineral products they buy.

There is a reallyneat article, “Mineral Licks For Deer” found on thewebsite, summarizes the laws in a number of states. In addition, you can get afull listing of baiting laws at

Good luck!

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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