New Bait / salt lick/mineral Ban for KY

Ive not seen much about this new proposed bait ban for KY. being discussed.

the new rules extends the turkey feed ban until 8-1 and also changed the products to include
salt, mineral and any wildlife attractant.

Id bet that there is a complete ban on salt, mineral , feed on all game within 3-4 years.

Details , pasted below.

New proposed regs that would extend ban any feeding from 3-1 to 8-1 of each year, and also included salt, mineral and any wildlife attractant in the ban.
The commenting period is closed, but if you disagree, you should reach out to your commissioner, in a polite way of course.
The reg with changes proposed will be copied and pasted to this post, with changes in bold or line under or thru them.

301 KAR 2:015.Feeding of wildlife.
KRS 150.015 requires the department to protect and conserve the wildlife of this Commonwealth. KRS 150.025(1)(h) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of KRS Chapter 150. This administrative regulation establishes restrictions on the feeding of wildlife that will serve to protect wildlife from disease and toxic substances that may cause harm to the wildlife population if left unregulated. EO 2008-516, effective June 16, 2008, reorganizes and renames the Commerce Cabinet as the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY:
Section 1.
"Captivity" means confinement by fence or other structure, or restraint intended to prevent escape.(2)
"Curtilage of the home" means the area encompassing the grounds immediately surrounding any home or group of homes used in the daily activities of domestic life, and may or may not be enclosed by a fence or other barrier, and includes areas occupied by captive cervids as established in 301 KAR 2:083 and wildlife held in captivity for rehabilitation purposes as established in 301 KAR 2:075 or held in captivity as established in 301 KAR 2:081 and 2:082.(3)
"Feeding" means willingly, wantonly, or knowingly depositing, distributing, or scattering of shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, millet, milo, safflower seed, sunflower seed, salt, mineral, or other attractants, thistle, wheat, or other grain, or any manufactured feed or food product to be consumed by wildlife, but shall not include the establishment and maintenance of plantings for wildlife, foods found scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural planting practices or harvesting practices, foods available to wildlife through normal agricultural practices of livestock feeding if the areas are occupied by livestock actively consuming the feed on a daily basis, or standing farm crops under normal agricultural practices.Section 2.
Recreational Feeding of Wildlife.(1)
Wildlife shall not be fed from March 1 through JulyMay 31 except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section.(2)
Wildlife may only be fed year- round:(a)
In public areas that is not open to legal hunting or trapping, unless otherwise prohibited by statute, administrative regulation, or municipal ordinance;(b)
Within the curtilage of the home; and(c)
In a zoo or other facility that lawfully keeps or exhibits wildlife for rehabilitation, rescue, or public viewing.(3)
Fish may be fed year- round.Section 3.
Chronic Wasting Disease. In a department-designated Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Zone or Management Zone county, specified on the department's Web site at, persons shall not bait or feed using grain, salt, mineral, or other ingested attractants, except that the following shall be exempted:(1)
Normal agricultural practices;(2)
Wildlife food plots or plantings;(3)
Bird feeders within the curtilage of the home; and(4)
RICH STORM, Commissioner
APPROVED BY AGENCY: October 14, 2022
FILED WITH LRC: October 14, 2022 at 11:13 a.m.
PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on December 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at KDFWR Administration Building, 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by five workdays prior to the hearing, of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing was received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. A transcript of the public hearing will not be made unless a written request for a transcript is made. If you do not wish to be heard at the public hearing, you may submit written comments on the proposed administrative regulation. Written comments shall be accepted through December 31, 2022. Send written notification of intent to be heard at the public hearing or written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to the contact person.
CONTACT PERSON: CONTACT PERSON: Jenny Gilbert, Legislative Liaison, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, 1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky (502) 564-3400, fax (502) 564-0506, email [email protected].


10 pointer
May 1, 2014
What is their reasoning behind the ban? CWD having anything to do with it? I quit feeding years ago because couldn't keep the bears away but I still put out a couple mineral blocks every spring and the again in the fall. Guess we'll have to plant some food plots.
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12 pointer
Jul 28, 2008
What is their reasoning behind the ban? CWD having anything to do with it? I quit feeding years ago because couldn't keep the bears away but I still put out a couple mineral blocks every spring and the again in the fall. Guess we'll have to plant some food plots.
There’s CWD concerns. Especially with mineral licks. One of the ways it spreads is saliva. Bait piles are also a concern when it comes to turkey predation. Concentration of predators and prey issue. I’d be all for doing away with baiting but that’s just me personally. I know opinions differ


12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
Western Ky.
Not quit sure how you enforce the salt thing. Two of my sites have not been refreshed since August 2021 and deer still hit them both daily.
Exactly. Salt stays in the ground for years. Even after flood water covers it. You would have to dig it up with a backhoe to remove it.

Baiting does no more to spread disease than a licking branch or just day to day contact. Deer live nose to nose.

Some hunters have no way to put in a food plot. Either equipment or access to the spot or terrain not suitable. Then the farm next to them may put in huge food plots and draw all the deer to them and they could do nothing about it.

People will continue to bait and you don’t have enough law dogs to check everything. So now just the few that will actually follow the law will be at a disadvantage. It’s too entrenched in how people hunt now.


12 pointer
Apr 7, 2015
Buy a bag of humics and spread it around your feed areas, and through your mineral lick if you are worried bout CWD. Humics kills the spores if they even exist.