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TWS Informs Virginia’s Hunting over Bait Review
The Wildlife Society and the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society each submitted comments to a committee charged by the Virginia State’s legislature with reviewing current policies that prohibit hunting over bait in the state. The committee requested the Society’s input in its review.
The letters pulled heavily from TWS’s Technical Review and Position Statement on Baiting & Supplemental Feeding, as well as recent studies to outline the known impacts of using bait. TWS asked the committee to fully consider the positive and negative impacts baiting would have on wildlife and hunters – including increased harvest success, disease transmission risks, and potential habitat damage – in its review.