Currently, hunters can set bait for deer and hogs, but are only allowed to hunt them from 200 yards away.
The bill removes the distance restrictions. Those who opposed the bill called it unsportsmanlike and unethical.
Some Middle Georgia hunting experts are downplaying it, and believe the law won't change the dynamic of
"The fact that it's going to be legal to hunt over bait doesn't mean that I have to. It's just going to be an option for people to take. There's still going to be a lot of people who don't believe in it, those people are not going to. The people who do believe in it are going to partake. So it's not that we're being forced to and there's no reason for anybody to be upset about it," said Joel Smith of Bass Pro Shops.
The Georgia House voted 110 to 39 Thursday, in favor of the changes made in the Senate. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature.