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(WALB) - The Georgia Senate wants to remove baiting restrictions on South Georgia deer and hog hunters.

Right now, hunters can lay bait for deer and hogs but they have to be at least 200 yards away to hunt them.

Thursday, Senators passed a bill that would remove that distance limit.

Avid hunter Ray Abbott says he'll still hunt the old fashion way, but he thinks the bill is a good idea.

"The state wanting to bait deer is probably a big benefit to farmers because the deer population is getting big, it'll help the farmers save money by keeping their corn and peanut fields from being eaten up," said Ray Abbott, Hunter.

Opponents say the bill is unsportsmanlike and unethical.

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