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Q. Can I use liquid salt or other "INVISIBLE" bait for deer or elk? A. Many hunters make the mistake of thinking they can use salt water, for example, to attract deer or elk. Whether you can "see" an attractant or not is irrelevant. The regulation states it is unlawful to hunt "any game animal/bird by means of baiting with grain, salt in any form (liquid or solid), or any other substance (except liquid scents) to constitute an attraction or enticement, with the exception of applicable rules for the black bear baiting permit. The phrase "except liquid scents" DOES mean you can use items such as commercial deer scent, such as BUCKRUT or DOE-IN-HEAT. These are smell attractants to be distinguished from food items.