Hank Williams Jr. appeared before the Alabama Senate Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Committee on Wednesday (March 18), to express his support for a hunting-related bill.

The bill would allow Alabama's hunters to use corn and other bait when deer hunting. According to AL.com, Williams Jr. defended the use of bait, saying that it is helpful when hunting with a child, a disabled person or an injured veteran, for example, to lure the deer with such items, so that those types of hunters can have a successful trip.

The bill, presented by Sen. Tom Whatley, received sharp criticism from several senators but was passed by the committee by a 9-2 vote and will now go to the Alabama state senate.

"This country boy doesn't need the bait," said Sen. Paul Sanford, who was against the bill, causing Williams Jr. to reply that he doesn't use bait either.

Legislators in support of the bill cited the unusually large number of deer that are currently populating Alabama as a reason to pass the piece of legislation.

The "I Fought the Law" singer is passionate about hunting and hunts often with Kid Rock, who owns property near Williams Jr.'s land in Alabama.

"We love to hunt and fish and just have good times without talking about the music business," Willams Jr. tells MLive.com.

Williams Jr. is set to headline the fifth annual NRA (National Rifle Association) Country Jam on April 10 in Nashville, Tenn., where Colt Ford will also perform. Event information, as well as a list of Williams Jr.'s other upcoming shows, is available on his website.

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