Michigan Commission May Remove Ban on Baiting, Feeding Deer
Removing the ban of baiting and feeding deer is up for a final vote by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. This would allow hunters to use up to 2 gallons of feed at hunting sites in the Lower Peninsula, except where bovine tuberculosis is still an issue. Recreational feeding of deer would also be allowed in non-bovine TB areas. Baiting and feeding has been banned in the Lower Peninsular since 2008 when a deer was found with chronic wasting disease at a captive breeding farm.
Hunters have been divided on baiting of deer, some say it makes it easier to bag their buck and is a valuable tool, while others say it has made deer feed at night when they cannot be hunted and that baiting is unethical. Both sides state that the ban was widely ignored because the $50 fine was not a big deterrent according to The Times Herald.
The policy on which the Natural Resources Commission will vote next month includes a request to the Legislature for stiffer fines and hunting license suspensions for those who exceed the baiting limits, Mary Dettloff said, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.