Michigan NRC Votes to Remove Baiting Ban from Presque Isle County and Southern Iosco County

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Deer hunters will be allowed to use bait in Presque Isle County and southern Iosco County in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487, after the Natural Resources Commission changed regulations at its meeting in East Lansing today (Nov. 10). Recreational feeding of deer in DMU 487 remains prohibited.

The NRC - which has authority for determining acceptable means and methods of take for hunting in Michigan - had previously reversed a three-year ban on baiting deer in the Lower Peninsula, but maintained the prohibition in the six-county DMU 487 in the northeastern Lower Peninsula. DMU 487 is the area where biologists are most concerned about bovine tuberculosis in the deer herd.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, recently changed the status of Presque Isle and Iosco counties, regarding tuberculosis in the cattle herd. As a result, only the four core counties of DMU 487 - Montmorency, Alpena, Alcona and Oscoda - remain in the Modified Accredited Zone, which require additional tuberculosis testing for cattle shipped from the area.

In the interest of maintaining consistency between baiting regulations and TB-testing requirements in the area of concern, the NRC decided to lift the bait ban in parts of DMU 487. Effective immediately, hunters may use up to two gallons of bait in Presque Isle County and in southern Iosco County. Baiting remains illegal in the northern tier of townships - Oscoda, Plainfield, Wilber, Au Sable and Baldwin - in Iosco County and in Montmorency, Alpena, Alcona and Oscoda counties.

Hunters are reminded that they may use no more than two gallons of bait per hunting site and bait must be distributed over a 100-square-foot area. Bait is defined as any substance - including mineral blocks or salt licks - that is intended to be ingested.

The Department of Natural Resources prefers that hunters not use bait. Baiting regulations are designed to minimize both nose-to-nose contact, as well as indirect contact, among animals. Hunters who use bait are asked to move their bait sites periodically to prevent repeatedly drawing animals to the same location.

An informational video has been produced by the DNR and Michigan United Conservation Clubs about the legal way to bait deer in Michigan. A link to the video can be found on the DNR's website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Interesting that the state


Interesting that the state is changing its stance on baiting.  I have to agree that the baiting found on private property was most likely continued long after the rule was first introduced.  Heck I remember driving through parts of Michigan and reading all of the signs for deer carrots, beets, or corn for sale.  Much of which was most likely used to feed and bait for deer.

Their new regulation of no more than 2 pounds of "bait" within a 100 square foot area (10 feet X 10 feet) does focus on spreading the bait out.  The video link that is provided does a great job of detailing the regulations.

I am personally more for growing a feed plot versus spreading bait on the ground.  Regardless on use or no use of bait, good luck to all of the Michigan deer hunters out there!



hunter25's picture

I get tired of the whoel

I get tired of the whoel baiting ban ups and downs. Most of the state it's okay now again and I didn't even realize there were some off limits areas still. I have heard that even when the ban was in full effect it did little to stop the use of bait. Most of the area is private and guys kept doing it anyway. Definately wrong to do this but I'm sure it happened some. It looks now like what is left is more political than anything else. I know TB is a big concern but not sure if they know how ot control it. You don't stop the measures you have taken as it slowly looks better, unless of course you were wrong in the first place and it wasn't working.