Michigan DNRE Feeding Ban Still in Place

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The State of Michigan successfully appealed an Otsego County district court's decision to dismiss an illegal deer feeding case against a Gaylord man, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced.

The 46th Circuit Court vacated the district court's April 2010 opinion that the State's deer feeding ban in the Lower Peninsula was "unconstitutionally vague," ruling that the district court came to that conclusion incorrectly by failing to examine the facts specific to the case. However, after the circuit court ruling was made, the Otsego County prosecutor dismissed the case.

"The baiting and feeding ban in the Lower Peninsula is an important measure in protecting the state's deer and elk herds from the spread of disease, and keeping wildlife healthy for the next generation of hunters and recreational wildlife viewers," said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries.

A DNRE conservation officer investigated Ken Borton in 2009 after receiving complaints from the public about Borton's webcam, which showed deer frequenting his bird feeders. Borton was cited by the DNRE for illegally feeding deer.

The DNRE reminds hunters and recreational wildlife viewers that the baiting and feeding ban is in effect throughout the Lower Peninsula and was not repealed or rescinded in any way relative to this case. For more information on the baiting and feeding ban, go online to www.michigan.gov/hunting.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.


cscott711's picture

It is really amazing to me

It is really amazing to me how big of a fight that many are putting up against the baiting ban.  I didn't bait before and don't bait now and I just don't see how people can't roll with it and learn to modify their hunting style.  The problem is that there is still a real baiting problem in Michigan.  It is readily available still as almost every gas station and party store sells bags of apples, carrots, corn, and sugar beets.  The least the state could do is stop stores from selling it to remove the blatant temptation from hunters eyes.  

I believe this is the third year of the baiting ban and I wish people would let it go and focus on petitioning to change harvest restrictions by implementing and OBR, EAB, or APR rule.  I would be happy with any of those right now, although OBR would be my favorite selection.  Our state just needs to manage the herd in a better fashion and on a local scale.  If deer numbers increased and the size of deer increased, then the baiting issue would fade into history.