Michigan Reversal of Deer Baiting Ban Moves Forward
The ban on the ban is a little closer today - but, with Opening Day tomorrow, it won't happen this season. Yesterday, the Michigan Senate voted to end the ban on deer baiting. According to MLive.com, the Senate voted Wednesday to let hunters bait deer during hunting season and let people feed deer throughout the year, but added some restrictions on the amount and size of bait, through amendments. This means the re-worded bill will now go back to the House for review.
Of course, this baiting ban was put in place in an effort to keep deer away from each other so they wouldn't infect each other with CWD. Michigan DNR officials say research shows that baiting and feeding increases the likelihood of disease transmission. I'm confident this bill will get passed and by next fall, deer-baiting and feeding will be back in Michigan.
Just (probably) not this season.