State's Deer Baiting Ban Could Come To An End 2-23-2011 - WNEM TV 5

State's Deer Baiting Ban Could Come To An End 2-23-2011

Three years ago, the rules changed for deer hunters across the state when officials banned baiting.
But now it appears they may be having a change of heart and are looking for the public’s input on whether that ban should be lifted in the Lower Peninsula.
The popular hunting method was banned three years ago after a case of chronic wasting disease was found in a deer in Kent County.
Since then, state wildlife officials have tested tens of thousands of deer and they haven't found any chronic wasting cases.
The deer baiting issue is a very polarizing matter, but one local hunter said he can understand both sides of the issue.
"I personally feel that a lift on the bait is beneficial to an older hunter perhaps, who can't get around the woods, but the deer, if you don't bait, travel more naturally,” said Albert Denhoff, who’s hunted deer for years.
The public hearings are the result of the state promising to revisit the issue when it instituted the ban in 2008.
Meanwhile one of the owners of a local sporting goods store is fairly certain that most hunters that visit his establishment would support lifting the bait ban.
"I think most of them are going to be pretty happy,” said Andy Gorske, with Frank’s Sporting Goods. “I think it can only be a win-win situation. Not everyone has a lot of time to go out and do a lot of scouting."
The Michigan Natural Resources commission could decide to lift the ban at a meeting this June in Lansing.
The first public hearing regarding lifting the deer bait ban will be on March 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Lansing Community College.
The second meeting will be on April 7 at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health in Lansing.
The third meeting will be held on May 12 in Genesee County. That meeting place has not yet been selected.
If you sign up in advance, you can speak for five minutes. If you sign up at the door, you'll get three minutes.
Who to contact to sign up to speak: Department of Natural Resources Executive Division Attention: Debbie Whipple P.O. BOX 30028 Lansing, MI 48909 517-373-2352
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