Commission votes to lift Michigan deer baiting ban - WNEM TV 5

Commission votes to lift Michigan deer baiting ban

Michigan's wildlife policymakers have voted to lift a ban on baiting and feeding whitetail deer in much of the state's Lower Peninsula.

The plan was approved by a 4-3 vote Thursday by the Natural Resources Commission. The panel also decided it will revisit the issue in three years.

Baiting and feeding have been banned in the Lower Peninsula since August 2008, when a deer with chronic wasting disease was found at a captive breeding farm in Kent County. No other cases have been reported.

The new plan allows baiting and feeding with limits in the Lower Peninsula except for a section of northeastern Michigan where bovine tuberculosis remains a problem.

Baiting would be allowed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1.

Policies allowing the practice in the Upper Peninsula continue.

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