Michigan deer baiting ban officially lifted

The Michigan DNR Natural Resource Commission has voted to lift the baiting ban in the Lower Peninsula.

The commission put the ban in place in 2008 after the state discovered a deer with CWD. The proposal will lift the baiting and feeding ban, with restrictions.

It will limit the amount of bait hunters can use at 2 gallons on the ground at a time. Baiting will be limited to the regular hunting season and would still be banned in counties where it is not allowed because of Bovine Tuberculosis. Feeding will only be allowed within 100 yards of an occupied building.

Supporters say populations are strong enough to handle baiting,  and CWD and BTB will be problems regardless of baiting.

So like it or not, hunters can bait once again in lower Michigan.