Thursday, June 09, 2011

Michigan NRC voted 4-3 to lift the baiting and feeding ban LP

The Natural Resources Commission has voted 4-3 to lift the baiting and feeding ban in the Lower Peninsula, except in DMU 487, AKA the TB Zone, where baiting and feeding will remain prohibited. Only 2 gallons may be scattered at any one time in a 10 foot by 10 foot square area, this limit applies to both baiting AND recreational feeding. Additional details will be posted as they become available.


June 10, 2011

Contact: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Natural Resources Commission Votes to Lift Deer Baiting Ban

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission on Thursday voted 4-3 to lift the current deer baiting and feeding ban in the state’s Lower Peninsula. The ban had been in place since 2008, when Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was detected in a deer at a private deer breeding facility in Kent County.

Baiting will still be prohibited in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487, the six-county Bovine Tuberculosis zone in northeastern Lower Michigan. The counties where baiting will continue to be prohibited are Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle.

The NRC approved a proposal to allow baiting in limited quantities from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. Hunters may place any type of bait, no more than two gallons at a time, across a 10-foot by 10-foot area per hunting location.

The NRC also reinstated recreational feeding of deer in the Lower Peninsula, with the exception of DMU 487. Property owners may place two gallons of bait on their property within 100 yards of their residence year-around.

The NRC also placed a three-year sunset on the regulations, which means it will reconsider the baiting issue again in 2014.

In 2008, the Department of Natural Resources announced it had detected the state’s first case of CWD in a three year-old female deer at a private deer breeding facility in Kent County. At the time, the Department followed protocol as outlined in the state’s emergency response plan for CWD and immediately banned baiting and feeding of white-tailed deer in the Lower Peninsula. The NRC then passed regulations making the ban permanent, but said it would reconsider the ban in three years, giving the DNR adequate time to perform disease testing and surveillance in the state for CWD.

In the three year period, the DNR tested thousands of white-tailed deer for CWD, but did not detect another case.

The NRC also directed the Department to work with the Legislature to strengthen the penalties for baiting violations. A potential bill sponsor has been identified who supports establishing an escalating scale of penalties for repeat offenders, which would include mandatory hunting license revocation.

If hunters do use bait, the DNR requests they not place bait repeatedly at the same point on the ground, and only place bait out when they are actively hunting. This may minimize the chance of direct and indirect exposure of deer to any unknown disease that may be present.

For more information about CWD, go to

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to


o.k., so if it's 9 feet and 11 inches X 9 feet and 11 inches, then the congregation of animals will not matter. they will not spread disease.

BUT, if it's 10 feet, and 1 inch X 10 feet and 1 inch, then the animals will spread disease.

does anyone think these animals carry a ruler with them.

i know hunters dont', and if they did, it would not matter. the previous feed ban could not be enforced anyway.

gimmie a break. this was nothing more than another knee jerk reaction to try and make everyone happy, and in doing so, you will still spread disease. they may have well just allowed all open baiting by the truck load, because when you allow any baiting at all, you will draw deer and other critters to the piles, and they will then rely on them, they become dependent, and they will congregate over the area, night, after night, after night, day after day, and spread disease, and it does not matter if it's 1 gallon, 2 gallon, or a dump truck load, the animals will know it's there, and then depend on it. but money trumps all science, and that's why we are still in this prion TSE mess. hunters will be able to sit in their blinds again and have the animals walk up to them, so they can hit them in the head and kill them if they want too, instead of even using a gun. i see no hope here, and no hunter that uses bait. a big step backwards for Michigan, and anyone that cares about the cervid population and cwd risk factors there from.

what's going to happen if worse case scenario happens, and the cervid population does start to become extinct, instead of the opposite now ???

how will those baiters and feeders feel then???

what changed NRC minds on science $

you have just about every CWD TSE scientist, biologist, DNR in most states, saying science shows that baiting and feeding enhances the likelyhood of disease transmission and spread there from.

simply put, money and politics trumped science at Michigan NRC on baiting and CWD risk factors. or, what changed their minds $

please see ;

Why didn’t DNR recommend that baiting and feeding be limited to a small amount rather than banning it?

Even small amounts of bait and feed appear to present a disease risk. A study in Michigan found that more nose-to-nose contacts among deer occurred over 5 gallons of bait than over larger piles of bait. This was true whether bait was in piles, rows, or scattered. Even though you might think that only a couple deer would use a small amount of feed, this is not always true. For example, one Wisconsin resident recently reported observing 35 different deer regularly visit a 2 gallon feeding site near his house. A few deer may consume the feed, but others continue to inspect the site and lick up whatever remains.

Why such drastic actions?

There is too much at stake to risk CWD and other infectious disease introduction and establishment in deer populations across the state. Disease experts believe that baiting and feeding are responsible for TB sustaining itself in Michigan’s deer herd. No one wants to have to establish new CWD eradication zones around the state. Baiting and feeding are one of the risk factors that we can do something about.

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February 14, 2003

Chronic Wasting Disease and the Science in support of the Ban on Baiting and Feeding Deer.

Timothy R. Van Deelen Ph.D. Wisconsin DNR Research


Reliable science provides support for a ban of baiting and feeding of white-tailed deer to reduce disease risks for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Peer-reviewed research papers published in reputable scientific journals indicate the following: • CWD is transmitted laterally (live diseased deer infect other deer) • Deer can get CWD by ingesting something contaminated with the disease prion • CWD prions may be shed in feces and saliva • Disease course and symptoms indicate high potential for transmission where deer are concentrated • Evidence from captive situations indicates that deer can get CWD from highly contaminated environments. • Baiting and Feeding causes unnatural concentration of deer • Reduction of contact through a ban on baiting and feeding is likely very important to eradicating or containing a CWD outbreak. • Baiting and feeding continues to put Wisconsin’s deer herd at risk to other serious diseases In addition, experts in CWD, wildlife disease and deer nutrition support bans on baiting and feeding as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent and/or manage CWD. Under a baiting and feeding ban, disease outbreaks are more likely to be smaller in scale and more apt to be contained or eliminated. With the long CWD incubation period and other factors that make discovery of a new outbreak difficult, an outbreak that is already widespread when detected because of baiting and feeding may not be able to be contained or eliminated. This document provides details and explicit links to the supporting science.


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