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Baiting Ban Removed in 2 Areas of Northeast MI

November 11th, 2011

As we reported last month, the NRC was considering an order to reinstate baiting in Presque Isle County and southern Iosco County in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487.  Baiting will continue to be banned in the northern tier of townships in Iosco County (Oscoda, Plainfield, Wilber, AuSable, Baldwin) and Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda Counties

Yesterday (November 10) at their monthly meeting in Lansing, the NRC approved this measure with Commissioner Mary Brown casting the lone vote in opposition. Commissioner Frank Wheatlake, who was sitting as chair of the meeting and unable to vote except in the event of a tie, also voiced his opposition due to the fact that there has been no movement on legislation designed to help enforce the baiting laws by increasing the fines and penalties.  Chairman Tim Nichols was absent from the meeting.

The baiting reinstatement goes into effect immediately, just in time for firearm deer season on November 15. Recreational feeding of deer in DMU 487 remains prohibited.

Hunters are reminded that they may use no more than two gallons of bait per hunting site and bait must be distributed over a 100-square-foot area. Bait is defined as any substance – including mineral blocks or salt licks – that is intended to be ingested.

MUCC and the Department of Natural Resources prefer that hunters not use bait.  However, it is important to follow the regulations put in place to reduce nose-to-nose contact among deer. An informational video has been produced by the DNR and Michigan United Conservation Clubs about the legal way to bait deer in Michigan. A link to the video can be found on the Michigan OutofDoors Magazine Video Channel and is also available below:

Oct. 3rd OD: Baiting Questions Answered from OD Show on Vimeo.



  • Nbfinch

    I find it interesting that in any survey,the vast amount of MUCC members, support baiting, however MUCC states its against baiting. Evidently the membership is not getting its thoughts to its representatives or the membership is just not being listen to.

    • Amy Trotter

      MUCC’s policy is decided at our Annual Convention each year in June, by our voting delegates from our affiliate clubs and requires a 2/3 majority for policies that affect law. Polls on our website are not designed to be “scientific” (i.e. its not a random sample nor are they only open to members). We did solicit input via email from our Individual Members (not affiliated with clubs), but this was not intended to set our policy direction, but gather input for these delegates. We held an educational panel on baiting at our April Board meeting. Ultimately, no change was made in our policy even though ample chance and information was given, no one sponsored a resolution for Convention.

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