The big news in Michigan is that a three-year ban on baiting in most of the Lower Peninsula will be lifted for the fall season. The state’s Natural Resources Commission voted last week 4-3 in favor of the practice.
That narrow margin reflects how divided the Michigan public is on the issue.
Here’s a quick excerpt from the Detroit News that sums it up:
The DNR’s decision isn’t likely to quell the debate over baiting in the hunting community, which includes about 700,000 registered hunters in Michigan. In 2007, the last full year before the baiting ban was enacted, hunters shot nearly 484,000 deer, according to a DNR report.
Some hunters see baiting as cheating — a way to bag a deer in a short amount of time with minimal effort.
Others see the practice as a means to opening up the sport to more people and generating more revenues for the state.
What do you think? Did the Michigan panel make the right decision?