Not trying to start a debate about baiting, just passing this on to keep others informed.
From the Detroit Free Press:
A whitetail buck infected with chronic wasting disease has been found on a Wisconsin shooting preserve 40 miles from Michigans Upper Peninsula. That will trigger a ban on baiting and feeding deer in the UP, although the DNRE said it wont affect the firearms deer season that opens Monday.
Mary Dettloff, a spokesperson the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that its too late to stop people from hunting over bait in the UP because so much corn, beets and other lures have already been put out. But the agency will ask hunters to stop putting out more.
Baiting already is banned in the Lower Peninsula, where a doe on a Kent County deer ranch was found to have the disease two years ago.
CWD is an invariably fatal disease of deer and elk that was first diagnosed in Colorado about 40 years ago. Wildlife biologists say that it is spread by deer coming in contact with mucous and urine from infected deer and that concentrating deer nose-to-nose at bait piles increases the chances of infection.
Dettloff said the DNRE was informed about the Wisconsin buck Friday but would not act on the discovery until it is confirmed by a gold standard test at an animal disease laboratory at Ames, Iowa (usually within a few weeks).
If it CWD is confirmed in the Ashland deer, the existing protocol the agency is required to ban baiting and recreational feeding of deer in the UP.
The protocol says, In the event CWD is documented within Michigan or within 50 miles of Michigans border with another state or Canadian province, the (MDNRE) Director shall issue an interim order banning the use of bait and banning the feeding of deer and elk within the peninsula adjacent to the adjoining state or province with CWD or containing CWD.
While baiting is banned in the Lower Peninsula, the law is very unpopular with many hunters and has been openly flouted. Corn, beets and carrots advertised as deer bait are stacked on pallets at stores and gas stations throughout the state, and bait dealers say hunters have been buying nearly as much as they did before the ban went into effect.
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Aim for the center of the target... the center of an aspirin is the same size as the center of a basketball. The difference is mental.
John in Michigan.