Understanding baiting and feeding at deer season
One of the most important things you can do this fall is get out in Michigan’s great outdoors and enjoy the deer season. There is one guarantee, that there is always something to be learned. There is no substitute for time spent afield. Hunters might catch a glimpse of bucks vying for territory in Iron County as did photographer Kevin Zini.
LANSING — Bait means a substance intended for consumption that is composed of grains, minerals (including salt and salt blocks), fruits, vegetables, hay or other food materials, which may lure, entice or attract deer or elk as an aid in hunting.
Feed means a substance intended for consumption that is composed of grains, minerals (including salt and salt blocks), fruits, vegetables, hay or other food materials, which may lure, entice or attract deer or elk for any reason other than hunting.
Baiting and feeding are banned in the Lower Peninsula, and banned in the Upper Peninsula core CWD surveillance area. In areas where baiting is banned, scents placed to entice deer, whether composed of natural or synthetic materials, must be placed so that they are inaccessible for consumption by deer and placed in such a manner to prohibit any physical contact with deer. This does not apply to urine-based products bearing the Archery Trade Association (ATA) symbol on the bottle or packaging. Hunters can still use those urine-based products for mock scrapes, drag ropes, wicks, etc.
Exception: Hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements may use single-bite baits in the above counties during the Liberty and Independence Hunts only. Eligible hunters may begin baiting for the Liberty Hunt on September 9 this year, five days prior to when the season begins.