CWD, Baiting, and Immobile Hunters

ridge
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May 5 2018, 12:14 AM #1

May 9 and 10 will bring serious discussions concerning CWD before the Michigan Natural Resources Committee.  Included in these discussions will be the regulation on baiting.  There are cries for an all-out ban on baiting and others are speaking against that or for a grain (corn) limited baiting proposal.
As of this point in time, food plotting has been very limited in this discussion.

Nearly all of the hunters in my camp have very limited mobility.  We require the deer to come to us as we can no longer move to them.  I am sure that everyone on this site can understand that.  Having bait also means that the deer stops for a minute or 3 or 4 so that we can take a responsible standing shot.  Many of the hunters at my place say that they will quit hunting if baiting is banned.  I will probably continue hunting as long as I have a granddaughter hunting.  I don't know if this will be a trend across the state but, to me, it certainly makes a profound statement concerning the DNR's commitment to disabled folks.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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Chuckgrmi
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May 5 2018, 05:50 PM #2

I was the only one in our camp of 5 that didn't bait when I was hunting.  I found a spot between their feeding area and their beding spot and built a ground blind. Granted, I did all this when I was walking. Then when I was walking with a walker all I had to do was slip into the blind and sit. Now that I'm confined to a wheelchair, I can't get to my blind. Therefore, I haven't hunted in 18 years, except a turkey hunt 5 years ago with a guide service and nope, I didn't get one. Not even a shot.
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May 6 2018, 12:14 AM #3

With the CWD panic, Wisconsin passed a law that baiting and feeding would be banned in any County CWD was found as well as adjoining counties.A sick deer was found one County over from me and we were suddenly limited to hunting over standing food plots. Thankfully I had a good one. Otherwise, as I shoot with my mouth, I would have out of luck. After Three years without anymore CWD and our governor repealed the ban.
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Don Christensen
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creator of disabled sports persons information at http://afarcry.info
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Jul 13 2018, 02:26 AM #4

Michigan goes on with their deliberations.  A lot of misinformation and scare tactics abound.  I fear that regulations will be made that accomplish nothing but that enable those in power to say that they did something.  They will most likely hurt the deer herd and our deer hunting tradition.  Unless I am wrong about this, it will accelerate the loss of deer hunters in our state.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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Jul 13 2018, 02:48 AM #5

Hard to have faith in our law makers some days but what choice do we have. I just have to trust things will always work out
Hunt with your kids not for them

Don Christensen
disabilities coordinator for Babe Winkelman Productions
creator of disabled sports persons information at http://afarcry.info
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