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End baiting, feeding to help deer hunting PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

To all the deer hunters who are looking forward to the upcoming rifle season, don’t waste your time scouting the national forest for that special place deep in the woods to shoot your trophy.

Instead, place your stand where you can see a rooftop or a fire hydrant. A real hot spot would be the stand that you can see both. Eighty percent of the deer in Vilas County are on private land or in town being fed.

The practice of baiting and feeding deer has to stop. At the very least, a ban on feeding from Sept. 1 through May 1 would be a great start.

It’s only a matter of time before chronic wasting disease is diagnosed in Vilas County and we will ask ourselves, “How did this happen?” It’s a proven fact that there is a direct link between chronic wasting disease and feeding piles that consequently cause deer to migrate.

A local warden has shared with me that 50% of the complaint calls received are related to baiting and feeding of deer. Our warden’s time can be better utilized.

I’ve also recently learned of a new product called “camouflaged corn” which makes it virtually impossible to verify the amount of bait being used.

Please call the Department of Natural Resources and your legislators to tell them to discontinue allowing the baiting and feeding of deer.

Good luck to all the hunters this year, especially those of us who hunt public lands. We are really going to need it!

Paul Hennes

Eagle River

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:57 AM

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