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DNR Reminds Hunters of Deer Baiting Ban

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has posted notice reminding hunters that feeding and baiting of deer is banned in Columbia County.  Columbia County is one of 52 counties in the state which is affected by the ban.

DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller said:

In order to protect the state’s natural resources – in this case, our whitetail deer population – it is important to know and to follow the baiting and feeding bans in the county you hunt or where you live and enjoy watching wildlife. Baiting and feeding encourages deer to congregate, and have direct contact, thereby increasing the chances of spreading diseases within the herd.

The bans were enacted after Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was discovered in Wisconsin’s deer population in 2002.  The law enacting the bans was amended in 2017 to drop bans in counties which have gone 36 months without a new case of CWD or Bovine Tuberculosis (TB).

“Bait” is defined as:

[A]ny material that is placed or used to attract wild animals for hunting purposes – including scent materials, salt, minerals, grains, etc.

The full text of the ban can be downloaded (PDF) from the Wi DNR site.

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