Ted Nugent Testifies in Lansing Against Deer Baiting Ban
Deer hunting season kicked off this past weekend and as hunters prepare, they are learning the state has banned all baiting in the Lower Peninsula.
The DNR says the ban is to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, while many hunters say it will instead speed up the death of their sport.
“Banning feeding and baiting in Michigan is going to chase hunting families out of the sport for absolutely nothing,” says rocker Ted Nugent.
The Motor City Madman, testified alongside Representative Michele Hoitenga In Lansing, supporting her bill to over ride the DNR baiting mandate this year. The DNR says it will slow the spread of disease.
“Chronic wasting disease has killed, what, a few dozen, maybe 100 deer in Michigan?” says Nugent, “I think Buicks have killed 50 this morning.”
The DNR says the artificial food source, brings deer together, enhancing disease spread. Nugent says this only hurts hunters and counters saying with or without bait, deer are always eating together.
“How do you stop that from happening?” says Nugent, “Do you think if Ted Nugent spills corn, it’s going to increase nose to nose contact with deer?”
Not every hunter and Republican in Lansing fully disagrees with the ban, they think there is some legitimacy to stopping CWD but there are some unintended consequences. That’s why Representative Triston Cole introduced his own bill, something he called a compromise.
“We have hundreds of thousands of birdfeeders across the state of Michigan,” says Rep. Cole, “If a deer shows up, that is illegal. You have an artificial feeding source.”
Rep. Cole’s bill would allow feeding in close proximity to homes and cabins.
“God forbid you have a deer show up to your bird feeder,” says Rep. Cole.
The bills are both under consideration in committee and it is unclear if they could make it through the process before opening day of firearm season.
“It helps connect people to our natural world,” says Rep. Cole, “It is very, very important to have that value. Right now in Michigan it’s illegal. We need to fix that.”