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DNR clears up confusion with deer baiting and feeding ban; ban still in effect for Oneida, Vilas, and Forest CountiesSubmitted: 10/26/2017
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
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DNR clears up confusion with deer baiting and feeding ban; ban still in effect for Oneida, Vilas, and Forest Counties
ONEIDA COUNTY - The DNR wants people to know that baiting and feeding deer is still banned in Oneida, Forest and Vilas Counties. 

Chronic wasting disease was found on a Three Lakes deer farm as recently as October 2016. 

DNR Conservation Warden Dave Walz said there's been some confusion because of a recent law change and a court ruling last spring.

"Some folks were thinking that baiting you couldn't do, but feeding you could and that's not correct. Both are prohibited," said Walz. 


The new law changes how long the baiting and feeding ban stays in effect. 

"If another [CWD] positive [deer] is not found in that county for three years the ban is lifted. If another positive is not found within ten miles of surrounding counties then the ban will be lifted in two years," said Walz.

With the new law, Vilas and Forest Counties need to go until October 2018 without a CWD positive deer for their ban to be lifted. 

Oneida County needs to go until October 2019 without a CWD positive deer for its ban to be lifted. 

There is a $343.50 fine if you're caught baiting and feeding deer.

Walz said you can still put up bird feeders as long deer can't get to the food. 

For a full list of counties with baiting and feeding bans follow the link below.


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