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Bill could allow deer baiting and feeding ban to expire in NorthwoodsSubmitted: 02/10/2017
Story By Ben Meyer

Bill could allow deer baiting and feeding ban to expire in Northwoods
MADISON - A ban on baiting and feeding deer frustrated many homeowners and hunters in the Northwoods.

But a bill supported by a local representative could allow that ban to expire.

Scientists found deadly chronic wasting disease in a deer on a Three Lakes game farm in late 2015.

That triggered a baiting and feeding ban in Oneida, Forest, and Vilas counties. It also signaled a change for many people in the area.


"A lot of the deer aren't necessarily there as much as they used to be," said said Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz). "Baiting and feeding was one way that they were able to at least see a deer."

Mursau supports a bill that would allow the ban to end if no more cases of CWD were found. It would expire after three years in the county with CWD, and after two years in adjacent counties.

"It's a pretty big industry, too, for our small businesses, selling all of those items to throw out there," Mursau said.

If the bill passes, Oneida County could start baiting and feeding as soon as early 2019. Forest and Vilas counties could start in 2018.

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