Michigan hunting laws must be more lenient than PA. In most of PA you wouldn't let your neighbors know that you are hunting over bait, you would keep it as secret as a guy who has two girlfriends. Because shooting a deer over bait in most of PA is poaching, which can be thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, takes away your hunting privileges for 3 years, plus getting snobbed at all the local hangouts. Poaching isn't as popular as in the days when people poached deer to feed a hungry family. Nowadays poaching is considered stealing from honest people who play by the rules, and it's not considered snitching for an honest hunter to report it. Don't get me wrong, it still happens too much, but strictly on the sneak.
Baiting is so engrained in Michigan’s hunting culture.. It’s never gonna change or be very frowned upon. People aren’t all that open about it but I’m close to all my neighbors (extended family, family friends) so they’re not afraid to mention it.
Many people do make jokes about it though.. saying they’re buying sugar beets to make sugar, or putting corn out for the squirrels. It doesn’t bother me too much because I’m not sure I buy the whole CWD controversy behind the baiting ban.
But yeah.. Michigan’s hunting community is fighting back very hard to make baiting legal again. It’s only a matter of time. Gas stations are still putting out bagged bait, farm supply stores are still selling beets in bulk.. yeah I’d say the ban isn’t very effective
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