The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday evening passed House Bill 4687, effectively repealing the feeding and baiting ban in the lower peninsula previously enacted by the Natural Resources Commission in 2018. Decided by a 57-49 vote, HB 4687 will allow feeding and baiting of free-ranging elk and deer in the state.
Additionally, three amendments were adopted into the bill during its deliberation: Restricting feed to no more than five gallons at each bait site, Retaining a feeding and baiting ban in areas that have had a confirmed deer with bovine tuberculosis, and Prohibiting antler point restrictions in areas with confirmed chronic wasting disease.
“We will continue to communicate our opposition as the bill is considered by the Senate,” he added. “We all have a vested interest in ensuring a healthy wildlife population that contributes to preserving the state’s strong outdoor heritage as well as protecting our animal agriculture sector.”