Senate Bill 37, sponsored by Sen. Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington), had a hearing today in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. A proposed substitute for Senate Bill 37 was entertained; but ultimately, was not voted on. Both the original and substitute bill would restrict the Natural Resources Commission’s ability to manage our deer herd effectively in the face of disease.

Regardless of how you feel about baiting and feeding of deer, we ask that you stand up to say that the premise of this legislation would set a dangerous precedent to open the door for legislative micro-management of our natural resources. MUCC has long stood for these decisions to be in the hands of the NRC, guided by science, rather than what is politically popular.

The amendment that has been discussed specifically limits the Natural Resources Commission to only issuing no-baiting/feeding orders within a 10-mile radius of a CWD-positive or bTB-positive wild deer discovery. This would bar them from action based on positives in a high-fence captive deer facility, ignore the research currently being conducted to track deer movements to help refine management tactics, and ultimately create a confusing patchwork of regulations across the state.

MUCC has opposed the baiting and recreational feeding of white-tailed deer, with the exception of supplemental feeding by permit during particularly hard winters, since the early 2000s due to member-driven policy.

The resounding recommendation from the science community, Michigan’s CWD Workgroup and biologists across the nation has been to call a timeout on baiting and feeding in the face of disease.

Furthermore, this substitute would take away authority from the NRC that was provided to them in Proposal G — a ballot referendum in 1996 that granted the NRC authority to regulate the taking of game in Michigan and that sound science must be used to determine those regulations.

MUCC needs you to call your state senator today and voice your opposition to SB 37 and proposed substitutes. You can find your senator here.


  1. Matt W on May 20, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Senate Bill 37, sponsored by Sen. Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington) is the Hunter’s voice being shouted fromt he tree tops! The MUCC is blind sided by Bias opinion and irregular science.

    I know I speak for many northern hunters when we voice our opposition to the MUCC’s opposition to the Senate Bill 37!!

    Baiting Ban has NOT improved the odds of preventing or slowing the spread of CWD.

    CWD is caused by a Spiroplasma Bacterium. Until the MUCC and NCR and DNR realize this, their continued agenda towards fighting CWD will continue the 50+ years of failure!

  2. Robert D Kleinstiver on June 25, 2019 at 6:45 am

    No bait is a big mistake might not feel it at first but people will soon with less kills less license sales and more collisions with deer not to mention the insurance companies jacking their premiums up to pay for the accidents involving deer. Small companies who look forward to the sales of bait every year are going to suffer also and if you think banning bait is going to stop deer contact you are definitely not in the loop.

  3. edward A jajuga on July 11, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Deer are social animals and are close to each other naturally
    DNR proving again that the letters “DNR” STAND FOR Do Nothing Right

  4. Timothy J. Grocki on September 16, 2019 at 11:39 am

    with this ban the average northern hunter has a slim chance of tagging a deer. the small amounts of bait we use keeps the deer dispersed without it they will all congregate at food lots causing the CWD to spread much faster. Timothy J. Grocki

  5. Paul little on October 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    No baiting is a bad choice the deer will still eat together under apple trees and in farm fields and if it’s private property why can’t you bait its my property im not forcing the deer to cometo the bait hell im not even forcing them to be on my property so much for being a free country

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