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There’s more baiting than ever, DNR is wasting time and money


Dear Woods-N-Water:

I just have gotten off from the MDNR website and read all the weekly CO reports and have to laugh at all the baiting tickets issued the past 2 months. It seems to me that people are baiting more now than ever, it makes me wonder if that many have been caught...how many did not get caught? AND STILL NO CWD SHOWING UP!!

Also interesting is how many youths have been caught hunting over bait. Oh, so that's how you keep youngsters interested in hunting.

I think the DNR is wasting scarce monies and time on tracking down and ticketing the baiters and the CWD issue.

I know a gentleman who has gotten a ticket for feeding deer in Kent County, his fine and court costs were $140, out of that $140 the judge only awarded $10 to the DNR. I'll bet that's not going to pay for the gas the CO used driving in his new extended cab pickup (at approx. 13 mpg).

It's time to lift the baiting ban and let the hunters enjoy the little time most of us have sitting in the woods, and maybe the MDNR will get a lot more hunter participation in bringing deer to check stations! Because right now it seems like no one has much good to say about our MDNR!

I wish all of us readers could see the numbers on how much money was spent on this baiting ban and CWD testing, not to mention the numbers that Michigan farmers and retailers lost because of this nonsense!

I being a pilot myself, will guarantee that for the time the DNR has spent in the air looking for pumpkins, that all the monies from the tickets they written won't cover the cost of the fuel alone!

Maybe the DNR should look at the deer ranches where this one and only case of CWD showed up.

Sincerely,

Ted Komoski

Walker, Michigan

Ted Komoski
December 23, 2009

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