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Donít agree with baiting ban,


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

As a sixteen-year-old hunter, I would like to weigh my opinion on the bait debate. Personally, I think people should be allowed to bait. In our area the food used to bait is food found in every farmer's field or orchard. In this recession, baiting helps families fill freezers and boost our local economy.

The hunting that Mr. Jim Hoy describes (Feb. 2011 issue) sounds like an awesome hunt, if you were exclusively hunting a large parcel. However, how many folks exclusively hunt large parcels of property these days? I don't feel that stalking and hunting on state property would be safe either.

For the past 20 years my family drives an hour and half north to hunt a 40-acre marsh. This does not allow for a stalk and hunt. We hunt from huts and treestands. The marsh is surrounded by natural food sources, such as apple orchards and cornfields. When baiting was allowed we were able to draw the deer into our area on the same food they were already eating.

We saw a minimum of 10 deer a day within shooting range. Since the baiting ban we feel lucky to see three, maybe one in shooting range. I find this very discouraging. I think it will impact the way young hunters view hunting. It will discourage them from wanting to hunt throughout their lifetime.

I will not disagree about the seriousness of CWD. However, CWD is not confirmed in the wild deer population but within a deer farm. The inability of one farm should not have consequences for the rest of the hunting population. Since CWD is not confirmed in the wild, we should be allowed to bait. Wild deer are eating together in cornfields and apple orchards already.

My own family relies on deer as a food source. In the past we would have enough venison to see us through the winter. This year we ran out in mid-Feb. We are eating a lot of chicken and meatless meals now. We too pass several baits stand with apples or corn. I find it troublesome that hunters are breaking the baiting law. No matter the outcome of this debate I encourage you to obey law. By breaking the law you are teaching a young person that it is okay to break "some laws." With that influence they might think it is okay to break "other laws" that have higher consequences. It is not worth risking their future or freedom, or your own. If you must do something please writer your congressman; make him earn his keep.

Billy Roose

Southwest MI


April 27, 2011

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