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December 11, 2008

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Michigan Whitetail Harvest On Track, Despite Bait Ban

From The Flint Journal:

If early estimates are any proof, it appears the controversial and much-dreaded bait ban has actually had little or no impact on the success of the firearm deer hunting season.
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Many hunters had worried the ban would hinder their ability to get deer within shooting range. . . .

Early projections indicate hunter success was very similar to last year in both the southern and northern halves of the Lower Peninsula where the ban was in effect, said DNR big game specialist Rod Clute.


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Almost buried under the controversy over the bait ban was the early season doe hunt. I have heard complaints that the early doe season might have impacted buck movements. Friends on lower Michigan farmlands said they did not see as many bucks moving as in years past during rifle season. I didn't notice any changes in the timber. Will be interesting if they can pull any stats out of the data.

as moeggs

I definately saw less slobs out and about. I guess real hunting isn't their thing. I hope the DNR sticks to their guns on this bait ban. I saw deer moving all day long... looking for food and love. I think things will be even better next year.

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