VanderWall votes for bill to reverse deer baiting ban

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall voted Wednesday in support of legislation that would enhance hunting activities in the state.

House Bill 4687, sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, would reverse the Natural Resources Commission ban on baiting and feeding deer in the entire Lower Peninsula.

“Proponents say the deer baiting ban is in place to help prevent chronic wasting disease, but it is not the answer to that problem,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “The ban doesn’t help prevent the disease, and it harms our hunting industry and the economy.”

VanderWall introduced the same measure, Senate Bill 37, in the Senate.

In the late 1990s, almost 800,000 people were hunting deer in Michigan. Twenty years later, that number has dropped by around 25%. VanderWall cited this decline as one of the reasons behind the legislation.

HB 4687 now heads back to the House for concurrence before heading to the governor.