Is the baiting ban being enforced?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting Regulations, Proposals, and Law Debat' started by shell waster, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. shell waster

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    Only reason I ask is I was in my local feed/seed and overheard a worker tell a customer "we are getting our 7th transport load of bulk beets and sold more this year already than any other year"....7 transport loads??? Wow lots of bait going to the UP...I guess?
     
  2. fishx65

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    Baiting and recreational feeding is still going strong up in Lake County.
     

  3. stickbow shooter

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    Not that I've seen. They probably only ticket folks if they accidentally find one close to the road.
     
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    Very small percentage I'd guess. That said yet to find one this year hunting primarily public. Private different story unfortunately
     
  6. bucko12pt

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    Local spot near us has gotten several semi loads of beets and has been selling same by the tractor scoop. Also, beets, carrots and apples by the bag.

    I’m sure they’re not all going to the UP.

    DNR flew their own drones and also hired contractors last year looking for bait piles, or following up on leads. There were some surprised hunters on opening morning.
     
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  7. Rainman68

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    Drones cannot be used without a search warrant. This was discussed last year.
     
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    Haven't found any illegal piles on public that last couple years. Most illegal baiting must be going on in private land. Hows the CO gonna check if the gate is locked to the property?
     
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    Eyewitness by neighbor is most likely reason but it has to be visible from their property .This happened with a gal my wife worked with .She swept acorns from the driveway and placed them in front of her blind and a neighbor was watching and turned her in .She got busted but the judge threw the case out stating acorns were a natural food all over the woods .Go figure .
     
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    Must suck to have a neighbor like that.
     
  11. bucko12pt

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    Are you sure that’s the case for public lands? I have a friend that worked for the DNR last year flying his drone. I’ll clarify with him the situation.

    I’m aware of the situation flying them over private land.
     
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    I did the research last year, do your due diligence search for yourself. Google is your friend.
     
  13. Mole Hill

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    What is the daily bag limit for drones?
     
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  14. DirtySteve

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    I have been grouse hunting in 5 counties in northern lower. 2 counties in UP. Covered way more ground than I normally do in a season. I have yet to see a baitpile this season in NLP. I find that amazing because last season I easily saw well over a dozen. Grouse tend to hang close to bait piles. They like corn. They also peck at sugar beets and apples. It is common for me to find a baitpile nearby when my dog points a Grouse.

    I saw 2 baitpiles on my 3 day hunt in the UP both were typical illegal piles with 20-25 gallons of bait. Not spread out at all. Both sites had the bait in two locations near a single stand. I have still never seen a legal baitpile since the 2 gallon rule went into effect.
     
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    So what if a neighbor flys his drone over, sees a bait pile, and calls it in??
     
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