that the MDNR is proposing restrictions on the use of exposed baits while trapping? From what I was told by Adam Bump, the MDNR is recommending no setting of traps within 30 feet of an exposed bait. And any exposed bait/attractant can not exceed 36 square inches. I am supposing that would apply to flesh, bones, hide, fur, wool, feathers, etc., etc.. According to Adam Bump, the last Furbearer Working Group meeting held up in St. Ignace in March was attended by members of one or more Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitator groups. They were upset about too many raptors getting caught accidentally in sets made right up next to exposed baits. I doubt their word without official documentation by a CO or biologist that witnessed the raptor in the trap. Otherwise how do we know that the bird wasn't injured or killed by an inexperienced person attempting to release the bird. How do we know if the raptor was ever really in a trap? We don't. Without the documentation or DNR witness, how do we know these stories aren't being fabricated to outlaw trapping or to restrict it even further than it is already? But while I am highly skeptical of those stories, Adam Bump told me he released an unhurt Red Tailed Hawk this past season from a legally set trap next to exposed 'rat carcasses. My question now is, did he file an official report concerning the incident with the trapper's name, etc., etc.? I am even skeptical of Adam's story as it is possible that some people within the MDNR have an anti trapping agenda. That agenda is to eliminate the financial rewards of fur harvesting. I have been told numerous times by MDNR CO's and Biologists that trappers/fur hunters "aren't supposed to be able to make money off from wildlife." RESTRICTIONS ARE A WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THAT GOAL! We call it death by a thousand cuts. Using what amounts to statistically irrelevant accidental catch/kill numbers as a basis for adding more restrictions is just flat out chicken...t, in my opinion. If these groups were threatening to push for the outlawing of all trapping as Adam told me, why isn't the MDNR defending trapping as a scientifically approved management tool and site the statistical chances of a non-target accidental raptor catch as being too insignificant to warrant any restrictions? How many raptors are accidentally killed every day by hitting motor vehicles on the roadways of Michigan? How many are injured or killed by hitting power lines, windmills, or even tree limbs? I don't see these groups pushing for restrictions against motor vehicles, power lines, windmills, etc., etc.. I can see the reasoning behind not allowing any traps within 30 feet of an exposed bait such as a large carcass like a deer or horse, or a bunch of muskrat/beaver/woodchuck carcasses dumped on a pile or small area. I can see the need for large baits/small carcasses to be covered with brush, straw, ground duff, dirt, or placed in a hole. I can live with this portion of the restriction. But I do not see the need for the state to be so knit picky over the size of a piece of hide, a single smaller chunk/piece of meat or fish, bone, hide, etc., etc.. It is just another burdensome restriction designed to keep people from making money. What do you say? Will this affect your methods of trapping?