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Before baiting deer became popular it was customary for farmers to dump cull carrots, beets, apples,potatoes, etc, in the woods for deer to eat. A normal agricultural practice. Therefore it apparently is legal to harvest deer that come to feed on this material if it is legal to harvest deer coming to "food plots" or to feed in the fields. Farmers feed the deer, thats why most of our deer are found in agricultural areas. Or does this sound too much like "common sense" ??
 

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You're mixing some different lines of thought. They don't add up IMHO. Regardless of whether farmers dump bait, 99% of baiters are not farmers, thus it is not a"normal agricultural practice" to go to the store, buy bags of carrots, then drive out to a field and dump them.

I would submit that even were farmers to dump excess produce they would run the risk of violating the ban if: the purpose was to feed wildlife; and/or they were caught hunting over it.
 

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Right on !! It is not a "normal agricultural practice" for a farmer to go to the store and buy a bag of carrots to dump in the field and hunt over it. That is what us mighty "hunters" do !!
 

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2007 MICHIGAN HUNTING TRAPPING GUIDE - P. 23
Food plots, naturally occurring foods, standing agricultural crops
'or food placed as a result of using normal agricultural practices are not considered to be baiting or feeding.
"Baiting" is defined as putting out food materials, salt or minerals for deer to attract, lure or entice them as an aid to hunting.
Here we have DNR regulations that actually give the farmer (who has cull/surplus produce) which he can not sell as deer "bait" but dumps it on the back 40 to dispose of it (a normal agricultural practice) the right to harvest deer that approach this material. It is not considered to be "bait"
It can, however, concentrate deer which the "baiting ban" has been enacted to prevent.
 
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