The ban on baiting deer in Lower Michigan could be lifted tomorrow. Hunters in the Lower Peninsula have not been able to feed deer since 2008, when a deer in Kent County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
State wildlife biologists say it's a bad idea to feed deer because animals congregating around feed piles share diseases.
The decision to allow baiting will be made by the Natural Resources Commission.
If the ban is lifted, Wildlife officials suggest stiffer penalties for people who use more bait than the new rule allows. That could include revoking a hunter's license.
New penalties would have to be approved by the legislature.
Baiting will still be banned in northeast Lower Michigan, where bovine tuberculosis is a problem for deer and farmers. Baiting has always been allowed in the Upper Peninsula.