The Outdoor Show, Thursday 10-09-08: Legal Baiting On Commercial Forest Lands, Senator Mike Prusi about baiting ban in LP and potential positive and negative impacts on the U.P. this deer season, Skyomish Sunrise for Steelhead

Skyomish Sunrise (also called Skykomish) – A local fly-fisherman has recently had significant success on a U.P. river with this fly for Steelhead.


Walt Lindala sat down with Michigan senator Mike Prusi earlier today and talked about the impacts that the baiting ban will have on deer season here in Upper Michigan.

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Commercial Forest Land
Access, Baiting and Commercial Activities

Access
Commercial Forest land is open for hunting and fishing foot access.  A landowner may grant permission for vehicle access, ancillary hunting activities and/or permission for other activities such as camping, hiking and bird watching.  The CF program does not require that a landowner allow these activities, it is the landowner’s choice.

Baiting
Baiting is an ancillary hunting activity.

In areas where baiting deer is legal, a hunter may place and leave bait on CF land with landowner permission.  If a hunter does not have landowner permission to place and leave bait, the hunter must pick up and remove all bait on a daily basis. If the hunter leaves bait on the CF land without landowner permission it is illegal and is littering.  A landowner can choose to give a hunter permission to leave bait on the CF property areas where baiting is legal.

Commercial Activities
Commercial use of lands enrolled in the CF program is prohibited including commercial baiting.  Commercial baiting (someone hired or paid to place bait) is both an ancillary hunting activity and and a commercial use. It is not included under the CF statute.  If a person is paid to leave bait on CF land, that person is trespassing and littering.  If a landowner gives permission for commercial baiting, then the landowner is in violation.

Guiding services are both an ancillary hunting activity and a commercial use. If a person is guiding on CF land, that person is trespassing because guiding is not hunting or fishing.

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Heather, Resource Protection and Cooperative Programs Section Manager FMFM, at 517-373-1219 or heathers@michigan.gov.

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