MADISON – Before participating in upcoming hunting seasons or setting out feed for wildlife, be sure to view counties in which baiting and feeding activities are currently banned.
State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer [PDF] in a county in which the county or a portion of the county is within a 10-mile radius of the known location of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.
Individuals may still feed birds and small mammals, provided the feeding devices are within 50 yards of a human dwelling and at a sufficient height or design to prevent access by deer.
Hunters are reminded to check the DNR website to learn more about baiting and feeding bans and see where these activities are prohibited before heading into the woods. To learn more search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “bait.”
Department staff are aware of the challenge such a sudden change may present for hunters, wildlife watchers and businesses that sell bait and/or feed. It is important to note that the sale of bait/feed is not restricted, and other uses for these products are allowed. With the ultimate goal of having a healthy wild deer herd, department staff would like to thank Wisconsin’s citizens for their continued role in monitoring herd health and CWD.