Clark deer baiting ban is over

Deer hunters in Clark County will be able to set out small piles of corn and apples again to lure in their prey after a recent law change that ends a 3-year baiting ban.
Gov. Scott Walker on Aug. 2 signed Senate Bill 68 into law. It places a limit on the length of feeding bans imposed due to chronic wasting disease (CWD) concerns. The bill was sponsored in the state Senate by Terry Moulton (R, Chippewa Falls).
According to Department of Natural Resources Clark County Conservation Warden Adam Hanna, the law takes effect already for the state deer archery season that begins on Sept. 16. For the past three hunting seasons, hunters have been prohibited from placing any bait out for deer, after deer from an Augusta/Fairchild area deer farm tested positive for CWD. According to laws in effect at that time, if a CWD-infected deer was found in any Wisconsin county, then baiting was banned in that county and any other county within 10 miles of the infection site. The law in place in 2013, when the infected deer were identified, made the resulting baiting ban indefinite.

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