By Dave Hurteau
In April, I posted a link on the Field Notes blog reporting that Michigan District Court Judge Patricia Morse ruled the Lower Penninsula’s deer-baiting ban "unconstitutionally vague” in tossing out a case in which one Ken Borton faced misdemeanor charges levied by the DNR because, according to the Lansing State Journal, his backyard bird feeder was attracting deer.
In your comments, several of you suggested that the DNR was overstepping, but MLH offered this:
[The Bortons] have a very popular website where people can view, night and day, all types of wildlife that come to their feeders. Turkey, deer, and bears show up. You could count on seeing deer at the feeder almost every night. Even though they aren't baiting the deer for hunting, this setup pretty much counters the intent of the DNR to keep deer from eating in a confined space and potentially spreading disease.