_If early estimates are any proof, it appears the controversial and much-dreaded bait ban has actually had little or no impact on the success of the firearm deer hunting season. . . .
Many hunters had worried the ban would hinder their ability to get deer within shooting range. . . .
Early projections indicate hunter success was very similar to last year in both the southern and northern halves of the Lower Peninsula where the ban was in effect, said DNR big game specialist Rod Clute._