Before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts should be sure to check the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website and verify which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities.
For more information regarding baiting and feeding, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for “baiting and feeding.”
Since the end of the 2017 deer season, Milwaukee, Lincoln, Washington, Marinette, Langlade, Florence, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties have been added to the ban. Wood County which was previously subject to deer baiting and feeding prohibitions has reverted back to regulated deer baiting and feeding. It is important to note that baiting and feeding restrictions are in place for 43 of Wisconsin’s 55 chronic wasting disease affected counties.
Baiting and feeding bans are enacted for a period of three years in the county of detection when CWD is detected in wild or captive deer and for two years in counties adjacent to counties with CWD detection. Baiting and feeding bans may be lifted if no new CWD detections are found in CWD-affected counties. All current baiting and feeding bans will remain in effect throughout the 2018 deer season with the exception of Marquette County, which will be lifted in December 2018 if no new detection renews the baiting and feeding ban.
Individuals may still feed birds and small mammals, provided feeding devices are within 50 yards of a human dwelling and of a sufficient height or design to prevent access by deer.
For more information regarding baiting and feeding deer, check out the baiting and feeding regulations at https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0456.pdf.