AREAWIDE — Today, April 7, is a day deer and bear hunting stakeholders may want to circle on the calendar, as the Natural Resources Commission opens up public comment sessions at its annual meeting.
The two main topics of discussion— prior to the group’s Committee on the Whole meeting— will include the ongoing debate over the threeyear long ban on baiting deer in the state, and a proposed ban on the use of chocolate as bear bait.
The meeting takes place at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., in downtown Lansing. At 8:30 a.m. the first of several advisory and committee meetings takes place in rooms 201-202. In the first meeting, the committee will receive updates from Dept. of Natural Resources Fisheries Division Chief Kelley Smith and Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason and receive informational presentations on proposed changes to deer regulations and fall wild turkey regulations. Those unable to attend may weigh in on the issues at deerbaiting@ michigan.gov. For the full story, check us out on the web at www.mihomepaper.com, County Press. — L.P.