Feeding Wildlife

As spring starts and wildlife is waking up from their deep winter slumber, please refrain from feeding ground animals (deer, squirrels, ducks, skunks, etc.).  You may, however, continue to use bird feeders.  The DNR has made SBIA aware that “Baiting and Feeding” is banned (illegal) in Michigan and can come with a hefty fine of $500 and a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail.  Please see below for further clarification:

Below are the DNR’s definitions for further clarification:

BAIT

Bait means a substance intended for consumption that is composed of grains, minerals (including salt and salt blocks), fruits, vegetables, hay or other food materials, which may lure, entice or attract deer or elk as an aid in hunting.

FEED

Feed means a substance intended for consumption that is composed of grains, minerals (including salt and salt blocks), fruits, vegetables, hay or other food materials, which may lure, entice or attract deer or elk for any reason other than hunting.

 
If you have further questions, please visit their website www.michigan.gov/dnr or call them at (313) 396-6890