SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - Starting Thursday, folks in Waupaca and Shawano counties can no longer feed deer, and use food as bait to attract the animals.
That used to be a big tool for deer hunters, and a relaxing backyard pastime for rural Wisconsinites -- until chronic wasting disease came along a dozen years ago.
The DNR rankled people by approving a statewide baiting and feeding ban. The agency scaled that back.
Now, the ban on deer baiting applies only in counties where a deer has tested positive for the fatal CWD brain disease -- plus counties within 10 miles of where an infected animal was found.
Thirty-five counties now have those bans -- almost half the state's 72 counties.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)