Points North, Ep. 38: Firearm hunting season begins with baiting ban, turkey season ends

Nov 15, 2019

This week on Points North, we’re talking about baiting and hunting, and the ongoing debate about whether to keep deer healthy versus taking away a tool for hunting. 

Plus, a turkey hunter tells us why he loves the sport.

Deer bait ban divides hunters on opening day
Greg Nicolaou, at his Long Lake home, as he prepares for his hunting trip on opening day.
Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

It’s the first opening day in 10 years where hunters won’t be able to bait deer.

Lawmakers are pushing a bill that would end the baiting and feeding ban, saying bait doesn’t lead to diseases spreading. But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a ban is needed to protect the deer herd. Read the story here.


Young hunter explains why turkey hunting is his favorite
Mitchell Nagel bags a turkey on Beaver Island last year.
Credit Mitchell Nagel

As deer hunting season begins, turkey hunting season just ended on Nov. 14.

Many hunters look forward to harvesting turkeys for Thanksgiving meals. 

Others, like Mitchell Nagel, a student at Central Michigan University, like to hunt the bird and eat it right away. 

IPR's News Director Noelle Riley spoke to Nagal about what he loves about the sport. 


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Magazine, taught at the University of Michigan and cared for a farm in East



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