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

Taylor Wizner
Interlochen Public Radio
Greg Nicolaou inspects his gun one last time as he prepares his gear for an opening day hunt.

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

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

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.


Hear how the rule may impact hunting this season.

Young hunter explains why turkey hunting is his favorite

Credit Mitchell Nagel
Mitchell Nagel bags a turkey on Beaver Island last year.

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. 


Listen to the Q&A here.

Northern Michigan writer takes readers 'Downstream' to worlds foreign and familiar

Charles Eisendrath has covered politics in South America for Time

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



Aaron Stander brings us this book commentary about worldly adventures

seen from a northern Michigan perspective.



Listen to the book commentary here.