Judge: Michigan ban on deer baiting too vague
Gaylord, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Otsego County has thrown out a
case against a man charged under Michigan’s ban on baiting and
feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula, saying the ban is too
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
that it’s not clear whether the ruling Thursday by 87th District
Court Judge Patricia Morse effects just the county or the entire
Ken Borton was charged with illegally feeding deer from bird
feeders. Morse said the ban was “unconstitutionally vague.”
Borton said he just wanted to feed birds.
DNRE spokeswoman Mary Dettloff told The Associated Press on
Saturday that the state was looking into the ruling.
The ban was imposed after a case of chronic wasting disease was
discovered in a Kent County deer in 2008.