State Rep. Peter Pettalia and Dick Posthumus, senior policy advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder, will host three town hall meetings in Northeast Michigan on Aug. 9 to discuss the deer baiting ban that remains in effect for Northeast Michigan. Meetings will take place in Alpena, Whittemore and Black River.
Last month, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources lifted the statewide ban on deer baiting for the entire Lower Peninsula, except in Alpena, Alcona, Crawford, Iosco, Oscoda, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. Last month, Pettalia introduced House Resolution 108 to encourage the DNR to allow baiting in the region for a two-year trial, which was approved by the House on June 30.
"Deer baiting is an important economic issue for our area - it adds to the hunting experience and draws people to our local communities, which rely heavily on the annual deer season for jobs and successful businesses," Pettalia said. "I'm hoping we'll have a big crowd of people turn out to share their views and opinions, whether they're hunters for or against it, or don't hunt, but want to express an opinion or viewpoint."
The meetings will begin in Whittemore from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the M-65 Bait Shop, 106 North M-65. Pettalia and Posthumus will be joined by representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission to listen to public comments.
The next meeting will be at the Alcona Township Hall, 5576 N. US-23 in Black River, from 1-3 p.m., and wrap up their meetings at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher Street in Alpena, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The program at both meetings will consist of a short presentation on the history, current status and projected outlook of bovine tuberculosis and the deer baiting ban, followed by a question and answer comment session.
People unable to attend a meeting but wanting to submit a comment, or for more information about the town hall meetings, can contact Pettalia's office toll free at (877) 737-4106, as well as by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.