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More Deer Trouble

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A ban on deer baiting this hunting season is hurting orchard owners and corn farmers.

Orchards usually rely on hunters to collect rows and rows of apples that fall to the ground -- not to mention all the money they'd pay for the feed.

But this year, the state Department of Natural Resources imposed a deer-feeding ban to try and slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

Hunters use food like appleas to lure deer closer to their tree stands or blinds.

Apple Valley Orchard owner Jerry Van Elzen, in DePere, says he'll lose $10,000 to $15,000 just on deer apples.

There's also a lot of unsold corn feed. The state's Corn Growers Association says nearly 1,000 farms could lose up to $20,000.


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