Wardens Get Ready for Gun Deer Hunting Season, Promise Close Eye on Illegal Baiting

By: Angela Salscheider
By: Angela Salscheider

In just about a week Chuck Janssen and his son Tom will carry out an honored family tradition, gun deer hunting.

"I've been hunting since I was 12 years old."

And game wardens like Randy Falsted have been making sure he does it safely and legally. This year in Northcentral Wisconsin Wardens will keep a close eye on bait piles.
It's an attempt to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease.

In Portage County baiting is not allowed, and in Marathon County there's a strict limit.

Randy Falstad says, "If you're hunting over more than two gallons of corn or apples or something like that, then you are in violation."

"Falsted says hunters are not only disrespecting their fellow hunters when they violate laws, but they're facing some hefty fines as well."

"Illegal baiting is a $517.00 forfeiture, so it's very substantial to hunt over illegal bait."

Other violations can run as high as 300 bucks, and if you poach a deer be ready to fork up a couple grand, plus your hunting privileges, but if everyone can avoid violating laws, Tom says you'll all have a fair shot.

Hunter Tom Janssen says, "I think everybody should have a fair chance at taking game by the law, by the rules."

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