As fall and winter outdoor activities pick up in Wisconsin’s northeast counties, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation wardens remind everyone of the baiting and feeding bans in effect in the area – including Marinette and Oconto Counties. The DNR implemented the bans on deer baiting and feeding in specific counties to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The DNR wants the public to understand the importance of the baiting and feeding ban as it relates to health of Wisconsin’s deer herd. Voluntary compliance is the DNR’s goal. However, if appropriate, enforcement action with penalties will occur. The deposit or placement of material to feed or attract deer comes with a fine from $343.50 to $1,000. If you place bait that is under 5 gallons, the minimum citation is $343.50. If you place 5 to 25 gallons, the minimum citation is $544.50. And, if you place more than 25 gallons of bait, the minimum citation is $745.50. The maximum citation in all categories is $1,000. Considering the possible fine plus possible assessments, a violator could face a maximum penalty of $2,152. Feeders for birds and other small mammals are permitted if they are within 50 yards of the home and at a height that is inaccessible to deer. The gun-deer season starts November 20 and runs through November 28, followed by the muzzleloader and antlerless hunts. To see the deer baiting and feeding regulations for all counties and to learn more about CWD, visit the DNR’s website www.dnr.wi.gov