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Camo Clothes, Bow … Corn?

Camo Corn 
A Georgia company is now marketing a product that deer find irresistible, but wardens will have a hard time finding. It’s called "Camo Corn," and that about says it all.

Packaged in 50-pound bags that sell for $15, plus shipping, the product is corn that has been dyed in brown, green and black dyes. A law-enforcement brief out of Florida states, "Testing shows it to be appealing to wildlife and very difficult to detect. The dye will reportedly remain on the corn if it is immersed in water."

David Hendrickson, of Real Life Outdoors, said his company’s product is also treated with a taste attractant and a mold inhibitor.

Georgia is one of two states that recently overturned baiting bans during deer hunting season. Michigan also reversed its ban earlier this year.

Although I see this as a potential problem for game wardens in states where baiting is illegal, I can also see the benefit for hunters in areas where baiting is allowed. In those cases, hunters could place their legal baits without having to worry about other hunters setting up stands nearby, which could lead to in-the-field conflicts. 

I also like the fact that the company took the steps to treat the corn with a mold inhibitor. Whether or not you approve of baiting, disease transmission is always a concern in areas where it is legal. Moldy corn can wreak havoc on wildlife populations, especially deer and turkeys.

What are your thoughts on this topic?