I don't bait, it's not the way I was brought up and it's not legal in Ohio. Baiting does seem pretty "bush league" to me, but thats just me. Look, guy's, ever since man stood erect, he's been looking for an "edge", but we've evolved somewhat, albeit, some more than others, but nonetheless, we have progressed ( people from Michigan excluded ). I like to think of the deer we brought back from near extinction 100 or so years ago as a worthy pusuit, an escape from the everyday tedium and as a way to connect to our heritage and sharpen one's senses....or maybe just get away from the "old lady" ( for our W. virginia bretheren ). However if one needs to bait deer, it suggests to me someone does not just want a deer, but rather NEEDS a deer simply to survive.....if this is the case, may I suggest getting a job or joining the ranks of welfare, also, start wearing condoms so as not to propagate your DNA.
Taking the easy way was never appealling to me, what does one learn by doing that? Cheating, taking shortcuts, it's all appealled to man since he first jumped down from the tree. People take steroids to get an edge on others, because otherwise, they'll never acheive the adullation and approval the desperately seek. Lazy, stupid people cheat on tests in high school and college, women get breast implants, guy's take pills to enlarge their manhood (or lack of manhood), people fudge their resume's and I use a compound bow because I don't have time to get good with a stick bow. People are going to bait deer and jacklight deer and poach deer and tresspass and on and on. Those folks will never hunt beside me.
I have 1 buck over 160, 1 over 150 and 1 over 140 and 9 deer overall, all taken from the ground....no bait, no scent coverup, no highpowered rifle, no blind of any kind and I do get a measure of satisfaction from saying that, as well as satisfaction from all the deer i've let walk by and the one's i've missed. Whether to bait or not is really a question of how high one holds their self esteem. I wouldn't be able to face myself if I shot a baited deer, but if that wacky Ted Nugent guy's way is the "easy" way, so be it.