here in nj it is legal to bait deer for years i tried not to bait but then i began seeing fewer deer in my area they were short stopping by a bait pile this changed the direction they moved as a result i had to rearrange my stand site and when it happened again i said the he with itand i started to bait in a new zone last year i went on a wounded warrior hunt here in nj and they baited every site there were hunters positioned hank k
This is basically the only issue I have with it. Easier, harder....it makes no difference. That's up to the hunter. Where I draw the line is with the exact situation that you describe....where the presence of so much bait alters the pattern and you have no choice to but to bait also if you want any chance of seeing deer. Like smoking, I don't care what poison you choose to contaminate yourself with, but a smoker's right ends at my nose, and a baiter's ends when it impacts my hunting. It is for this reason alone that I would oppose tooth and nail any effort to make full bore bait piles legal in Illinois.
And yes, some would argue that Illinois is one big bait pile of corn. But when there's SO MUCH of it, then that negates any advantage of concentrating deer. Comparing cornfields on a given farm where there might be FIVE MILES of perimeter for a deer to approach from to a 10'X10' bait pile where there's 40 lineal feet is patently rediculous. That, and once a crop field or an oak tree is barren then it ceases to be an attractant. A bait pile can be added to whenever the hunter wants to, AND it's portable. You can move it to suit your needs. Try doing that with a 200 acre cornfield or an oak tree that's 3' in diameter!