[:@]This has been a raging argument for a long time....here in NJ it is a viable, acceptable practice and (believe it or not) has been for a long time. (in fact baiting bears is ok here too, and we finally have a Gov. that may let it happen). I bait and I don't, it depends on where I'm hunting and what I'm trying to accomplish. I have no issue what so ever with it. At my place in NY (Adirondacks) baiting/feeding was allowed forever until one day few years ago ONE or TWO deer contracted CWD from a captive herd. One was outside the fence, one inside. DEC took that as opportunity to stop ALL baiting/feeding. Fast forward approx 5 years...never been another case and, SURPRISE1 Bright lights inAlbany won't allow it again..In the time this was happening, anti's were thumping chests over their "victory" and, thanks to them, it won't happen again - at least in foreseeable future...
To these points, I know there are true nutritional deficiencies in corn as a mainstay feed for winter. However, folks need to be trained on what should / should not be fed and feeding SHOULD be allowed, even encouraged...In the Adirondacks, DEC readily admits that in many areas there is no longer enough forage base to enable a growing, thriving deerherd. You can see the areas that winter feed (albeit illegally) are doing it correctly, utilizing appropriate feeds etc, not just corn.
Those deer make it through the winter do so in MUCH better shape. The does are heavier, fawns are bigger, lactation rates (from what we can tell) are better...we see this in our own anecdotal studies...it would sure BE NICE if the Albany bright lights allowed DEC (you know, the folks with knowledge, equipment and know how) to study the issue and come up with a plan to encourage winter supplemental feeding. It does not have to be "baiting", just a way to help them through historically rough winters. Food plots are legal, in reality, what is the difference? (Rhetorical question - I don't need 10,000 responses explaining the error in my thinking) I know there are differences but supplememntal feeding / minerals could only benefit the herd in the long run.
I have a lot more to say but, it's Sun, I'm tired, Dopey Jets lost sooo...goodnight everybody![&o]
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