I have been thinking about this subject alot over the past few days, I have been reading the posts and looking at this from all sides. I have come to the conclusion that there are too many factors involved for me to put a blanket judgement on baiting one way or the other... where i will say baiting has gone too far is when someone is setup in a treestand on a food plot that already has a good amount of deer on it already, because they don't really need to bait.. they are just trying to remove the challenge of hunting at all. now don't get me wrong i am not saying anyone here is doing that, because how would I know right? but where i have noticed it is on the hunting shows on tv... as well as talking to a few people around here... 1 guy (who shall remain unnamed) he has corn fields, and acorns everywhere on the property, he sees good deer on a regular basis and in good numbers.. lots of does too... i asked him why he baits if he has such good numbers of deer.... he turns around and says to me.. "I don't have all day to sit around waiting for a deer to get close enough to me on its own... if i throw down this stuff ( commercial product i am not going to name) and they come running and i have my choice of shots and am done by 8 am" now if he was just in it for the meat... no big deal I guess, but he really doesn't eat much of it... gives some away, but it just confuses me why he would want to go through the expense of hunting, and paying extra for these products... just to try and rush the whole experience??? I don't know. i wouldn't... would i like to get a good buck on openng day of course.. we all would... but if i don't am i gonna be so upset that i won't be out the next chance i get? absolutely not.. i will still be out and just as happy with the experience.... bait .. don't bait... that is your decision and i will not judge you for it, as long as it is legal and ethical.. go for it if you want... I know i am still waiting on my first buck( coulda shot a small 4 pointer last year, but he was small and very young....so i passed, but that is ok.. because i will know when the right one comes along...
ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU HUNTING IS WRONG... TELL THEM TO READ THE BIBLE:
Now then get your weapons-
Your quiver and your bow-
And go out to the open country-
to hunt some wild game for me