as soon as he hunts over or near it or uses it to his advantage to take game. Is it exactly the same? No since food plots also cause the unnecessary use of ag chemicals and herbicides to be placed into the soil (water supply eventually) as well as any soil run off. Aside from their ability to spread disease, they have some worse characteristics than a bait pile.
While most states and game managers are trying to figure out how to reduce deer overpopulation, many deer feeders are looking for ways to increase the herd size and surviabilty and the carrying capacity of the land. What ever happened to the good old days of scouting and using woodsmanship and hardiness to hunt deer? A trip to a sports show is now more like a farm expo. Hunting has turned into deer farming with selective culling and domesticating them with feed. Many hunters these days only hunt for a good place to dump bait or plant bait.ORIGINAL: mightyfofaad
USN_Sam1385 ... Honestly, it blows my mind that guys plant food plots and consider it not baiting, but putting corn there, spread out in a big area (like most feeders do) all year is. Then these same guys sit up on their high and mighty chair and act as though they are not baiting. It's the same thing. It just doesn't have roots.
ranwin33 ... Food plots do not have the same attractant qualities as corn and other food type baits; food plots more closely resemble what deer see in their natural environs, piles or corn don't. That is why one is baiting and the other isn't.
Sorry USN_Sam1385 ... I have to side with ranwin33.
You see, what ranwin33 is saying, is that a Food Plot is like your Mom setting the table & putting out a nice chicken dinner.
A feeder, or putting out corn, is like someone just picking up a chicken dinner at KFC & just dumping it on the table.
See the difference? [8|]
Yeah... I do see the difference.. Either way me (The deer) is going to eat the chicken dinner. The home made version is just more of a pain in the butt for my mother, and she might feel better about herself at the end of the day, because of all the extra work she put in. However, she accomplished the same thing; getting me, (the deer) to come to the table and eat it.
Now..... what was your point??
You would be incorrect, that is not what I was saying.
But if you want to use a restaurant example, here you go. Corn would be like going to town and having one small restaurant that serves only chicken at which to buy your dinner, food plots would be like going to town and having 20 different huge restaurants that serve all kinds of things at which to buy your dinner. Sure you're going to eat either way, but in the one small restaurant town you know where I'll be, what I'll be eating, and won't have any problem seeing me, in the town with 20 huge restaurants you don't know where I'll be, don't know what I'll be eating, and even if you are in the same restaurant as me we may not meet up. With corn they'll come, with food plots, despite what you see on TV, they may or may not show up.