I plot to maintain herd health, believe it or not I havent killed any deer over my plots ever. I hunt different trails in the woods leading to the cover where the deer bed. Haven't you seen 20 acre bean field plots before? That is no different then hunting over a AG crop...yet you call that bait? Your also telling me that a natural oak flat is bait? While yes their is a lot of food, there is also alot of places to eat that food. No one is making the deer enter or exit a plot or oak flat at a certain feeding spot to consume the food source. I don't think you really know the difference between bait, and a natural or ag food source. Bait is salt blocks or food placed by a baiter for taking deer illegaly while hunting over such bait that is being consumed by wild deer. Bait is placed in a 4-5 ft area, and if done correct, only enough bait is placed each day for deer to feed during the daytime leading up to the hunt , otherwise the deer feed on the bait at night. Bait is also hauled into area's with trucks or containers and dumped in a certain area for deer to feed at , then the baited area is hunted illegaly. Food plots are not illegal in IL, yet bait is against the law to hunt over. P.S. If I get "worked up" you'll see this emote----> [:@]ORIGINAL: schlupis
c'mon guy deer can visit a bait pile anytime from any direction also nobody said anything about having a trough, or a diversion. Yes food plots are food sources but you are implying that because you planted the plot that it is not somwhat like baiting you planted that plot soley to get deer to come to your location so you can shoot them. oak flats and apple orchards are good places to sit because why there is a lot of food for the deer (bait) why else would you sit there not to just look at the trees. I have baited in the past I dont anymore but that doesnt mean I am against baiting.. Food plots are a better source of nutrition but be real what is the main reason you plant them, to kill deer off them.
Its all in good conversation man dont get so worked up.
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