This is a complex question, but a good one.
Some have said they believe nearly anything and everything to be baiting. Calling with a grunt tube? Rattling horns? Doe urine? Incredible.
Some have said ANY food plot is baiting. If so, then hunting over the edge of a crop field is baiting as well. Same with hunting an oak flat.
Baiting at it`s worst is hunting at a timed feeder, where the deer have been trained like catfish in a pond to come to the sound of fish chow hitting the water. Or hunting at a bait pile left in the woods for weeks, that deer have gotten accustomed to visiting.
In a nutshell, I believe baiting to be anything that conditions an animal to come to a very specific area, possibly even at a very specific time.
Scents, and calls couldn`t be classified as such, since, they don`t trigger a feeding response, and especially, don`t trigger a feeding response at a pre-determined time each day.
A food plot can`t be considered as such, since, much like a crop field, an animal may come at any time of day or night, from any direction, and may feed from such a distance as to not be confined in a small enough area as to offer a hunter any undue advantage.
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