Alright, here is my take on BAITING...
We all have read (I hope) our own state's DNR rules and definitions on baiting.
The dictionary defines bait as [color=#660000]"anything used as a lure; enticement" (noun) or "to lure; tempt; entice" (verb)[/color]
So, if you want me to define deer baiting, I say that ANYTHING that you put in the woods that will attract or entice deer to come into your area is baiting. There are different degrees and different types of baiting, but anything that we as hunters put into the woods to attract deer is bait.
So for my definition, this would include food piles (corn, beans, acorns, etc.), feeders, minerals, food plots, planting apple or oak trees, decoys, scents, calls, etc... Any one of these things lures deer in and was put there by us as hunters. Whether it is for food to eat or because they think it is another deer, they are all things we as hunters put into the woods to entice the deer to come, stay, and hang out.
Like I said there are different degrees of baiting. Using doe-in-heat urine and dumping out a pile of corn are totally different. But they do have a similar result. Both attract deer into the area you are hunting. You don't even have to hunt over it for it to be bait. If you shoot a deer on the way to the bait, instead of directly over the bait, isn't that the same thing? The bait is what brought them in.
With that said, I am all for baiting. Deer are hard enough to hunt without baits. Where I hunt in Southern Ohio, it is nothing but deep woods. There is no agriculture anywhere nearby. We used to just show up and hunt. Well, let me tell you that since we have added feeders, mineral licks, cut trails, planted food plots, used attractant scents, etc... we have greatly increased the number of deer sightings on our trail cams and when we hunt.
Like I said, that's just my opinion. I've read all the posts and I understand some people are against all types of baiting, some are for some baiting but not all of it (yes to food plots, but no to feeders, for example), and some are like me and think it is all great. (Although I don't understand how someone can condemn a feeder, but say a food plot is OK. Isn't that just a live growing feeder? Aren't some food plots corn and soybeans, which is what we put in our feeders?)
Again in my opinion, it's all baiting in one form or another.
If those of you are truly against baiting, then try to go hunt and do not alter the area at all with anything that will bring deer in. Although it might make you feel better to say, "I don't bait, I only plant food plots", sorry, that food plot IS a bait. It would not be in the woods if you didn't plant, lime, fertilize, & mow it. And I know you didn't plant it just to make the woods look better. It was planted for the purpose of attracting deer onto your land and in doing so giving them a good source of food to eat.
I say whatever baits you use, if you think it helps and it is legal in your state, then have at it and good luck!!!
Just my $.02
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