I agree with you. whether you put it out from a pail or cultivate it, it is still baiting.
I was just telling my wife about seeing some deer hunting videos and feeling not so proud of the people on these dvd's.
they sit on the edge of a field that has the most lush greenery and then shoot 20 yds. ooooh what hunters. they talk about patterning deer and all that jazz. what they timed them coming into the field?
To me that is just killing for the sake of killing. If you hunt that way, great- i have no qualms about what you do or how you do it as long as it is legal. I would hunt that way in the beginning to start to learn about deer hunting or teach a youngster to hunt and to get the first couple of kills under their belt, but after that, I just dont see the thrill. I wouldnt be able to go home after harvesting a deer from a bait pile or field and say that I met the deer on his terms and won. It's just not my thing.
I do think the DNR should get their butts in gear and do some studies like what was mentioned above. I would have to say that the harvest rates would go down quite a bit in the beginning because many people only know how to set up over bait piles. Now they'll have to learn to scout and set up along trails, etc. it's going to be different for them.
I just fear that it will put a dent in some small town economy where hunters dont flock into the area for hunting and closing a diner that depends on that $ to survive the winter months. sporting goods stores selling feed, etc. I am for getting rid of baiting for both personal reasons and to stop the CWD (if possible), but i dont want to see communities suffer due to it.