hot tamale wrote:The way the baiting problem was taught to me is:
the deer when eating corn from a field, will peel the husk down and eat it from the stalk- a deer is less likely to eat from a stalk that has been half eaten by another preferring to peel it's own and eat from that.
when a pile of corn is used, a deer with CWD that eats from that pile will lick up, deposit saliva on corn below whatever it grabbed, thereby leaving the saliva and possibly infecting other deer in the herd and/or the other critters that eat that saliva.
i guess that part makes sense to me.
what about apples? the apples fall from the tree and those are the apples that deer eat normally, not the ones from the tree-so an infected deer would be eating from the ground and depositing his saliva there if the apples were piled on top of one another.
I myself do not bait. I just dont see the sport in it. I find that baiting is almost like a canned hunt. I do not begrudge anyone that does it but it's not for me. I much more enjoy the big woods where i track or find deer sign, and set up my ambush accordingly. I know these deer are feeding somewhere and If i would sit near a stand of oak trees with acorns below them it would be somewhat the same as baiting.
i still dont do that rather i will hunt them to and from their feeding sites, bedrooms, etc.
I dont think there is ever going to be an answer to please everyone that will get rid of the CWD .
a new topic just came to my mind and i will post it here-relating to hunting over food plots-
I'll check back on this discussion.
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