A twist to my original theme ... is a planted food plot any different (in effect and in practice) of a "spinner" type game feeder?
To my way of thinking, no, there is no difference. They are both artificially placed with the intent to draw in game animals.
I don't have a long and drawn out dissertation about the subtle nuances of why this is and that isn't different.
In my mind, it is an unfair and unsporting way of hunting.
You can't, by federal law, hunt waterfowl over bait, but you can hunt them in a picked crop field. Why should it be deemed okay to hunt deer with bait? Hunt them to your hearts content over a picked cornfield.