Woodsalta, I can not see how feeding the deer could be called baiting. But in this state you never know. Also I do know that you should not feed wildlife. However these poor deer are hungry and more than likely pregnant. I can not see any thing wrong with placing a bit of natural food out for them. It's not like I am placing deer corn or other types of food out for them that is not part of their common food source's. There are plenty of acorns left buried under the snow where I toss mine. I throw them under and around the massive oak tree across the street. It's trunk is at least 3 feet across and it has to be 80 feet tall. This fall it was like walking on marbles around here. Not to mention needed a hard hat if you got anywhere near the tree lol.
Friday afternoon at 2:30 my neighbor counted 9 deer in my yard. They came walking right up the middle of the street and turned into my driveway. One of them was trying or thinking of climbing up my front stairs. I have another 5 gallon pail of acorns sitting next to my door. She must have been able to smell them. Sure wish I was home at the time but was at work.
A couple of the deer jumped the snowbank at the end of my driveway and walked through the 24-30" of snow that blankets the yard. The other's found the path down to the shed all 9 then jumped the 4' chainlink fence and headed off toward a very small area of scrub growth on the street behind me. My neighbor is still amazed that they were able to literally HOP the fence the way they did. But of course we as sportsman know they can HOP even a taller fence with ease.
With all the snow we have gotten this winter all kinds of wildlife are showing up in areas where they have never been seen. There was a story on channel 5 news the other night about just that. It was filmed in Dracut. The video they showed from just one person's yard had Deer,Turkey's, Coyote's, and a BOBCAT ? I have never seen a bobcat in this area of the state and do not know of anyone else who has ever seen one around here either.