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Differences between baiting and food plots

May 02, 2010 at 12:24 PM


In some of our woodlots there appears to be more than a bit of confusion—if not hypocrisy—when we start talking about feeding deer.

Some believe that feeding deer is an unethical way to attract deer. During hunting season it is called baiting, which is considered not only bad in a sporting sense, but also when considering game management and the health of the deer herd.

But if the deer food ingested is grown on the land, then it is generally considered a food plot and not baiting.

So what’s the difference? And aren’t they simply two aspects of the same thing?

Dump a couple 100-pound bags of shelled corn below a tree stand in a clearing in the woods and you may be considered illegal and/or unethical in some parts. But if we grow the corn under the same stand, with the idea of attracting deer, of course, then it is not only legal, but called in some other quarters “good game management and habitat improvement.” (If not a good way to kill a deer!)

I know of some pretty elaborate elevated hunting stands in the middle of a large food plot, put there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to take advantage of concentrated deer for the purpose of tagging them.

Does anyone else see that maybe this issue needs a bit of ethical fine-tuning?

What’s right and what’s wrong? Some hunters believe that food plots are simply an elaborate and hypocritical way of baiting deer.

State laws differ as widely as individual hunter’s perspectives on the right and wrong of feeding deer. So we can’t look to our governmental game manager’s for a definitive answer.

States where no deer feeding is allowed include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

However, baiting deer is allowed in these states: Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

And yet other states, a third category, have current restrictions on baiting deer, kind of walking the line between deeming the process of putting out food to attract deer for the purpose of hunting as OK in some situations, but not in others. They are: Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

The creation of food plots has evolved into a million-, if not billion-dollar cottage industry, attached to the world of hunting through an umbilical chord of seed. And it has become an extremely competitive business within itself.

Bottom line: The food plot methodology and product that concentrates deer and wildlife in a given location and is marketed best by a company, wins.

Governmental game law regulators should re-examine and redefine the terms of feeding and attracting wildlife and thereby extract itself from the hypocrisy and confusion built into its present regulations and understanding.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

What do you suppose they do about it?  not allow you to hunt near crops?  Not allow you to hunt near a clover field used for dairy?  produce proof that the field will be harvested or fine people that dont harvest their crops?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/02 at 01:51 PM

I think that deer hunters should have to follow the federal migratory regulations on baiting.

Posted by illin on 05/02 at 03:50 PM

If you are not a farmer but as landowner you tell your tenant farmer to leave a small plot uncut, well you are not farming.  You are doing something else.
If you want to improve deer habitat, no problem.  But if you can shoot any deer in your little basket of goodies, well that’s a step too far. 
If a farmer has 300 acres of uncut beans, the deer has a lot of options.  You still have to get close/pattern.  If the plot is 1/2 acre, you take a lot of variables out. 
Illinois is one big food plot, so if I too over generalize the debate, there should be no hunting in Illinois or any major agricultural state with that logic.  Anyone who has any sense knows when its baiting versus just habitat improvement.
This bubble will burst eventually.

Looking at it from the business side, there are not many losers in this process.  The seed guys sell, the small size implements sell, fertilizer, etc.  The state may sell more permits.  The media gets more ad dollars.  The only thing that is lost or diminished is the record book and the sense of quest.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/02 at 10:18 PM

Keep it simple and leave the laws, politics, and especially the more rules and regulations out of the picture. For you as a landowner who is making decisions about what to do with your property.

Does planting plots of food on your property provide more good or more bad to the overall habitat and wildlife that live on or near the land?

Posted by PondGuy on 05/02 at 11:26 PM

Any moron can dump feed on the ground.But taking the time and effort to create a food plot and harvesting deer over that plot is vary rewarding.

Posted by Bwana on 05/03 at 06:41 AM

Maybe we need a LAW that says that deer are to stay at least 75 yards away from any food plot during hunting seasons. Hope no IL rep is viewing these comments.

Posted by fishinpals on 05/03 at 06:54 AM

I have planted food plots since 1995.I hunt a couple hundred yards away. That way on the night the big buck doesn’t come I am not conditioning the other deer where my stand is. I would like Illinois to put a rule in that you can’t hunt within 100 yards of your neighbors fence line without their consent.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 08:26 AM

This is life as we know it in the deer hunting world anymore. Illinois is one big food plot but I dont and wont give the guy who puts in food plots a hard time for hunting over them.  Anyone that has food plots knows that alot of time, effort and money go into food plots.  Its not like you climb up in your stand and kill a booner everytime you hunt over it.  I have been putting in food plots on our ground for years.  Its not only deer that benefit from food plots…. Go watch a turkey with poults in the summer and you will see they spend alot of time bugging in a clover plot and if you know turkeys then you know bugs are essential in the health of a poult. Before you knock it, try it and if you think its a slam dunk on a big buck your totally wrong.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 08:45 AM

Food plots hold the deer on your land…Thats about it.  You dont catch large groups of deer running to your food plot every evening and the majority of the buck activity i get is at night.  As posted above any idiot can dump a bucket of corn on the ground every week under their stand.  And The goof who wrote this mess above doesnt know that the difference is simple.  Food plots scatter the deer out where they arent all eatting off the same plate like a food plot.  WOuld you want to eat off the same plate as a person with a disease or the same table?  Its not that hard to understand wildlife if ya try.  Andy, you do have a point but those food plot hunters you mentioned are extreme.  Most people dont have 20 5 acre grain food plots scattered around but if you have the money and own the ground its your right to plant what you want on it and leave it.  Thats another main difference with feeding and food plots.  With feeding its a direct effect on deer where food plots your telling someone what they can and cant do with their own land.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 08:57 AM

“I would like Illinois to put a rule in that you can’t hunt within 100 yards of your neighbors fence line without their consent.”

KThayer.. I’m not trying to stir up an argument, but if that statement were to become law, it can screw anyone owning properties less than 200 yards wide in any direction.  Combine that with the current law of 300yds from a dwelling without permission, and a big portion of land owners could lose hunting rights on their own property.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 12:15 PM

It’s all about the sport. What ever, food plot or no food plot. Not here too judge but a real deer hunter knows when he does it right. When hes is lucky enough too do it right thats the hunt he remembers most.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 03:00 PM

Come on people.  A food plot is not a bait pile.  I planted my first food plots last year and what a waste of time and money.  This year I’m tearing them up and planting beans.  And yes, I will leave the beans up through the deer season.  Are food plots an edge in the hunter’s favor?  Of course they are.  So what?  Aren’t all of the technological advances in guns, bows, bullets, arrows….all advantages in our favor?  If an Indian saw the way we hunted today, they might consider us all to be cheaters.  Or they may consider us brilliant.  If you want to plant a food plot, go ahead and plant it.  Just ask anyone who hunts food plots if they see the plots filled every night.  I bet the answer is no.  I for oe did not plant the food plots to help me hunt.  I planted them to give something back.  If I succeeded because of the food plot, good for me.  I look at food plots as just another advancement in the hunting industry.  Use the advancement or don’t use it…your call.  I find it funny that people knock hunters who use food plots but never say a darn thing about baiting a hook or using some doe-in-heat scent.  Why is that?  Is it more wrong to hunt a deer over a food plot or sneak into their secluded bedroom and wait till they get home?  Neither.  It’s all just hunting.  The beauty of it is that we, for the most part, get to do it they way we want to.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 03:02 PM

The biggest problem is everyone wants the deer to themselves and this means we obviously have to control what everyone is doing on their own land so they don’t have an advantage.
Personaly as someone who hunts mostly public grounds I’m good with people planting food plots, I may not be able to hunt them but I know the deer will not stay on them forever and I and everyone else have a chance to benefit from them as well.
Gees people this is supposed to be a free country, what next do we need laws saying people can’t piss in the woods that they own? We don’t need new laws dictating what you can and can’t plant on your own land.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 03:40 PM

I for one don’t care either way. It is a free Country, and if it is not illegal, do what you want. My question is why do store’s sell things like the deer cain and all the different types of salt licks etc. etc. when it is illegal to put them out because of the CWD. To me that is not any different than say, selling americahoochie, you can buy it but don’t smoke it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 03:59 PM

Sorry Cougs, by saying the same thing about a free Country, started this message then had a call, but I agree 100%

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 04:02 PM

I’ve got a 5 acre and three acre plot .I never hunt over them…but the deer sure need it in the late winter.i plant beans in both mid oct. i go in and mow them high and shatter them making it easier for the deer to get aug. I plant sugar beats around the edges ,they will be eating those long after bow season go’s out….

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 04:34 PM

Who said they NEED foodplots.  I’ve only read on here that the foodplots help deer and they do.  How horrible to give something back.  Standing Corn, most people I know who plant foodplots also plant bedding areas and then stay out of them to provide the deer with a refuge.  Any problems with that?  Did you ever put a worm on a hook?  By your standards, only a moron would put bait on a hook.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 05:44 PM

he aint to bright is he, T-hugger..a little standing corn sure dont hurt my coonhunting either late winter…if the deer get some good out of it more power to them….

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 06:27 PM

andy- describe YOUR definition of real world hunting! standing corn-what do you do if the guy hunting next to you puts out plots? what if he puts them next to your favorite stand?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 06:39 PM

Coon hunting is exactly what my property needs.  I set up a trail camera to shoot some video over a hen’s nest and the first video I got was a coon running her off her nest at 2:00am and raiding her nest.  That little pice of ____ ate all 16 eggs.  What a waste.  Maybe I should plant eggplants as a food plot for coons so they leave the turkey nests alone.  Just a thought.  Or would that be baiting.  What if I hunted coons over a turkey nest?  Is that baiting?  So many questions, so few answers.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 07:29 PM

No deer don’t need foodplots but is it any different than hunting flooded corn?

What bugs me is Gander over selling salt licks during season.  Hey look it’s a salt lick that looks like a rock. The warden won’t know it’s a salt lick.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 09:11 PM

Baiting or food plot.
10 gallons of corn in a pile.
5 acres of beans in a food plot.
Shooting a bow 15 yards for a sure kill.
Or 50 yards and winging it just because it has 200 inches or because gun season starts next week.
Everything is relative.

Can I get a effectively shoot 20 yards? sure. 30? if not too windy. 40? only if a follow up. 50? do i have pin for that.

At what point is too far for a trophy.

I read a bow-hunting book as a teen.  Pretty sure it was by Chuck Adams.  He had line in it about if you see a trophy and have any shot.  Take it.  You never know when you’ll have the next one.  It struck me then and still is wrong today.

The quest and how you rank your achievement is personal.  Each has their own moral and ethical compass.  What road does yours lead you down?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/03 at 09:17 PM

Standing,Everybody that hunts may not be the Great White Hunter that you are. A person just beginning to hunt is not going to know for sure how to find bedding, staging, feeding areas. How to play the wind, weather, how to watch what trails are being used. What gear to buy that works best for them, broadheads, camo, scent cover or scent lock. And yes, there are some people that just can’t hunt. But, if they feel that a food plot does give them that advantage, go for it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 09:49 AM

Standing Corn, how wrong you are.  Not one chemical has been dropped on my ground…not one.  Also, I do plant trees and bedding areas.  I’m in the process of doing that right now.  Your points are so ridiculous I could whip you in an intellectual argument with half my brain tied behind my back.  You come into this with only one goal.  Stir the pot.  My way or the highway.  It’s the self-righteous like yourself that pit hunters against one another.  I’ve planted food plots that deer eat year round and cover that they utilize year round to benefit the herd.  I have not taken one deer off a food plot.  What have you done for the herd?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 10:02 AM

Standing, If I had food plots out, yes, I would have a stand on each edge of it and hunt the s—t out of it. And I applaud you for the handicapped/youth hunts and the donations you have made to the sporting here in IL. It sounds like you have a bone to pick with farmers though, for using chemicals, it is a business for them to make money, the farming industry puts a lot more bread & butter on tables than the hunting industry does. But if there was other alternatives than the chemicals they use, they would. Most of them have wells they drink out of next to the fields they work. And yes, it still is a free country, what ever people do or say for or on their property is their choice. What ever you do on yours, is your choice only. Just because somebody does something different than you does not make it wrong or right. Buy the way there was a guy on here johnh I think, is your 1000 acres next to his, or are you related? Your views and his are a lot a like my way or the highway!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 11:50 AM

standing, I see where you are coming from, and tend to agree. If I had a food plot out, had spent the money to put it in and said I never hunt it. It would be hard to believe never. But I am sure there are few that do. Some of your statements are made with such a wide brush is where you get people coming at you from all directions. What I would like is if they was giving something back is put the waterways back into their fields to prevent a lot of the run off and I also see a lot of deer feeding in them, any season. But the Bank Managers, and actual Land Owners have the say on that issue. And also standingcorn, please verify that you don’t live here in Sangamon County, I don’t want to be out hunting somewhere and run into you while you are hunting, kind of gives me the creeps

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 12:45 PM

even odds its johnh… Look at the spelling…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 01:09 PM

clint and berlin - and in a previous rant on a post here, johnh said his ground was next to a park, much as he stated above(Kickapoo by Danville).  StandingCorn (in your poop) = johnh

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 01:24 PM

well standing,#1 I don’t go on property unless I am 100% sure of who’s ground I am on, #2 you stated you had a park on one side a river on the other, whick I would think is open to the public and God only knows where your stand is and #3 you either have to drive or take a atv to your stand so you have to be some what close to a road. And #4 do you use doe in heat scent during the rut? That would not be right at all

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 01:43 PM

yeah i could tell for sure it was him.  I hope jeff kicks him and gives him an IP ban.  It gets old really.  Anyone who tries to do anything to better the sport or hunting is greedy and wrong.  I plant food plots yearly and have 2 stands near them in which there has NEVER been a deer shot.  I got one trail cam picture of a buck last year during daylight hours on them and a million at night.  Does it help?  Some but it just offers a stand location NO BETTER than one that can be found with good scouting with no food plots around.  Planted food plots for 10 years or so.  I once killed a deer 400 yards from one.  Thats the closest.  I plant things that are prime during dec,jan,feb So deer have an easier time and put on the weight faster in the summer thus helping horn growth.  And yes, i benefit from a healthy herd along with neighbors and friends.  So i am a saint just like you johnh

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 01:50 PM

Clint - I agree with the banning. 

I too have foodplots (2 of them).  I killed a doe and my son killed a doe on the plots this year.  In regards to kids, plots are great for getting kids interested and hooked on hunting.  I have a double stand on both foodplots and sit with my son on hunts, teaching him as we observe.  Obviously, the plots bring in more deer and during hunting hours, affording the chance for my son to learn by watching the deer and their behaviors.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 03:26 PM

Everyone needs to learn not to respond to ANY posts that are from known trouble makers. I highly doubt if Jeff will ban these guys, so it’s up to you not to give them the fuel they feed on. Just ignore them and hopefully they’ll just go away.

Posted by Marc Anthony on 05/04 at 04:25 PM

Without name calling, slander, or immature behavior I will just add that what a law-abiding citizen does on his/her property is no one else’s business. I can’t believe this topic has gotten so many feathers ruffled.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 05:00 PM

Standingcorn… My benefit comes that it helps bucks get older since they are stressed during the rut and NEED help to ensure more older bucks make it.  All deer benefit.  It also helps me with observation as i stated.  It does not help me harvest a deer in the least as a bait source.  You are one clueless human being feeling as though everyone is completely me me me.  Animal bodies naturally crave supplements in which they need to replenish their bodies.  My soy beans get no action from OCT till mid december then there are 20 to 40 in our 3 acre plot every day.  If this helps ONE doe survive its worth the effort.  No one here is really saying all deer would die off without food plots.  But they are more healthy and their bodies less stressed.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 05:15 PM

So COrn,your saying two guys get on here spouting the same story about owning 1000 acres of land and all they do is hunt their own land next to parks smile And you appeared a month after johnh was banned using a topic in which he was very aggressively discussed.  And I know people who own a 1000 acres that do no work and kill trophy deer yearly on their posted land.  Frankly with owning 1000 acres, you will never know if you can hunt or not.  A guy would have to be the worst hunter in the world to post 1000 acres and not be able to kill whatever type of deer they desire.  Im on my second trophy room and all the deer but one came from asking for permission on land that NO ONE is turned down on.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 05:20 PM

Attempting to explain deer management and biology to someone who doesnt care is a waste of time but im at work and bored so i will.  If the deer arent required to lose body weight by tough winters, they will likely be healthy and their body will be in better condition to put antler on during the spring instead of having to use the nutrients to put weight back on. As you can see the two are directly related. ive killed deer off my own land.  We plant food plots on land owned by friends.  And i have killed deer there too just not near the food plots.  My land is to close the flood zone to worry about planting plots.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 08:30 PM

My $0.02.

Typically, when you ask hunters who have food plots, the most likely response is that they put them in to help deer/other critters.  But the 2nd response is usually to concentrate deer for hunting.  So, food plots have dual purposes, I don’t think that anyone disagrees with that. 

Now, IL is a bit different than most states (its one big food plot for the most part-someone said that I think).  Food plot use/misuse stems from popular literature and hunting community in the SE US which is dominated by poor vegetative conditions typically dude to low quality soils.  In those cases, food plots do likely provide a source of additional nutrients/forage that typically are available in less quantity.  In addition, they can concentrate deer in specific locations in the big woods, which helps with hunting obviously.

Having said all that, I am pretty confident that while deer obviously use food plots, they are not representing a significant amount of their seasonal nutritional requirements. The scientific literature basically says that you can create high quality forage in a food plot, but not to the level where you can increase capacity to such a level that you significantly increase population carrying capacity in your area well above what it would have been without basically making your place one big food plot.


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 08:59 PM

For the record.  I am not a farmer, never was, and never will be.  Get your facts straight genius.  Opinions and theories are one thing, name calling and accusations are another.  Save your rants for the real people who ruin hunting…trespassers and poachers.  Marc is right.  I’m done with this conversation.  Just wanted to get one more of his facts straightened out.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 09:50 PM

BTW, I don’t think you’re a dumba__.  I just think you lack people skills.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/04 at 09:54 PM

Hey Standing corn - the hundreds of Oaks
I planted the last few yrs - I guess according to
your theory - they will be food plots in 20 to 30
yrs.  The intent on planting them was to improve
the land and also to provide a food source.
You hunt near oaks or any other food source?
Good for you if your 1000 acres is completely
pristine and replenished without the help of man
from days of yore.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 07:33 AM

Illin-federal migratory.. Why?!  with baiting a migrating species,  birds that migrate, nesting in Canada or North Dakota, then wintering thousands of miles south, millions of people have to manage the same animals together! most people cant even manage their deer, By ourselves.
  The Kiskeys and lakockys however you spell them.. and all those who manage their farms, don’t grow huge deer with their food plots they grow huge deer because they manage they farms and manage their deer herd. They pass on the 3.5 year olds and shoot mature deer!!  And manage your habitat!! Illinois needs to go to one buck a year!! They did it in Indiana maybe 7 years ago!! They are shooting nice bucks, you can spotlight survey at night, and they went from seeing maybe one nice buck, to now seeing several nice mature bucks! I turkey hunted there on a farm there the guy shot a 214” monster!! The neighboring states are going to out manage us, if we done do something now!!! We need to manage our timber, plant native warm season grasses, and manage our deer herds, shoot the right does! Make hunting what it is about, Family and friends and making memories! Not shooting bucks, if we take care of our herd/habitat, it will be around forever! But if we don’t?….we have to leave it better for our children then we found it!
  How about we stop using this great site for our own selfishness and writing personal attacks and try to communicate, and lets put our heads together to try to help Illinois for the greater good, instead of bashing everyone’s opinion….we all have our opinions and that all they are,  Opinions!!!  Some good and some not so good!

food plot phil

Posted by food plot phil on 05/05 at 07:45 AM

Amen food plot phil.You sound like a smart man. Just my opinion.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 07:53 AM

Everyone heed Marc’s advice.  Ignore!  Ignore!  Ignore!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 09:59 AM

What we need is less mindless, Anti whatever anyone says blogs and more educated insightful, blogs!!!

Posted by food plot phil on 05/05 at 10:19 AM

Standing corn-the deer don?t need our help?!? I?m not old enough to had been around when there wasn?t many deer around here, but yes they needed our help to be reintroduced, and if we?re not careful they will need it again! People that just listen to the state regulations and think there gold, people don?t take the time and look at their deer herd, and evaluate the needs of the deer on their land!
?Sorry but if people think they can learn to hunt by sitting by a food plot there mistaken?-standing corn?. That?s a great way to learn about deer to watch them?
First of all there are 2 kinds of food plots, feeding plots (big) and hunting plots (small). Hunting plots are small and I only hunt them in November!! Stress and pressure affect animals greatly!!! Now the big plots are for food, I wouldn?t recommend hunting (a few times is ok)!
I don?t hunt over food plots much, but for a different reason, not because I don?t want standing corn to think I?m an idiot. But the pressure factor, if you eat from the cookie jar and your mother slaps your hand, you don?t go back when she?s around, you go back at night!! Same with deer, but its life and death! You harvest a bunch of deer off a plot, they know, some of them see it with their own eyes!  Food Plots are to help you deer in winter and hunting plots help your ecosystem; not just deer, turkeys, pheasant, quail, and even songbirds! We are to be stewards of the land! We are to manage what we have!! And yes food plots, help! But you need more than plot, you need cover, we need to manage our timber! And most importantly we need to manage the deer herd itself!

Foodplot Phil

Posted by food plot phil on 05/05 at 10:20 AM

Good afternoon. I must say this blog is the most entertaining one since the great timber wolf debate of March.I am new to this whole thing, was going to plant turnips and soy beans for the deer and other animals for the upcoming winter. I am a meat hunter and like to eat deer , so I go for the big fat mature doe.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 12:58 PM

Good afternoon, I must say this is the most exciting blog since the great timber wolf debate of March. I was going to plant some turnips and soybeans for the animals for later this year but decided against it because my land is between a bean field and a corn field, should be plenty extra. As far as food plot , I think that tv and big name hunters have given us a (plant this and you will surly get a deer,brainwashing)but I also believe if a man works hard and pays for his land he is entitled to plant a food plot and if he desires to hunt over it that is his right.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 01:16 PM

Hunting has become a sport of man vs man almost as much as it is man vs beast.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 02:36 PM

right on Shelby,and SandingCorn, in a way we are stewards, it is up to us as the hunters and fishers of the State to keep an eye on what is going on, who else is? PETA, OH BOY. You, yourself stated that you donate to certain groups. and by your stand on things I don’t think you give your money to somebody that would recommend rape, pillage and plunder of our game and resources. You do make another good point, like i’ve stated, food plots don’t bother me one bit, but when the state brought back the white tail I am sure that they didn’t go around planting food plots so that the deer could survive, I also believe genetics between that certain buck & doe is what is really going to give you that certain monster buck everybody looks for, yes,the food helps, but I still think the big boy’s a lot of it is in the genes.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 03:32 PM

WE are such a rich country.  For some this topic is described as a made up problem.  Shoot a deer in a huge bean field and no one thinks about the beans.  Shoot a deer in a set aside little garden and some say its pure baiting.  I tend to think its closer to baiting and not worth the effort.  For some it gets you out of the house and into the woods.  It may even give you a sense of connection and accomplishment.  For some it may be a marketing thing to show your clients that you have taken all the steps necessary to justify the huge price tag for the hunt.  Whatever works for you.

Hunting whitetails is becoming a blend of Nascar sponsor/you tube/facebook/reality show/soap opera.

Nascar - the list of sponsors in some articles sounds like a driver thanking his sponsors.
YouTube/Facebook - have to have video to show the world how many seasons you filmed your trophy.  Have to use the latest fad/trends.
Reality show/soap opera - this site seems to be such high drama.  Soap operas have the same story line over and over. You can step away for a month/year and never miss a beat.  Same here on this site.  Some days, the site should be renamed to Prairieland Soap Opera.  It keeps me tuned in.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/05 at 07:12 PM

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