There you go, and I guess next you be supporting trashing bow season.Just to be clear. My stance on baiting or non-baiting is, it’s largely semantics.
If you hunt over a pile, you’re baiting.
If you hunt over a feeder, you’re baiting.
If you hunt over a food plot, you’re baiting.
If you hunt over a corn field, you’re baiting, even if you are off the field on a well used trail .....going to the cornfield
I can even make the same case if you’re hunting the only water for several hundred acres, (lots of antelope are killed every year this way, including the one in my avatar.)
The same thing can be said for a scrape line, acorns, etc. The fact is, even if you didn’t put out corn or plant a crop, you aren’t hunting in the Walmart parking lot, you’re hunting where you think or have reason to believe a deer wants to be, and that scrape, trail, or farm crop across the fence gives you an advantage over the deer. Even the act of using a treestand gives you an advantage or you would never climb a tree.
The only “pure” hunting would have to be what I call “still hunting”, just you and the deer playing hide and seek in the woods, and both on the ground. I hunted a lot like this as a young man, not very successfully, but there weren’t many deer here then. I’m sure I could do better now, for a couple days and by then I’d blow all the deer out and it would be over.
My point is, I use corn, maybe you use something else, but we are ALL doing something that’s not natural to give us an advantage.
I haven't hunted over bait for years, but have done so. Trick for mature deer is to hunt 75 + yds off the feeder for best success. They scent ck them just like fields.
And as for feeding corn to deer causing their demise by acidosis, not sure I buy that. They are always claiming same thing in this state. I assure you if corn feeding thru hunting season caused deer death, there wouldn't be a deer left in this state. There's a corn pile or feeder behind every tree here thru hunting season.
The one thing advantage of hunting over bait, you have your deer at a relaxed set distance and most often in the same spot.
$8/bag of corn this year I'm not sure how some afford it. I'd rather concentrate on cover than worry of throwing out food but I have no problem with those who do. And if you don't want bear, then forgo the corn, or don't complain of them.