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I grew up in an area where baiting deer wasn’t a question. It was a simple matter of fact that everyone you knew who hunted deer also set out a pile of bait, or food, to attract the deer. Some deer hunters claimed that the food made the deer stop long enough for them to get an accurate lethal shot. Others claimed that the food attracted the doe which in turn attracted the buck during the rutting period and, since the bucks were really only interested in the doe, the hunter wasn’t actually baiting a buck. It seemed that everyone had a reason for “baiting the deer” as it was called and some hunters went to extreme measures of dumping entire truckloads of cabbages, pumpkins, corn, and beets in the field to attract and hold the deer. The hunter dumping a truckload of bait on the ground had to because his neighbor dumped a half truckload and all the deer went over there. I guess you see the picture and escalation but, it doesn’t stop there.

Yet another group of hunters would argue the point that the landowner who planted a food plot for the deer also has baited the animals in for the shot. Does it make a difference because he planted clover? Had he planted corn or squash specifically for the deer in the same spot would he or she be labeled as baiting the deer but the fact that legumes of some sort were planted instead draws the label of being a provider for the deer as well as a wise steward of the land. Is this really the case?

Does it matter what you plant in the ground if the intention of the food substance is to attract and hold deer for the purpose of harvesting one of these animals?


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Are Food Plots Bait Stations – Comment Corner Discussion — 16 Comments

  1. I dont like baiting because it is not natural and gives the hunter an extra chance to kill a deer that he probably wouldnt get without the bait.

  2. i have been hunting since i was a little girl and thats a lot of years now. i am one of them people who hunt over a food plot and i did plant it just for deer hunting. i wont lie and say ti was to help the deer in any way. it was to help me get a deer and it has many times. i see it the very same as baiting or as some try to call it luring the deer.

  3. I have a friend who hunts in an apple orcahrd and thinks he is not using the apples as bait. not the same i guess but kind of. anyway he thinks if it is natural then its ok but he says he wouldnt go somewhere and dump apples on the ground and hunt. i think its going to have the same affect and i think hunting over a food plot is baiting the deer.

  4. you people who think hunting over a food plot is the same as hunting over a pile of corn or whatever have no clue what youre talking about. I hunt over a food plot so big you couldnt shoot a deer from one end to another. how does that give me an adavantage? put in some work instead of throwing out some bait and you might see differently.

  5. it doesnt matter what you plant. If you planted for the deer and to hunt those deer it is BAIT! Plain and simple! It’s your choice to hunt as you like within the regulations of the rules and people will interpret the rules and regs differently.

  6. Are food plots bait stations? If solely for the purpose of attracting deer (not dual purpose like a cornfield or apple orchard), they are- bait = to attract. Now, is there anything wrong with that? I personally like the idea of using food plots to help sustain deer through the winter or to provide nutrition to grow bigger deer. However, I’m not sure I’d hunt over one… on the way to-from bedding/feeding spots- I probably would. What’s the difference? Not sure there is one. Just my preference, just as some stalk- some sit in tree stands- some prefer the base of a big oak tree. As long as you are hunting within the law… hunt your way.

  7. yes a food plot is the same as a pile of bait if you hunt over it. I dont use anything other than my skills and my weapon each year so I may be a little biased in my answer becasue thats the way I think it should be done.

  8. HUNTING IS ABOUT YOU AND THE DEER NOT ABOUT JO BOB AND HIS APPLE ORCHARD,WHETHER YOU HUNT WITH A FOOD PLOT OR NOT THE DEER CAN STILL SMELL YOU JUST THE SAME.IVE HUNTED BOTH WAYS AND HAD THE SAME AMOUNT OF LUCK.THERE IS NO DIFFRENCE IN USING SCENT REPLENT,MY ADVISE IS EVERBODY DO IT THERE WAY AND HAVE FUN AND KEEP YOUR MORALS.AFTER ALL ITS ALOT OF FUN,IT BOTHERS ME TO SEE MY FELLOW HUNTERS ARGUING OVER FOOD PLOTS LETS GET SOME HUNTING DONE

  9. i hunt in the corfields every year on the farm. we dont plant the vcorn for the deer. trust me, we hate how much corn the deer eat. the corn is for our cattle and techincally you could call it a food plot but for sure you can call it bait. so to me they are the same. i like to see these opinions from other hunters no matter what they think.

  10. A good spirited debate over issues that many of us are clouded is not pitting hunter against hunter. it’s nice to have a venue where we can speak our minds and not be edited down to the punctuation. I think the food plot is no different then the bait or than the standing natural vegetation for that matter. it’s all bait to some point and we hunt it one way or another whether it;s trails to and from the area or right on top of a major feeding area.

  11. I hunt the edge of the pumpkin patch which is more like a field of 40 acres of pumpkins. i consider the pumpkins bait. if it was clover or anything else in the field I would call it a food plot and not a bait station. but I would prolly still hunt the same place because thats where the deer are here.

  12. I’m not a deer hunter. Came here for the guy shooting a deer in his house story but read this one also. From an outsiders point of view these sound the same to me by the descriptions. At least the outcome is the same for the deer.

  13. to me there is no difference. both are equal no matter what anyone calls it. i still see it a a good place to hunt deer. thats all i care about is fresh venison.

  14. Iwould like to suggest that every thing comes to who makes the money! The farmer who makes thier money selling unsold corn carrots beets apples ect. or the vast amount of seed companies, the fertilizer companies, the ones that produce salt products, lures that contain sweets, atv distributors so you can pull your plows and disc to plant! With all this just stop and think of all the JOBS that would be lost and the MONEY not put into the economy if we hunters attack other hunters for how they like to enjoy thier sport. Before you know it you will not need a firearm to hunt or for any other reason! Think of the jobs and lost tax dollars!! what are we doing to ourselves and why?