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Is bait hunting fair chase?

Baiting is a lazy way to hunt. I know, I've done it. There was no challenge and little thrill involved. I shot several deer with both rifle and bow over bait...lazy. Then I challenged myself to learn how to hunt. The day I shot a nice 7 point buck from 7 yards with my bow...no bait, stands as one of my best hunting moments. Since then I've come to appreciate the hunting experience for it's totality and while I don't always see deer every time I go out, I experience nature as intended and when a wary whitetail makes it's way down a narrow trail or edges it's way up a steep draw and finds itself under my stand....that's living.

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

For the record, hunting deer with bait is illegal in Alabama. And there's good reason, too. Alabama has over 1.75 million whitetails, and a typical harvest is over 250,000 per year. There's a huge swath across the state where whitetail populations exceed 45 per square mile. The limit for buck season is one deer PER DAY. During hunter's choice season, the limit is two per day, only one of which may be an antlered buck. Seasons generally run from late November through mid to late January. Who needs to bait?

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

Well said Keepitsimple.

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

if you bait hunt you might as well raise livestock and get paid for it; it domesticates the game...

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

Good gravy. THE baiting thread raises its ugly head again. Some things never die.

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

I hate to agree with the anti-hunters, but bait hunting is not hunting. Furthermore, killing a selected animal from an elevated wooden box over a food plot is not hunting either. The Outdoor Channel is not doing hunters a favor by showing this type of footage. It's hard to justify sitting in a wooden box over a food plot as hunting.

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Is bait hunting fair chase?

Baiting is a tool to use just like anything else. I myself prefer more traditional methods, but I will harvest a deer off of a cornpile if the season is late and the freezer is empty, especially during bow season. Many people do not have the time to spend on scouting and putting up tree stands and patterning deer. For those people, baiting can help (not guarantee) them get venison, whether or not it was "fair chase". This also achieves some measure of herd management. For those who can spend countless hours in the field, count yourselves lucky. If some people have a better chance of getting a deer using bait, why not let them? it doesn't mean everyone has to do it. It isn't the best hunting has to offer, but it does serve a purpose.

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