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Food plot vs. Bait pile

     This can be quite a sticky topic with many hunters. I hear many hunters are outraged when someone says they hunt over a bait pile. But yet those same hunters will put their time and money into a food plot to draw the game to them. I would also be willing to bet that hunting over a food plot would greatly increase your chances af shooting what you are after than hunting over a bait pile would. So, I would like to know why there is so much outrage over this. I think if it is legal in your state then so be it. Many people who use bait piles don't have their own land and can't make food plots so they use a little bait pile instead. What are some of your opinions?

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I think that you hit the nail

I think that you hit the nail on the head with your statement about people who do not own land they can put food plots on, so they use bait piles.  I believe that there is little practical difference between the two.  In the instance of my cousins farm in Pennsyvlania, they put in food plots and then other hunters and surrounding property owners accuse them of drawing all the local deer to their property by "baiting" deer, which is illegal in Penna. Their reply is "put in your own food plots". I have found that baiting mostly attracts the does and young bucks. we seldom see mature bucks at bait piles during day light. They do show up on trail cameras after dark.  Baiting is a hot issue here in Michigan since it was banned in the Lower Peninsula but not in the Upper Peninsula where I live.  I do put out bait piles in certain areas to attract the does, which in turn attract the bucks, JUST LIKE FOOD PLOTS DO!! I prefer to hunt natural food sources like apple trees or acorn ridges but help a local tree farmer with crop damage permits and we use bait piles for that purpose because we can only shoot does on the management permits.

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If its legal why not

I prefer a bait pile over food plots just for the fact of its easier for me, I don’t have the equipment to start a food plot so its bait piles. If its legal why not I fined most people who complain about it are the ones to lazy to get out and do the extra work. I often find that I don’t hunt over the pile but use it for my preseason scouting to find out what’s in the area. Where I live the our hunting area is so vast that not many complain about using it to draw deer to the land you hunt.

 

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Bait Piles?...is that where u

Bait Piles?...is that where u throw a pile of bait on ground?...What i have is what i call a Feed'r...55 gallon drum hung up with a timer n slinger....just like a food plot that kin B hard werk 2,lug'n 400 pound's of korn 200 yard's thru wood's...i'm tire'd already!...Gonna C if i kin git sum citrus pulp this year,they luv that 2...

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I've hunted over both and

I've hunted over both and quite frankly I don't care what other hunters choose to do.  Baiting is illegal in Wisconsin, but I have nothing against it regardless.  I plant foodplots every year; for my dad and myself there is a certain sense of satisfaction in producing a crop....even if it's just for the deer to feed on. 

Hunters need to support hunters, the way I see it greed and jealousy is what turns us against each other and our sport is the one that will ultimately lose if we can't stand together. 

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Your right

Str8shooter wrote:

I've hunted over both and quite frankly I don't care what other hunters choose to do.  Baiting is illegal in Wisconsin, but I have nothing against it regardless.  I plant foodplots every year; for my dad and myself there is a certain sense of satisfaction in producing a crop....even if it's just for the deer to feed on. 

Hunters need to support hunters, the way I see it greed and jealousy is what turns us against each other and our sport is the one that will ultimately lose if we can't stand together. 

 

Well said, We all have to stick together!

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I dont care either way, as

I dont care either way, as long as baiting is legal in your state then go for it. If I owned some land I would plant some food plots but since i dont i would use a bait pile, but regardless plots or bait doesnt garentee deer or atleast while your there.

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Yep,your rite...it does'nt

Yep,your rite...it does'nt garenT deer...i've sat on'em many hour's an not C nut'n...put camera's on them an the BIG Boy'z come out after dark...i've onlt taken 1 wall hanger off feeder,he made the mistake of followin a doe N,she musta been Hot...i figure it just helps keep'em N the area a lil better.

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I wish they didn't bait...but

I wish they didn't bait...but (assuming) it's legal so if that's your thing go for it. If I had to choose between the two I would choose a food plot. More work, definitely but a "good" food plot will do more good for for more deer than a bait pile that disappears the day after you've tagged your buck.

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Food plot vs. Bait pile

I've never done either myself, don't know anybody that has, and would have to double check the regs to see if piles are even legal here... seems to me they are not for most things?

I don't have a problem with anything that is legal, to each their own with that.

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Str8shooter wrote:   I've
Str8shooter wrote:

 

I've hunted over both and quite frankly I don't care what other hunters choose to do.  Baiting is illegal in Wisconsin, but I have nothing against it regardless.  I plant foodplots every year; for my dad and myself there is a certain sense of satisfaction in producing a crop....even if it's just for the deer to feed on. 

Hunters need to support hunters, the way I see it greed and jealousy is what turns us against each other and our sport is the one that will ultimately lose if we can't stand together. 

I live in wisconsin to and i'm pretty sure correct me if im wrong.  That you can bait but you can only use like 1 gallon per hunter every 40 acres or somthing like that.

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