October 14, 2013 at 8:41pm
I feed the deer on my hunting property. I think there is a line between baiting and feeding and most times that line is drawn inaccurately, especially by those who are against the practice. I do agree that it is foolish to think that you will kill a legit buck over a pile of corn, unless said buck is just starving. But, I do think it is foolish to criticize those who take the initiative to invest time and money into their herd.
I do agree that it is silly to find a rub or scrape line and automatically think ' Hey, I'm gonna go back to the camp and get me a sack of corn'
What everyone does is different.
I think it is unfair to stereotype hunters that utilize feed into a broad category as some type of dummy going out and finding a few rubs and throwing some corn out. Granted some do this, but I believe many hunters feed in a sensible fashion.
I think there are multiple problems that cause people to not see as many deer as they like.
1. Shooting too many deer from one area. You can continuously shoot deer from the same spot and expect them to keep coming there. If you have a spot you really think you can kill a good buck out of, you need to stick with that plan. Have a stand some what dedicated to shooting does if thats your thing. We do not shoot many does on our property, the guys on the bordering property do that for us.
2. OP, you mentioned maybe deer would be less nocturnal. I am personally outspoken on this issue. I think the deer are more nocturnal because there is more and more pressure on the deer. Maybe it is from people going in and feeding, but as someone involved with farming we see deer all year on places we are at every day. I think the deer are more nocturnal from being shot at everyday during the season. I think with better buck size rules and going back to doe days, I think we would see more deer.
Just my thoughts, everyone is entitled to their beliefs and these are mine.