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Baiting Deer???

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I'm new here so I don't know if this was a topic before? I want to know what yall think about Baiting? I'm hunting in MS now and can't legally bait deer but from what i've seen lots of hunters do it anyway!. I see lots of pic. with deer eating from bait piles at NIGHT but do yall kill Bucks eating from them??, I tried corn in LA. years ago with no luck,all that I saw during daylight was a few does and fawns. Is it Ethical to bait?, Is it fair chase? Personaly I choose not to bait and I hope MS never makes it legal! but to each his own!....Pic. of my 2 best bucks(130 class)
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   Don T
I hunt and bait in LA. Early in bow season I have had a few 2.5 year old bucks come to the bait. I once had a mature buck in early November. Other than that it is usually yearlings, does, and fawns. I started baiting 2 years ago because everybody around me baits very heavy. I wouldn't miss it if it were made illegal except for at the trailcams. I enjoy getting trailcam pictures almost as much as hunting.
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   citykitty
I use corn and rice bran during the deer season. I do see alot of fawns, does and turkeys. I have taken several bucks near bait, but only a few coming to the corn or rice bran. Most are killed around the rutt, following the does that are eating the corn.
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   pecka
Most people use bait to draw in the doe's in hopes that a buck will follow her.
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keep the does around the bucks will hang around too!
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even though i do use corn and ricebran and foodplots thats mostly for attracting the does and hoping the bucks will follow.have killed several does around corn but only 1 buck an average 8 point opening morning 2006.If im after the bigger bucks im usually in the oak bottoms and thickets!!By the way 2 verry nice deer!!!
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   BLKSHEEP
I thought this would fire up more people!, if it's ok to bait for deer? then why not TURKEYS????
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   E--man
sheep,
If you are a turkey hunter you know the answer to your own question.
When i deer hunted i used corn, sweet feed ,etc to keep deer in the area. not so much to kill one while eating at the trough.
But w/a pile of corn you can draw in all most every turkey in the area to that spot.
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While a eastern gobbler at times seems to be the smartest animal in the woods they just loose it for a pile of corn!! for me its the thrill of calling ole long spurs in!!!!!when hunting on the bosses lease in texas which has a fall season and rifles are legal(for rio grandes only)just didnt seem right to shoot one at a feeder 150 yds away..But fresh fried turkey is hard to pass up!!!
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   NIMROD
Do not really know why but deer in SE LA are too smart to eat corn;weather and natural food availabilty probaly has something to do with. TX,AR allow baiting and the deer eat it up.Never seen any big'uns killed over bait(corn) personally.However, the question becomes is a winter food plot bait.....food for deer to eat and folks hunt over it.Just thought I'd toss that out...lots of deer killed over green fields.
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I think baiting in OK. Its not like you are going to kill something everytime you go out. Now that would be a different story if you did but you dont. I know in missippi you can have food plots. I think that is almost the same thing as baiting. Where I hunt it is mostly swamp so there isnt much food source. So we use soy beans soaked in water. We might go two weeks with out seeing a single deer. An if you see one it is usually does. You might get lucky every now and then and get a buck to come to the feed. Its not every time you go. So I dont see nothing wrong with baiting
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   crystal16
ya nice size deer you got!
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   woodman
I think we are all missing the real point on baiting. We have been baiting and since the game we hunt are able to adapt to pressures and conditions they do. I have picture after picture literally probably 500 pictures showing great bucks eating but all at night. Lots of does all day every day, but the bucks of any quality only come out at night. If there were one thing i can say it appears if you are going to bait it should be with timed feeders in an effort to make the deer work off of your schedule not us work off their schedule. CORN or RICE BRAN are all empty calories and really bring no nutritional benefit and that is what we need for a health heard and quality bucks. That is my 2 cents. I would like for Louisiana to stop baiting as well and i feel we would benefit with quality food plots much better.
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Woodman you hit the nail there bud.
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I personally think we all would see more deer if no one baited. But since baiting is legal, then bait and bait ALOT, more than the next guy.
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This is a post from 2007, but if you have questions abou tthis topc, but sure and go to our video page - former state Deer Study Leader and LouisianaSportsman.com blogger Dave Moreland has a short vid with his take on baiting.

Very interesting and informative.
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   glen 969
We turn up our corn feeders after the acorn play out. Next week we will refill all feeders & make sure they are working. This is the hardest time for deer. Middle of winter bucks just out of rut, does pregnut and little green to feed on. Yes we have boxs over the feeders mosely for the kids to get close enough to enjoy the wildlife. We will shoot a doe for the freezer sometimes. But I have 2 8points and a 10 and 12 mounted hanging on my wall and none of them came from being fed corn. And they all come from s. La. G
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   ROB213
I wish they would ban Baiting for Deer, its a great way to make your deer go noctural. We've been keeping records for the last 10 years on our lease, and the guys who use bait have killed less deer every year, than the guys who don't. To date not a single big buck has been taken over bait.
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...watch the little ones BKS...we had one stumble and a point just missed his eye...nice buck,cheers
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