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Old 11-01-2008, 08:10 AM
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ive been hunting over it this year but before my first and only two deer where not shot overe a bait pile
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:28 AM
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Where legal, I don't see a problem with it.

I own 80 acres and this year I put out a feeder and a couple trophy rocks in a small persimmons grove next to my 9 acre pond. My stand is about 300 meters away overwatching the avenue of approach. My neighbor also put in 12 acres of corn on my place this year, which was just harvested and left a lot of residue.

Since SEP I've been tracking the use of my little "bait station" using a game camera. To date I've taken a bunch of pictures of deer, to include a nice 10 and 8PT and a couple other little bucks using the area. I've gotten up to 5 deer at a time using the trophy rock and feeder. Unfortunately, not one picture was taken during legal shooting time, not one.

This morning I went out before sunrise to check on the property. I saw the 10PT working a scrape, and two smaller bucks in the cornfield feeding. Nothing at the feeder. While I was there, the feeder went off and all 3 deer went about their business, no "dinner bell" effect, no stampede. Last year I had the feeder up for the late season and about the only animals that did respond like a Pavlov's dog were a couple fat lazy mallards, a small covey of quail,and a squirrel. The deer showed up whenever they felt like it, pretty much like this year.

Granted, this is a small sampling, but I don't think baiting is quite as effective as some make it out to be.

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