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Thread: Let's try and settle this once and for all...

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    Default Let's try and settle this once and for all...

    What is the deer's favorite cereal grain?

    I have planted a couple small side by sides with oats, rye, wheat, and sucraseed's pasture sweetener (hybrid high sugar rye grass blend).

    Getting ready




    Test plot #1 (order of oats, rye, sucraseed, wheat from the corner of entry)




    Test plot #2 (order is sucraseed, wheat, rye, and oats from the corner of entry)




    A taste tester entering the plot...





    to be continued.....
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    So, I'm still not satisfied w/ the previous responses from our resident deer hunters. Please tell me how this is not baiting. Yeah, I get the part that you're cultivating/sowing/harvesting, but you're doing all of this for the express purpose of bringing a deer into [your preferred] shooting range. How is that not baiting?

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    Food plots provide superior nutrition for an extended period of time. Bait piles are only available during the hunting season and do nothing to aid nutrition. I'm not saying bait piles are worthless, they can be useful for keeping deer numbers under control where they are legal.
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    Agreed with 31.

    So it's not technically baiting...but aren't you altering what would be natural behaviors of foraging? You are feeding them good food, which is great, but you are feeding them and working to alter what would be their natural patterns so that you can shoot them in your field?

    LOL - I love to hunt and kill deer too, but I've never gotten the whole feed plot, bait box and sit in a blind thing...just doesn't seem fair or very sporting. IMO

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    Not a hunter her so I am going at this expecting to get blasted. My understanding is that people plant food plots to enhance the deer growth and grow trophies??? This is just a guess from watching some hunting shows. If I were a hunter I would be all about making the meat the best. Sort of like corn fed beef.

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    Corn fed beef is a stretch, but the same principle. Larger, healthier, deer with larger antlers. Us hunters like big horns!

    I realize that baiting is illegal in VA, so I think some of you are overestimating the effectiveness. It will get you some meat if that is all you are after, but no mature buck is coming to a bait pile during legal shooting hours.

    Food plots are generally even less effective as hunting spots (depending on the layout) due to being in wide open areas vs a bait pile which can put where the deer are (woods/cutover). All plants need direct sunlight to grow, and deer do not wander around in sunlight. Again, the point is actually helping the deer vs simply killing them.

    Hope that cleared some things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnfsnva View Post
    Agreed with 31.

    LOL - I love to hunt and kill deer too, but I've never gotten the whole feed plot, bait box and sit in a blind thing...just doesn't seem fair or very sporting. IMO
    But you have just mixed two totally different things with food plot and bait box - which contradict the very principles. As for sporting then we should eliminate the use of high powered rifles that could take a deer at 300+ yards. Since a deer could be shot long before he makes it to a food plot.

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    31 is just stirring to pot here. Don't pay any attention to him! LOL He thinks it's baiting if you sit under an oak tree dropping acorns too. He crawls through the woods and bushes on his hands and knees with a knife and hunts them down old school. He's crazy like that! LOL
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    LOL - I guess I'm trying to stir the pot a bit too.

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