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What’s the difference in baiting and food plots?


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

I've been watching and reading all the information on baiting in Michigan. I was told some time back by a retiring DNR officer that baiting here would be gone for good within seven years. I didn't believe him then.

But if you look at the facts I now understand. They stopped baiting because it puts deer in a close area promoting the spread of disease. I've hunted for 45 years the last few using two gallons of chopped apples and corn mixture spread out under an old apple tree. I've never had more than 2-3 deer there at a time and seldom did they touch and normally ate the entire apple cut up.

The NRC allows private landowners to have food plots and I've seen as many as 20-25 deer at a time in those and have seen 2-3 deer eat off the same turnip or the same alfalfa plant. So, why is that different than my apples corn mixture? The deer are touching each other, eating off the same plant, leaving their urine and droppings among one another. If anything it's more dangerous than bait that's only there for a month. The food plot is there all year holding droppings, urine and who knows how many different deer in the field each day.

I'll give you a suggestion. Maybe it's because NRC members own properties or hunt properties where there are big food plots and it would hurt them, as opposed to "John Q Middle Class," who can't afford to buy 100s of acres of land to plant food plots. Have you ever seen a NRC, DNR or political figure on a hunting show hunting public land? I haven't. Maybe it's as that DNR officer said, they want the hunting in Michigan to be for rich and the "John Q Middle Class" and below to stay home and dream or settle for the occasional doe or spike that wanders off their lands. For the first time in 45 years I'm going to hunt Illinois and spend my money there.

Frustrated Hunter

David Douthwaite


April 28, 2009

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