Here in Missouri baiting is illegal. You can put out food between seasons but it must be removed, or gone, 10 days before season opens. If you're caught hunting over a spot that's baited, even if you're not aware it was there, your busted just as if you put it there yourself. My son and I almost had that happen. We were hunting on a state wildlife area and were headed to our favorite food plot. We happened upon the local Game Warden on the way there and stopped to talk with him. When we told him where we were going he informed us that they had busted somebody for dumping corn out there. Legally speeking, that made that particular food plot off limits to hunting for the period of 10 days after the corn was gone. If we hadn't seen the Warrden, and was caught hunting there, we could have been arrested, lost our hunting licenses, and privleges, and hit with a hefty fine. Needless to say, we were bummed. Like Paul, I believe a food plot is the best bet and it's my opinion, also like Paul mentioned, that deer prefer natural foods and will pass up something unfamiliar to them as long as a natural food is available. They do allow you to put out salt and mineral blocks though and sometimes they do draw deer to them though never as good as they advertise.
Edited by Spirithawk, 14 June 2006 - 01:01 PM.