Many hunters feel that banning deer baiting will change the sport in a big way. Without a doubt, the biggest argument in favor of deer baiting is based on the perception that baiting increases a hunter's success [source: Toso]. If baiting is banned completely, many hunters believe they won't be hitting the buck poles nearly as often, if at all. And as hunting is used as a method for natural resource and species conservation, couldn't ridding the world of it have negative side effects? If hunting success rates go down, then wouldn't that have an adverse effect on future deer populations as competition for food and space increase? That answer isn't clear, but it's a concern for many sportsmen.
Bow hunters feel especially strong about deer baiting. To obtain a clean, quick kill, which is revered in the world of ethical hunting, a bow hunter must hit the target in a specific manner. Without baiting, it would be more difficult to get close enough to ensure the clean kill. Bow hunting is a challenge as is, but if baiting was eliminated from the table, the sport could completely die out [source: Muskegon Chronicle].
Because baiting and feeding are so similar, bans on baiting could mean feeding must end too. Many homeowners would miss this practice.
It's no wonder hunting is such a controversial topic when it's such a diverse sport. But as baiting bans increase in popularity through out state legislatures, perhaps new, more definite information will put an end this aspect of the debate. To learn more about both sides of the deer baiting debate, check out the links below.
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- Alabama Wildlife Federation. "Don't Take the Bait." (Accessed 12/03/2008)http://www.alabamawildlife.org/baitingbill/default.asp
- Jackson, Alan. "The Pros and Cons of Baiting Deer." Ezine Articles. (Accessed 12/03/2008).http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Pros-And-Cons-Of-Baiting-Deer&id=808471
- Muskegon Chronicle. "Hunters feel strain of deer bait ban." Mlive.com. (Accessed 12/03/2008). http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/10/for_Sunday_hunters_feel_strain.html
- Sharp, Eric. "Bait ban not likely to reduce deer kill." Detroit Free Press. October 2008. (Accessed 12/03/2008)http://www.freep.com/article/20081016/SPORTS10/810160423/1217/SPORTS
- Sperling, David. L. "The bait debate." Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Dec. 1999. (Accessed 12/03/2008).http://www.wnrmag.com/stories/1999/dec99/bait.htm
- Toso, Mark A. "The Effects of Baiting on Deer Hunting in Wisconsin." Michigan United Conservation Clubs. June 2001. (Accessed 12/03/2008).http://www.mucc.org/cwd/baitingeffects.pdf