I agree with you Ron. I don't think hunting over a food plot is a bad thing. I've never used a feeder, but I have put out corn piles to draw deer to me, remember I'm a meat hunter and it's an easy way to killl a couple of does in the late season. I have also laid out scents to draw deer to me. Same thing in my opinion. I think what we have to remember is baiting or food plots or corn fields is no way a guarantee of killing a deer. Much less a mature buck. Not around most places anyway. I have yet to have a buck worth killing come in to a corn pile. Not while I was there. besides it's cheaper to enhance an area by fertilizing natural foods, planting small plots, and planting natural browse like green briar, blackberries and such. The reason I don't hunt small food plots is I want the deer to feel secure and want to come there. Around here it is real easy to spook deer away from an area. There are so many food sources they'll just go to another one. Hunting over a corn pile is a good way to leave scent everywhere. But that's just me. If it's legal, it's up to the individual. It doesn't make a difference to me. One of the farms I hunt is small...60 acres. There are lots of deer, but they will leave if pressured, they don't have to go far. So I try to make that farm as pleasing as possible and limit where I hunt or how I hunt to make it the best I can. I can see where you are to use every possible means to get on the deer. You don't have many. You say 10 deer a season and I'd think something was wrong if I didn't see 10 deer in a morning. Did this make any sense? Grins.....
We cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results