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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Food Plots: Are they ethical?

Got a whitetail hunting book by Peter Fiduccia for Christmas. Good book with lots of info and advice. Two chapters are dedicated to setting up food plots and growing trees, setting out minerals, etc. that attract deer and promote antler growth. I don't have the land it takes to do this, but it occurred to me that, in some ways, this didn't seem much different than setting out bait or salt licks. I know that in certain parts of the country, the rules (laws) regarding this kind of activity vary, and if you are doing it, power to you - maybe I'm even a little jealous, but I woud like to know what the general feeling is about this kind of setup.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 07:38 PM
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Ya know this is a very dangerous subject that you are diving into. But I will tell you what I think anyway,I beleive that they are ethical But the area I hunt in there is no public land.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 08:30 PM
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well i think a food plot is okay .After all whats the difference between setting up on a food plot and watching a corn/bean field or a white oak flat?

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 09:20 PM
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I think that they are because it helps overall herd growth and nutrition. Also, not too many people have the time, resources and money to make such a project. I wish I could do that around my area just for the sake of making an easy, nutritious feed for deer. I don't know much about this subject but don't other wild animals benefit off of this too. Just my opinion.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2007, 06:43 AM
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I'm no expert on the issue but what I'd like to say about the subject is that, A lot of hunters are setting up food plots in locations that don't need them, in places where there's already good food sources with an abundance of food, Area's that already produce Healthy, Trophy Deer... SO that makes me think their only intentions are to lure Deer in for shooting BUT it isn't illegal and they don't have fences trapping the deer in those areas... SO a little extra feed never hurts the herd I guess.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2007, 07:44 AM
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i dont c a prob. with them
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2007, 01:43 PM
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I think that they are ok. porb. because i use them but in south TN if you don't have one or two your are not going to get the deer traffic becase the guy on the lad next to you has one.... or ten. i just try to do my research and plant what grows or at least this year i did. and we have harvested several deer. 12 in our group. but we have a huge doe over population and in my zone i can shoot 3 a day. and that is what we have been doing the first part of the season and filling the freezer : ) the only good buck we have taken was the one in my picture. but there are several working the area just have to catch them in the day time.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-27-2007, 07:29 PM
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Do I consider food plots unethical? HMMMM. NO! But, I'll respect the opinions of others though. I could see a slim point when you look at some places where the sole purpose is for prophet of for a trophy to hang on the wall. As for the average hunter, I see it no more unethical than fattening up a cow before you lead it to slaughter. I just don't understand how it could be considered unethical when compared to pork,beef, or chicken processors. I guess it all boils down to intent for me, for the purpose of harvesting meat for the table I see no problem. Perhaps we could ask, are food plots for commercial use unethical, thats where I have a problem.

Sorry I'll get off my soapbox now.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 10:21 PM
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I think they are fine, The plots we had were just like safe hevens for the deer but I have no problem with them hunting over them or not it took us a couple years of keeping it growing all year round to get the deer to start going to it routinely, but yes they are fine in my oppinion

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