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Baiting deer ?

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We are allowed to bait deer. Do I run the risk of making my deer nocturnal by putting out too much at at time ?
If the deer want to eat at night.. and you have a timered feeder... wouldn't they just wait until night to come
eat what the feeder shoots out at 2 pm ?

This is very interesting article at my home newspaper..
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Shooting baited Deer/ Live target practice

I don't want to sound like a jerk, but just because it is legal doesn't mean you should do it.

In MO it's not legal, but that doesn't mean that SOMETIMES I wouldn't mind being able to do it. But I don't. I don't think you are going to change when the deer eat, personally. If I were you, decide when you are going to hunt, morning or evening. If you are morning hunting, go the early evening before and put out some bait in a location that is close enough to shoot. Maybe even in 3-4 places if you can. Then in the morning, I would watch those places really carefully-- I would also make sure you are scent free and quiet heading to the stand location, b/c they might already be eating when you get there.
If you are hunting in the evening, I would put out some bait in the later morning on the day of your hunt. Do the same thing as above when heading to your stand.
Deer love corn! especially this time of year. They are beginning to eat corn, beans, other grains... they are slowly getting tired of eating greens all the time. I would mix up some dried apples and corn and set that out. That's what I use in pre-hunting season to get pics on my trail camera. I bait only for pics.
Good LUCK!
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As dry as the weather has been in TX, I've decided to help out by putting out one of mama's old canning pots. The pot is what she used to put the Mason jars in and holds about 8 gal of water so I have to go out every 2 or 3 days to make sure there's still water in it. Can I help it if the spot where I put the water pot just happens to be the same place where I hunt?

With all the activity around the water bucket, I know the area is very well traveled. So what's the harm in watering the animals???
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