What do you think of deer baiting?

Jeff, my former co-worker, harvested a dandy 10-point buck in
early December in Champaign County during the “second rut.” He
estimated the buck to be about 4 years old.

Jeff readily admitted to hauling a bushel of apples to the kill
site as part of an effort to lure in whitetails. After about four
hours, the apples worked on a doe that came up to feed with a
yearling in tow.

But, Jeff passed on her in favor of bigger game.

Five minutes later, the buck appeared. He was apparently sniffing
the doe’s scent trail. At 40 yards out, Jeff took aim and hit the
buck with a broadhead.

Needless to say, Jeff was excited about the kill – especially since
it occurred on his birthday. He was anxious to show off the
10-pointer and plans to mount the big boy’s head and rack.

When I questioned him about the apple bait and the ethics of the
harvest, Jeff was undeterred. He assured me that he only baited the
doe, the buck came as a bonus.

Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders confirmed the legality
of the kill. While it’s illegal to bait deer in some states,
there’s no law against baiting whitetails in Ohio.

It would be interesting to see what Ohio Outdoor News readers think
of the kill and of the state’s baiting regulations.

Categories: Ohio – Jane Beathard

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