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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:00AM

To feed

or not

to feed?

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By Capt. Josh Greer

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I’d like to talk about a subject that some hunters find a bit controversial: Hunting over bait. It’s something that rubs a lot of people wrong, mostly because it’s not the most sporting way to harvest an animal. I wouldn’t really go so far as to call it an unethical practice, but it’s one of those things that can be done the right way or the wrong way.

There are some positive aspects to hunting baited animals. This method assures better shots, because you’re not rushing to get one off as the animal exits the area. You won’t be tempted to take a shot that is iffy because you know you’ll have plenty of opportunity. There can also be benefits to the animals themselves, especially in cases where a bait station is maintained long term. This type of supplemental feeding can contribute significantly to the health of a deer or hog herd. This is particularly true here in Florida, where planted fields of grain aren’t exactly common.

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