I just returned from “coyote” hunting. Took my 223. Actually, I was trail scouting. Found 2 really good stand sights. Seeing where deer travel in the areas where I do and don’t bait.Baiting is just another way to hunt, nothing new here. For how many years do people climb into a apple tree? Hunt a patch of grape vines? Set up near a stand of oaks dropping acorns? Putting corn out can be expensive and a lot of work for what little return you get. Bigger animals go nocturnal after the first few days usually leaving dinks to come in to feed. If you study the camera action, deer start to pattern the hunters after a few feedings. Hunting travel routes leading to the feed site often times provide better shot opportunities in the late afternoons as the more mature animals will drag their feet till dark.
Over the next couple of months, I plan to place stands (in cedar trees) and make some shooting lanes for next year season (Sept-Feb). Rub lines, trails, broken limbs over scrapes just stand out now. No snakes, mosquitoes, ground hornets, poison ivy, etc just aren’t there now. This is the time to prepare hunting sites for next year!