In my column in today’s Roanoke Times, which you can read HERE, I covered regulations regarding deer feeding in Virginia. As I wrote, we all know that hunting over bait is illegal in this state. Feeding deer is legal until the fall, when it becomes restricted.
Based on the volume of bait and attractants that local sporting goods retailers have been selling — and, let’s admit it, will keep selling after Sept. 1, when feeding becomes illegal — a lot of people apparently don’t pay much attention to these baiting/feeding bans.
Or am I missing something?
In the column I mention that we’ve long debated the fairness of such bans. After all, baiting and feeding are completely legal in many states. Not only are baiting and feeding legal, hunters are generally accepting of the practice even if they don’t practice it there. On the other hand, something else we can all agree on here is that, while plenty of hunters do feed and even bait in Virginia, many others find the practice ethically abhorrent.
I didn’t get in to the debate in the column, but I wanted to open it up here.
Is Virginia’s approach fair? Does the DGIF go far enough? (Remember, the agency recently proposed a year round ban on deer feeding, a proposal that failed.) Why can we plant wildlife-specific food plots, but not put out corn?
Also, why can’t I stop chuckling over the Corn Holer? Egads.