I've recently returned to hunting after a 25 year abscence. I'm currently finishing out my 1st season of whitetail hunting in Georgia. The legality of baiting varies county by county here. It happens to be legal in the counties that the club I joined straddles. I'm not really a fan of baiting. It feels like cutting corners. I'd prefer to spend time studying the topography and terrain then locate my stand accordingly. I didn't get to do any preseason scouting. I got in so late, I just picked up an existing stand left by a former member in a spot he'd prepared. In the offseason, I intend to follow a couple of gametrails I've found and see if I can find a new spot that is still in my assigned area.
I'm not criticizing folks who bait. It's a valid tactic. I'll be planting a food plot after the season which, frankly, amounts to baiting.
I'm curious to get others' take on baiting, not just on deer but any game. Do you do it? Why or why not? What types of game? How do you feel about the practice?