"As for baiting and food plots to attract the deer, I would say there's a very fine line between the two."
No "fine line" where the law is concerned. In this particular case, food plots are within the law. Baiting is not.
And in this particular case, people who had paid money for the hunting opportunity--which, based on past history was good--had that opportunity reduced by a criminal action. Tantamount to theft.
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