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what is it with the younger hunters here, they keep wanting to bait squirrels? whoever heard of that?

Question by Elmer Fudd. Uploaded on January 06, 2010

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from 007 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Elmer, I was wondering the same thing. The nearest thing I've ever heard or seen along this line is simply feeding them in the back yard but that's obviously not for crockpot purposes.

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from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i wondering that too it is more fun finding them than baiting them

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from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i wondering that too it is more fun finding them than baiting them

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Wondered the same thing. Seems like all many of these youngsters are interested in is baiting squirrels, rabbits (even more odd) and testing gear. Not necessarily in that order.

I suspect that a good bit of this is lack of knowledge and an intense desire to get out and hunt. Many of these young folks seem to lack in parental guidance and are looking to those of us on the F&S site for advice. The best we can do is to council them as best we can, give good advice and guidance and recognize where some of these questions actually come from.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Gotta agree with Beekeeper, they want to hunt but no guidance...

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

with each generation it seems they are looking for the easy way instead of learning the neccesary skills.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Steve,

I think that is a product of what they see on the "Outdoor Channel" and in all the ads for "bait" in the media. I'm quite sure some of this comes from their peers. You are correct in that we do live in a world that places intensive value on instant gratification with the least amount of sweat. Sad to say "bait" seems to be seen as a viable substitute for sweat and knowledge, especially these days. Sad...

Baiting is a controversial issue. Discussion surrounding it is highly charged, as much so a politics.

Education in this arena is still our best option.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

well said everyone. I won't bait for hunting purposes but I did do it sometimes for photos back home. I have been to other states and hunted with guys that are 10 years or so younger and it seems that they can't hunt without bait. Granted they are meat hunters not just out for the horns but still. I don't want to debait sorry debate this issue but the younger generation needs to learn how to HUNT and not just feed the wildlife.

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from jklandmdl wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I do think that youngsters need to learn the skills !! But I think that alot of kids and adults only have small parcels of land available to hunt on!! Baiting is a good way to entice game to your small parcel, where legal !! I just wish more people would offer guidance to young people!! Fishing and hunting is a great way to get kids active and keep them out of trouble !!

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Ya know. If the kid only has 2 acres to hunt he probably needs to attract the game to him since he can't go after them.

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from rocky dettamanti wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i dont bait them i have peach apple and cherry trees they come to me and i get them with a daisy 880 lots of fun

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

yeah I've noticed that to. Why can't they just take a nice long walk and try to bag a couple the hard way.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

They need some training from Tred Barta.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I'm considering it Lazyness. I've never baited anything and I never will. I give the animal the best chance of surviving as possible, but they're just so darn dumb lol

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Call it modern TV influences as stated in a previous post.

Everytime the show's on there's a commercial for it or the show has them using bait as well.

Bag more deer use acorn rage... draw em in with peanut bucker... use deer cane and you'll have em lickin stumps and pawin the ground.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

sound adive from posters above!

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I'm 14 and never bait. i don't think it's ethical plus in vermont, its illegal. my 12 gage always does the job and there is plenty of meat left cuz' i headshot them. i always have my limit in under an hours time. max.

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

thanks for the dumb comments though buddy i appreciate the feedback about the next generation that might i add, YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN RAISED IN TURN IT MEANT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU TOO!!!!!

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

just dump some corn out in a few areas and walk thru a couple times it makes things easier

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Lack of patience, no mentors, eagerness to hunt.
When I first started hunting when I was younger, I thought I had good patience, and was able to sit still for hours. I realize now that it was still relative to how you would normally sit, not relative to hunting. Im sure a few years from now I'll make similar observations about what I'm doing now thats wrong.
The good thing is that these kids are eager to be out there, I think they just need guidance, and to understand that not getting your limit, or even anything, is acceptable ( just not ALL the time.) I have learned that success in hunting is almost always a direct reflection of the time and effort you put into it, but that its important to stick with it, even if you have a lousy season.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

It seems to me that our younger hunters are looking for an easy way to hunt, of course I think they are looking for an easy way to do anything. I was shocked when I read a question about someone wanting to bait squirrels. In all my years of dealing with hunters I thought I had hear everything but I hadn't.

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Im 14 and baiting for squirrels sounds like the stupidest and most unethical thing to do. only a no life who is more interested in shooting the animals head off with a 12 gauge. besides hunting was meant for food and the challenge and of course conservation. kids like that is like that is just another thos rotten sea kittens can ban kids the wonderful tradition of hunting

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

GOOD ANSWER. LOOK ABOUVE FOR MINE IM 14 TOO

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

baiting would be way to easy

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Steve,

I think that is a product of what they see on the "Outdoor Channel" and in all the ads for "bait" in the media. I'm quite sure some of this comes from their peers. You are correct in that we do live in a world that places intensive value on instant gratification with the least amount of sweat. Sad to say "bait" seems to be seen as a viable substitute for sweat and knowledge, especially these days. Sad...

Baiting is a controversial issue. Discussion surrounding it is highly charged, as much so a politics.

Education in this arena is still our best option.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Wondered the same thing. Seems like all many of these youngsters are interested in is baiting squirrels, rabbits (even more odd) and testing gear. Not necessarily in that order.

I suspect that a good bit of this is lack of knowledge and an intense desire to get out and hunt. Many of these young folks seem to lack in parental guidance and are looking to those of us on the F&S site for advice. The best we can do is to council them as best we can, give good advice and guidance and recognize where some of these questions actually come from.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

with each generation it seems they are looking for the easy way instead of learning the neccesary skills.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

well said everyone. I won't bait for hunting purposes but I did do it sometimes for photos back home. I have been to other states and hunted with guys that are 10 years or so younger and it seems that they can't hunt without bait. Granted they are meat hunters not just out for the horns but still. I don't want to debait sorry debate this issue but the younger generation needs to learn how to HUNT and not just feed the wildlife.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Elmer, I was wondering the same thing. The nearest thing I've ever heard or seen along this line is simply feeding them in the back yard but that's obviously not for crockpot purposes.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i wondering that too it is more fun finding them than baiting them

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kenton wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Gotta agree with Beekeeper, they want to hunt but no guidance...

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

yeah I've noticed that to. Why can't they just take a nice long walk and try to bag a couple the hard way.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

It seems to me that our younger hunters are looking for an easy way to hunt, of course I think they are looking for an easy way to do anything. I was shocked when I read a question about someone wanting to bait squirrels. In all my years of dealing with hunters I thought I had hear everything but I hadn't.

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from jklandmdl wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I do think that youngsters need to learn the skills !! But I think that alot of kids and adults only have small parcels of land available to hunt on!! Baiting is a good way to entice game to your small parcel, where legal !! I just wish more people would offer guidance to young people!! Fishing and hunting is a great way to get kids active and keep them out of trouble !!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 86Ram wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Call it modern TV influences as stated in a previous post.

Everytime the show's on there's a commercial for it or the show has them using bait as well.

Bag more deer use acorn rage... draw em in with peanut bucker... use deer cane and you'll have em lickin stumps and pawin the ground.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Lack of patience, no mentors, eagerness to hunt.
When I first started hunting when I was younger, I thought I had good patience, and was able to sit still for hours. I realize now that it was still relative to how you would normally sit, not relative to hunting. Im sure a few years from now I'll make similar observations about what I'm doing now thats wrong.
The good thing is that these kids are eager to be out there, I think they just need guidance, and to understand that not getting your limit, or even anything, is acceptable ( just not ALL the time.) I have learned that success in hunting is almost always a direct reflection of the time and effort you put into it, but that its important to stick with it, even if you have a lousy season.

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

baiting would be way to easy

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from Sportsman21 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i wondering that too it is more fun finding them than baiting them

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Ya know. If the kid only has 2 acres to hunt he probably needs to attract the game to him since he can't go after them.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rocky dettamanti wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

i dont bait them i have peach apple and cherry trees they come to me and i get them with a daisy 880 lots of fun

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

They need some training from Tred Barta.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Skeeb wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I'm considering it Lazyness. I've never baited anything and I never will. I give the animal the best chance of surviving as possible, but they're just so darn dumb lol

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

sound adive from posters above!

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I'm 14 and never bait. i don't think it's ethical plus in vermont, its illegal. my 12 gage always does the job and there is plenty of meat left cuz' i headshot them. i always have my limit in under an hours time. max.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

just dump some corn out in a few areas and walk thru a couple times it makes things easier

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Im 14 and baiting for squirrels sounds like the stupidest and most unethical thing to do. only a no life who is more interested in shooting the animals head off with a 12 gauge. besides hunting was meant for food and the challenge and of course conservation. kids like that is like that is just another thos rotten sea kittens can ban kids the wonderful tradition of hunting

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

GOOD ANSWER. LOOK ABOUVE FOR MINE IM 14 TOO

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from the cowboy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

thanks for the dumb comments though buddy i appreciate the feedback about the next generation that might i add, YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN RAISED IN TURN IT MEANT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU TOO!!!!!

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