* Like you, I've hunted over plenty of farmers' cornfields, and I can honestly say I don't see much difference between that and hunting over a food plot because the strategies are basically identical. There are areas of the country where agriculture is basically nonexistent due to terrain, soil quality, or other factors. Food plots in these places would help deer develop larger body size and antlers. Now, I have never taken a deer over a food plot or over bait, but it seems to me the difference between the two is this: By baiting, you are altering the patterns of the deer, which would be fairly simple to detect in the first place. Bait also concentrates deer to one specific location; food plots leave more area to be scouted and hunted. That said, I'll concede that each individual situation is unique and presents its own dilemmas. I don't use either, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't consider the use of food plots to attract deer if the situation arose.