I actually posted this as a response to another thread but decided to move it to my own thread, probably to be soon flamed by other users...
I have a question; this is the first year Iíve chosen to bait and while setting up two stands (me and another guy) this weekend we saw a lot of (marginal?) illegal activity in that; people had stands (3 we found) that were obviously held over from last year (didn't clean up area and no sign of any bait from this year), a bait stand with several geese hanging from trees, and two stands with no baiting signs anywhere in sight. ALL ILLEGAL from what I read in the regs.
In every case we cleared out quick to avoid causing any scent trail and eventually set up our bait stands in other areas that weren't being baited. But to the question, how many people leave out something at a bait stand after the season to ensure they get the same stand the following year? And how can that be legal since the regs say you are supposed to clean up the area after baiting?
I for one will still continue to respect even the stands obviously not being used but my only concern is when those stands keep new baiters like me from being able to bait in decent spots when they are not being used. I just happen to be lucky enough that I have the Alaska toys and funds to get myself a bit further out than most hunters.
btw the area we were in was a very hard area to get into so we were quite shocked to see the sheer number of stands and I tend to wonder if the non baited stands will even be used at all this year.
I have read several posts on this topic that insinuated that baiters tend to leave out barrels, stands, etc !!against the law!! and believe it gives them to the right to the land year after year...