I have never understood, for example, why it is legal to hunt over a food plot or on the edge of a cornfield or apple orchard but not near an attractant made of these very same materials.
I've watched from a treestand as deer crunched away on freshly fallen apples, but rake those same apples into a pile and you're breaking the law.
I mean, what if you mow your food plot and the deer are browsing on the clippings you dumped over the bank?
I suppose that would be illegal, too.
Or, what if you cut down an oak tree laden with acorns. Could that be construed as feeding the deer?
Seems like a lot of subjectivity there.
Some states define products like "C'Mere Deer," "Deer Cane" and "Acorn Rage" as attractants, and they are therefore legal to use, while others - like New York - classify them as feed. In New York, it is illegal to feed deer in any way, except, of course, if it is the aforementioned food plot, corn field or apple orchard.
But lures and calls that trick a deer into looking for love and airborne scents, like the "Buck Bomb" scented fogger - also marketed by Acorn Rage - are perfectly legal.
Perhaps I can help. According to state lawmakers, if it is an attractant that might "entice a deer to feed" you'd better leave it on the shelf at Gander Mountain.
Call me crazy, but I might argue that a can firing acorn flavored scent at 100 mph into the air could "entice a deer to feed."
Meanwhile, poor old Uncle Ted is being ridiculed for using a product in California he uses all the time in his home state of Texas, where it doesn't exactly seem to be decimating the deer herd.
I've got one thing to say to you, Ted: I bet the backstraps were worth the $1,750.
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications, a licensed Adirondack guide and tracker and an avid outdoorsman. His column appears regularly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.