The topic of baiting has become a hot and controversial subject. What is baiting you might ask, some wildlife photographers are using live mice to get Owls to fly out of the tree and towards the camera. Others are using salt licks, to get deer into an open area and close to their blinds. Cat food or cans of tuna to get Bob Cat shots.
When I started shooting eagles 4 seasons ago, I learn that some people are throwing fish filled with air for the eagles. As a new eagle photographer, I actually appreciated the bait fish. Since then, I have thousands of full fame wall hanger quality Eagle photos without bait fish!
Today there was 2 different people at Lock and Dam 14 throwing fish. I am torn! The action was hot and NON-stop, but they were mostly baited. If they hadn’t been throwing fish, I feel there would have been just as much action, it just brings the action closer. I have been there for entire days and seen just as many eagles catch their own fish.
I would really like to see some open dialog on your thoughts on this topic!
Putting corn out for the squirrels, sunflower seeds for the cardinals, or even nectar in hummingbird feeders, all seem like the public is OK with that.
Feeding wild bears, cat food for Bobcats, bait piles of road kill for coyotes,,, not so much!
So, where do fish for eagles fall? Where do you draw the line?
Mice for owls? Trying to decide if I am going to breakdown and try mice tomorrow to get close to the Snowy Owls I found today.
Ready set debate!
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