Shooting deer in your backyard
The attached picture, I've had this buck coming in for 3 years now, he typically comes in an hour or two before and after dark. At one point last year, he was back there right at shooting hours, but I wasn't in the stand! Is that hunting?
It would be a dry hump for the warden..we maintain the 2 gallon rule. I'm retired so i can keep it at 2 gallons through the day. Even have 2 gallons marked on the feeder, which is a wood box not a dispenser. I've never asked a warden, but from reading the regs, i assume you can put corn out all day as long as you dont have more than 2 gallons out at a time
Don't go nuts, I'm just kidding! At least a little....
I have to say if a deer doesn't run away while you are outside, that wouldn't be fun at all. The deer by me never come out on the grass during daylight, they stay in the woods and are very spooky, which makes it more of a challenge to hunt them. I shot a doe in my back .5 acre of woods, but I put in 20 hours to do it, wasn't just a gimme. Plus I was winded one time when they came from a weird direction, that's why I love Scentlok...... But everybody's yard/land is different.
I can only base things on my own situation and the deer in my back yard have become accustomed to people. They come in even if we are using the deck for entertaining. In october, one of the bucks was eating a pumpkin the wife had put out by the garage. we came home from running errands and there he was standing in front of the garage with pumpkin all over his face. I literally had to blow the horn to get him away from the garage. We went in with a load of groceries, came back out to get more...and he was eating that pumpkin again, with us standing 20 feet away. Shooting animals like that just isnt fair chase in my opinion nor does it show any respect for the animal or the tradition of sport hunting. At least when i walk out onto my pier, the fish swim away from me as fast as they can( i am that ugly), the deer in my yard just stand there and look at me funny.
I will reiterate that I don't think that just because you walk out your back door to hunt you are hunting your back yard. If you have to move the volleyball net and satellite dish to create a shooting lane, then in my book you are in your back yard. If you have to walk through acres of land to get to your stand, that is no longer your yard, just part of your property. I think a lot of people defending their actions here, are assuming because they walk out of the house to hunt they are hunting their yard.