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.
Meat is meat, then go to the grocery store. It usually ends up cheaper. Just gotta have that venny, get some road kill. Make friends with a couple cops and they'll hook you up on some fresh meat. Score some meat that woulda went to waste.
A food plot is not your backyard. Waking up from your mid-morning snooze to take a leak and you look out the bathroom window and see a deer to shoot is not the same thing to me.
Yup, do whatever you want. If you showed me your deer, I'd congratulate you. But I still wouldn't think it was an accomplishment. If you asked me what I thought of how you took'em, I'd tell you that I wasn't all that impressed. Sitting there watching the TV with the family, see a big buck in the back yard so you sneak out the front door, along the garage and woodpile, wait until he puts his head into the feeder, step out and shoot at 10 yards. I'm in it for the challenge. And to me, thats not a challenge. Some have to shoot a deer to say they shot something, I get it. I'm just not of that mentality.
Since you're defining what fair chase is, it sure sounds like you might have just judged how someone hunts...
However, I do feel that someone sitting there watching the Packers game and decides to shoot the deer out in the yard a knob. I can't even call them a slob hunter, cause the don't fit my description of a hunter. And I do not need to know you or your yard to make that assessment.