"So why would we harvest these animals instead of allowing them to pass their superior genes evolved over the last 50 years? If anything, if your hypothetical scenario was the case, you shouldn’t harvest any old, large bucks."
Let's see. Harvest a buck with good genetics at 1.5 years old in September and they pass along ZERO genetics. Shoot it during rifle season and they MAY pass along genetics to one set of offspring. In a herd with a natural age class, they most likely don't even breed their first year. Shoot a buck at 4.5 years old, and they have passed along their set of genetics to 3-4 sets of offspring.
"Another question, not to rehash this this, but in some of our past exchanges you stated allowing baiting allows more deer to survive the winter thus increasing productivity. How does this affect natural selection that is all of the sudden of importance in this threads context? "
Again, I have never been a proponent of FEEDING deer in winter, and baiting should be used only as a tool to harvest deer. We shouldn't be feeding deer with the sole purpose to help them through winter. I don't care if you are baiting or not baiting, shooting 1.5 year old bucks removes natural selection almost completely.
As I stated in previous posts, in the frenzy of the DNR attempting to do anything possible to outlaw baiting, they published that baiting can lead to higher populations of deer. You can believe that as however you wish.