is a hotly debated topic among various groups. To control Chronic Wasting Disease and for other reasons, feeding deer
is illegal in New York and other places. Feeding deer
is not the same as baiting deer. Baiting deer to draw them into an area or to keep them in an area for the purpose of killing them is illegal almost everywhere.
In an idyllic world, it would probably be a bad idea to feed deer. If the deer population were at a level undisturbed by humans then feeding deer
would cause problems like attracting deer into the area or congregating deer into one spot. Presently though, the deer population is excessive in many areas, and the reality is that many thousands of deer are trapped within towns and cities. Because deer are already congregated and they are trapped, often without sufficient feed, feeding them is humane and will indeed help to protect the surrounding yards and gardens.