And maybe it is--if you're happy shooting 2 ½-year-old bucks every year. But if you want to take a mature buck over deer bait, you have to work just as hard and smart as no-bait hunters. Recently, I conducted an informal survey of 13 outfitters from around the country who all utilized bait last year. Combined, they killed hundreds of deer in the 2012 season, but of all the mature bucks taken, fewer than half were killed on a bait site. If you want to buck that trend this season, here's a plan of attack for getting mature deer to take the bait.