It all started years ago when some south Jersey "sportsman " would put out a bait pile during small game season and sit in their deer stands loaded with 4 3" 4 shot and claim they were hunting squirrels, so to combat this behavior the bait law was passed. The ban on hunting anything else but deer was passed due to pressure from farmers who claimed it would allow hunters to shoot more deer and reduce crop damage. F&W didn't want the law to change in reference to baiting bears so as not to look bad to the general public, so instead of changing the law they just ignore it. Has anyone here ever been charged with hunting over bait in the last 12-15 years, while bear hunting? And that my friends is the rest of the story......good day!