A lot of the uproar is to the clubs that actually use bait. They will bring in a truckload of bait and dump it in a central field. They are not allowed to hunt within 400m (440 yds) of the bait, so they use it to bring the birds into the general area and then hunt it. New regs will not allow any bait to be put out any later than 14 days prior to season in a hunting district. We used to hunt the bait station in The Pas (they tried to keep the birds out of the farmer's fields), and you could hunt 400m away from the station, and you would have 9-10,000 mallards using it daily. 180 bushels were spread out on the pads and the birds would gorge on it. You would find an open water spot about 500 yds away and wait for the birds to come to water. Best shooting was around 10-11 am , so you didn't even have to get up early. Bad part was that in the pre-GPS days, you could get lost in the marsh in a heartbeat. No landmarks of any sort, and if you got twisted around, you could spend all day trying to get out. I digress.