I can see where food plots could be seen as "baiting" in that they are planted with the main purpose of drawing an animal to a certain location, much the same purpose as placing a barrel of corn or apples. The area east of the Great Plains generally interprets food plots as a "normal agricultural practice" but in the more arid western states, the comparative lack of forage may lead to a different interpretation. I kind of lean this this way myself but hold no ill will towards those who differ.
I use a mix of perennial clovers and the Green Patch which is mainly annuals. The first is mostly clover with some chickory mixed in. The second has some clover but is mostly oats, rye, and brassicas, a five dollar word for five cent turnips. I add some turnip seed to the mix as they do seem to be a desired late fall deer food as well as an all summer rabbit food. I do a spring planting as timely late summer/early season rains can be really iffy in this area. The annual seed is spread over the perennials in early spring and then lightly raked into the soil. In early August I kill the grasses and then reseed with Green Patch. The deer seem to really focus on the new grass growth and appears especially popular to does and fawns. If it is wet enough, this new planting grows quickly These blends do well in most climates, I know of them being used as far north as Warroad, MN on the Canadian border and have heard of them being used in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They seem to tolerate fairly damp conditions (no standing water) and have survived winters as cold as -30 degrees. I buy my seed this time of year as the local Wal-Mart clearances the seed out to at about half off.