If there is a large crop of mast in the woods (acorns), then you will find that the deer stay in the woods. Acorns are much preferred by deer over corn. . . . . .
Just my experience.
this is very true for my region ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
last year, we had plenty of rain and a bumper crop of acorns.
nobody saw any deer during legal hours during any of the legal
seasons. (in the region where i hunt)
if the deer don't have to walk long distances for food and water,
they don't. the neighbors here mostly fed the crows with their corn.
as far as the legality of feeding, i feel that if you want to, you should
be able to feed as much as you want to and can afford to. it's pretty
controversial here because of the "it's-my-deer-because-i-got-it-on-
my-game-camera-and-it-was-coming-to-my-feeder" mentality that
has become so prevalent in this region. just one of the many things
that i believe will eventually lead to the elimination of free hunting
on private land of small land owners in this area.