Here in Michigan it's the opposite. We can't bait during the off season unless it's withing 100 yards of a house. The it's called "wildlife viewing" But can bait during hunting season, except for the TB zones, where baiting isn't allowed at all.
They have tightened up the baiting laws though. Used to be funny walking out in the woods and finding a giant pile of Sugar beets. Yeah, that's natural looking.