Earl Welcome to BGH, you will find an interesting mix of folks here.
Never have used them. The lions share of my bear hunting is done in a state where baiting is against the law and always figgured that a honey burn or smoke stick would be kind of like baiting? Still a review of your experience using them would be great. I might be tempted to take some next time I head up to Onterio or Quebec.
I'm hunting in the CDA area of Idaho. Bait & Hounds are still legal there, (they've been pretty successful at keeping the tree hugging hippy liberals out).
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...