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).
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...