I went hunting for ducks near the house the big boar was breaking into. The season is over since Dec13th but, the bait pile was ripped to pices. Logs were scatered everywhere. The bear did come but sometime after the season closed. There is fresh sign in that area now. The weather warmed up this past week, it was in the mid 50's nearly every day.
I read a good tip that I used after I already had bears on the bait.
Dr Ken Nordburg has a great book called "Black Bear baiting and hunting"...awsome book.
Anyway, it said to make a grease line by painting the grease on the tree trunks for 1/2 mile north and 1/2 mile south of your bait. The idea is that you have a 1 mile long scent trail and you bait pile is at the center. The typicaly westerly wind will create a scent cone that covers about 1 1/2 sq miles downwind of your bait.
I had 1 sow and 3 cubs hitting the bait before I moved it to the center of the property. When I moved it I used the mile long scent trail idea (only made it about 1/2 mile long) with a bucket of grease and a paint brush. The next day ALL the double amount of bait I used and ALL the grease (about 5 gals) where gone. and the day after that, I saw a different sow with 2 cubs. The bait went from 4 bears to 7 bears useing that trick the very next day.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...