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Location: wisconsin
Joined: 07/14/2006
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bait storage

Wondering how you guys keep your bait fresh. Last year I used primarily donuts and bread and the bread would mold very quickley and the donuts would turn to mush, when stored in metal 55gallon drums. I cant get large quantities so I have to start way in advance.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Joined: 01/13/2007
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I have three freezers and freeze surplus bait until needed.

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Location: ontario
Joined: 07/07/2006
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I have 3 freezers on the go at one time and bag and freeze my meats. I used to use donuts but the local Tim's outlets no longer give out day-olds. When I was using donuts and pastries, I found they dried out fairly quickly in the freezers so I used them up as soon as I could. Same with meat. It can dry out as well even when packaged in plastic bags so the trick is to get the stuff out there soon as you can. If you have a good source for donuts then perhaps you could add a syrupy sweetener to the mix every time you bait--just to moisten and freshen the stuff up.

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Location: wisconsin
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I did the freezer thing last year. Problem is that I live 4 hours from my baits. I froze stuff all year but then had to take it up north and keep it for 3-4 weeks up there with no freezer. I think the thawing and then heat in the barrels did it. Barrels that were full of frozen donuts turned to half full of mush.

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Joined: 08/27/2004
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Freezing the stuff is the best way I only use meat most of the time and the other stuff I use is mostly mush from what my kids dont eat. All you can really do is freeze it and then ice it for the trip those big storage bins work great for coolers if you line them with styrofoam and you can fit alot of bait in them it should stay frozen if its a brick when you put it in there atleast a good 6 days (but thats not in the heat for six days if its in the heat the whole time maybe 2 if your lucky. Even if the meat scraps I use are dryed out from the freezer the bears dont care about freezer burn well around here they dont anyway they come for anything pretty much except bear scraps. We tryed baiting at one site last year with nothing but bear scraps from the local wild game butcher and no bears come close to the site.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Joined: 01/13/2007
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Last season, I baited with dry dog food saturated with fryer grease from a resturant. Mixed it in one of those big plastic storage tubs as needed. Bears loved it! The fryer grease was in five gallon buckets with lids. It would transport well. I bought cheap dog food from WallyWorld in 25 # sacks. I also put out some donuts and other pastries, bought from a bakery stale store.

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Good idea professor but those pails stink no matter how tight they are sealed and you better have a truck for transport I put 5 of em in my jeep and it wasnt the brightest thing Ive done lets just say the smell didnt leave for awhile.

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Location: ontario
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Well I can tell you whats a lot worse. Spill a 5 gal pail of mollasses on your quad while going downhill. You can't stop, you can't get off and you have to be near water to clean up. I wasn't and by the time I got everything loaded and to the next stop where there was a creek, I had the stickiest truck cab you'd ever want to see. Smelled great though!

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Joined: 07/31/2007
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I found that places like Agway throw away alot of bad dog and cat food. If you get friendly with the owner/manager, you can probably eleviate going paying for bait.

Used 7 gallon wax drums have a very good tight seal to them. Good for transportation.

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Location: wisconsin
Joined: 07/14/2006
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thats the problem I run into in WI were not allowed to use anything containing meat, so dog and cat food is out. We have to use breads and candies or grain. We can only put out 10 gallons per day so we have to be able to keep everything fresh and bait every day.

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Location: Thompson, Manitoba Canada
Joined: 04/09/2005
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Hello from the North,
Here's what a lot of out fitters use-- Oats and greese and or oats and molassis. The oats come in 100lb bags from farmers down South and are inexpensive. I don't know what is available in your area. You put about 1/2 a 5 gallon bucket full in and mix with about 1 litre of old greese or you can buy molassis in 5 gallon buckets and mix in the oats about 2 cups. of molassis.
You can add any thing else like donuts, breads etc if you wish.
The oats are great as the bears cannot just grab and run they have to stay on the bait if they wish to keep eating.
Don't forget to hang up some scents around the area like greese rags in the trees.( heated greese then soaked rags works even better)

GO GIT EM!

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