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Baiting in the summer for fun

I have been reading your posts for the last couple of weeks on baiting. It is not hunting season and i like to play with the game cam in the off season to get myself away from mowing the lawn and out in the woods! We have a corn feeder at our camp that we fill to watch the deer, turkey and the occasional bear come in to eat. I set my focus on wanting to get some real good pics of the bear this year. So i made a barrel and went to my body who is a buthcer and filled the barrel with scrap meat. no luck. I cleaned that out and tried some sweet feed from our local feed store. no luck. I have now tried oats, dog food, molasses, raseberry jello in the barrel, and fryer grease and jello all over the ground in front of the barrel. I guess my question is am i not having any luck because of the time of the year or because of my approach. Think Any help or guidance would be much appreciated

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GW - Welcome aboard Big smile I'm sure Hotmoon will be with you shortly Thumbs up
If not he's probably out chasing some critter lol

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I think you said it in your post.

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and the occasional bear

It may take awhile for the "occasional" bear to make his rounds.

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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Give it a little time. Try burning some greese or hunny so the smell getts out into the woods a little.

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to get smell around also drip vanilla extract in circles around bait for some distance. usually works well for us. or did until we arent allowed to bait anymore

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Billythekidrock, thanks for your reply. Thumbs up But are you telling me that it is going to be an occasional bear because of the time of year or that they are not zoned in on the bait site yet? Think

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This is the one bear that came in to the corn feeder before i set up the bait barrel.

Not a big bear but i was glad to see the pic. Big smile

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My response is a little of both. If there are not alot of bears around you will not have much activity. On the other hand you could have a ton of bears in the general area and not have much activity at your bait if they have a preffered food source.

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Redrider how did u know i was chasing critters ? neener!
You cannot hide anything from the moderators nowadays Laugh

GW BOWHUNTER welcome aboard ! Thumbs up
it seems u got it going now , don't take 1 small bear hiting ur bait slightly !! this bear will bring more bears to ur site in the near future , so it is very important not to do anything i wouldn't do to scare this bear specially at this time of the year and as this bear still investigating " THE NEW FEEDING SOURCE " of his early life and new territory !

Do not over do it, keep it simple and keep plenty of food , once u get it going u should not stop .
When I start reading ur post I was going to ask about the bait location and the type of food u r using to lure them in , so good to see that this is working for u now but i believe that sooner or later specially summer time u will have to compete with mother nature in providing food for the bears and that's my friend is really tough to beat unless u provide the same .

For now I do not recommend anything new , keep it up and keep us updated and if u start dealing with finicky bear (s) then we deal with it

good luck and welcome aboard Big smile

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Hotmoon is right about the late season bear baiting and having to compete with mother nature. When the fish start running it is hard to pull a bear off of the river and into a bait station. The good thing is that instead of trying to beat mother nature you should join her at the river for the best bait station ever... a couple thousand salmon pushing a 10ft wide river without having to drag bait bucket #1 into the woods!!! Thumbs up

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There's no doubt that mid summer to fall baiting is tougher than spring baiting. You have so much lush vegetation to deal with along with wild raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and whatever. But I'd suggest you do change out any meat thats gone bad. Only a starving bear will touch it when theres so much other stuff around. Keep your meat baits fresh, (chicken goes bad real fast) and add a few sweet pastries. Once they find your source of food, they'll be back. A bear has a great nose and their territory isn't all that large. Boars are really the only ones that travel extensively and thats only during the rut. So, if theres bears in the area, they'll show up eventually. Just make sure your baitsite is in a secluded spot.

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