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Location: Careywood ID
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So what is everyone using for baits?

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Location: Careywood ID
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Ok maybe I need to elaborate a little. I have run a few baits in the past and had Bear on them within a couple of days. I usualy start them off with something stinky like meat. then switch to fruit to keep them there and so I can tell which way they are coming and going from. I.E by the huge amounts of fresh Scat. I swear they will eat apples until they cant move. and its coming back out the other .

Well I moved a few months ago and am able to run bait about a 10 min 4 wheeler ride from my house. I have been running a bait for a couple of weeks now and still havent had a real hit. Its about 1/4 to 1/2 mile from a lake and in a great area. I dont have acess to alot of fruit, so I have been useing anything I can get my hands on. Alot of food scraps and bread. Some fish scraps and meat.

I am starting to wonder where they are or what I can do to coax them in? any help would be great.

Unless no one wants to talk to the new guy.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Hi new guy. Is there bear sign in the area you are baiting? In Minnesota it is getting pretty late to start a new bait. I don't know about Idaho. Deep fryer grease works to get a new bait started. I hang some soaked rags and drag soaked rags out from the bait for scent trails.

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
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I would have started in July at latest--In Ak we used dead horses, cows, fish heads,and crab shells or most any road kill--in Canada I've seen lots of pop corn, candy, sweet rolls, beaver,and old dairy products- we always hunt a bucket of stinky in tree to wake beaers up

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Location: Careywood ID
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Well heres some more. you cant place bait or bait containers until opening day..

I forgot to mention the rest of the story. I ran some fresh bait out on Monday. I burnt some scent and sat in my stand and called on a distress call. For about 15 min then I high tailed it out of there. My bait still hadnt been hit very hard yet. By very hard i mean, I had some apples and meat and fish on the ground outside the barel that had been picked at, but everything inside the barel was untouched. I had about 75 lbs of apples and 4, 5 gallon buckets of scraps including meat, fish, bread, and all kinds of slop. Prolly totaling 150 lbs.

Well I ment out yesterday to dump off another 5 gallon bucket of goodies and guess what. All my bait is gone, like a pack of hounds on a 3 legged cat, picked it clean. And there is a fresh pile of scat that could fill the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. Turds as big around as a tuna can. And they, or it , has quite a few trails built coming and going now. I didnt have the time to go wondering down the trails to see if i could tell if it is more than one Bear. I also poured scent down a rotten stump very close to the bait and the bear/s had darn near tore the entire stump out of the ground and dug a huge hole under it too. They have rippeed all the litle stumps out of the grtound and tore up some rotten logs right next to the bait also, which is kind of wierd cuz i didnt scent them at all. Unless maybe a diffrent bear burried something , not real sure if they do that though. I was so fired up. Now I just need to keep the bait coming and decide on when i need to go out for the hunt. Deer season starts on the 10 of Oct and i wouldnt mind harvesting one before that but I also dont want to sit in a tree in the rain.

So any how I am ready to take the right one. I just need to sit and wait for it now. .

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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You sure it is a Black Bear? If it is a Black Bear it is big. I would not walk on the bear trails from the bait area. Around here that spooks them. Makes them much more cautious. Good luck. Keep us informed.

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Location: Careywood ID
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I assume it is a black bear. I doubt it might be a grizzly if they where down here we wouldnt be able to bait. The areas that have griz in are closed to baiting and hounds. And if one has wandered down this far south I am sure there would be reports of sigghtings. All I know now is I need to find another source of bait as they are wipeing me out as fast as I can get it to the bait site. I would like to run it for another week before I shoot one, I just dont have the time to process one right now but next weekend and week I will. When I was younger I worked in a Pizza shop owned by 2 brothers who where avid bear hunters and seemed to shoot bear every year. They would cook up the expiered pizza dough and used that and Pizza scraps left over from pizzas and all you can eat night. They seemed to do pretty well with that. And they had a large supply too. Msybe I will go to the pizza places and see if I can get expired dough from them.

Bob/ Gerry . if your out there still hunting them good luck.

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Idaho welcome to BGH I would start going to your bait early morning or late evening.

Meat scraps work the best find a local butcher that will give you some.

Sweeten it up once in awhile, with stuff like that pizza dough and other goodies candy of some sort and some sort of syrop. Thats what I use and it works every year.

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Location: Careywood ID
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Well I still have not shot a bear. I have been running bait out every other day and ever time my bait is all gone. I usually have 2, 5 gallon buckets full and the bear are hitting it real hard. I started a new type of bait which is working welll too.

The bears are eating durring the night though, I sat on my bait from first light till about 10 am Saterday and back in the afternoon till dark, and didnt see a thing. I was back in the morning and the bait had been hit. I went back mid day and nothing had touched it. Back in the evening till dark again and still nothing. But i think there was one walkng around in the back ground but wouldnt show its head.

But I did find out that someone has been sitting in my stand. They broke off some branches to make it easier to get up my tree. Also I thought maybe some one was visiting my tree stand so I pushed a 16 penny nail into the seat so if someone wanted to sit down they would have to pull it out. Als when I built the stand I had some nails and screws left over, so I pushed 3 of them into the bark and laid the rest across them. And someone has removed them. I looked around and they are nowhere to be found. If someone shoots a bear out of my tree stand off my bait I am going to be so PO'D

So now I just need to figure out how to coax the bear out durring the lighted hours. Any Ideas?

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
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Take most of your bait home with you at ight--leave a little to tease the bears-Then they might get idea food is available during day light or evening it has worked in past.

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Very good idea.

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