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What bear attractant works best for you ?

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i live in oregon where we cant use bait or hounds anymore, so we have to either spot and stalk or use predator calls, in the spring a fawn in distress call works pretty good and in the fall rabbit calls work ok, we can harvest up to 3 bears here a year, it just sucks we cant cant bait because of tree hugging hippies who dont understand hunting, what part of minnestoa are you from? I grew up near duluth and eveleth and int falls

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About an hour south of Frostbite Falls.

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what do you use to attract bears? people out here will use bacon for trail cams and odfw uses bacon to study bears, so out here bacon works very well

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Pretty much anything that smells sweet or grease. I can't say for certain yet but I suspect that big bores will remember bait site smells where they encountered a hunter in previous years. They may abandon that site and even sites with the same scent permanently or at best hit it only at night. If this is true it would be best to use different scent and different bait at these sites to draw the big boars back in to that particular bait site. Many of the big boars shot by hunters are taken at new bait sites. This is why I wondered about different / new scents.

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bacon Thumbs up

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Bacon Greese candy any thing sweet Bacon Bits work to they love those.

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Anything sweet smelling will work. I use maple syrup over donuts, they chow on the donuts and track the syrup all over the trails. We have some trail cam photos of leaves stuck all over the bears where they sat to eat at the bait station.

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I am getting some mixed feed back in regards to my 270 being adequate to kill a bear. My bait site is only about 30 yards from my stand. Any thoughts on if my old 270 will do the trick?

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Does anyone use commercial bear attractant?

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North Idaho Hunter wrote:
I am getting some mixed feed back in regards to my 270 being adequate to kill a bear. My bait site is only about 30 yards from my stand. Any thoughts on if my old 270 will do the trick?

If you can hit what you aim at and know where to shoot a bear the 270 is going to kill a bear just as good as a 338. I have taken bear with cals below 30.
117 gr out of a 257 Roberts
150 gr out of a 30-30

I would not sudgest a bullet weight less than 150 gr unless you are a REALLY good shot. The fact is a black bear does not die hard with a well placed shot! The 270 is plunty of gun Thumbs up

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