This is my first year baiting for bear in the spring. I typically slope hunt in the fall but thought I would give baiting a chance seeing as I fell into a good area for baiting. The problem I am having is that all the larger bears coming to the bait are showing up from 2 am to 4 am. I have trailcam pics but have been unable to see any of these bruins during shooting hours. Tried rebaiting in the morning and keeping minimal amounts of bait in the barrel. Any suggestions from the more experienced bear hunters out there? ,)
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Mon, 2009-05-18 11:13
Tue, 2009-05-19 21:38#1
Years ago we had a spring hunt in colorado, my buddy was baiting in the evening after work for a few weeks. Come hunting season he put out the bait hid an waited , nothing for a week but the bait would be gone each morning . So the next week he put out the bait , hid and had his brother drive off in the truck , once the truck was gone within 5 min he had 4 bear on the bait and getting dark fast . too many bear , too dark and too scared.couldn't wait for his brother to come pick him up. Dont know if that helps but it's a good story anyhow.. have fun good luck !!
Thu, 2009-05-21 10:36#2
That is a good story. I'm starting to see more action the last few days and I believe its due to the moon. It was full all last week and the sows are starting to come into estrus which has got them moving around during all times of day. I had a decent boar (225-250) come in last night, TRIED TO CLIMB MY TREE!, but he was rubbed pretty well. Going to hit it hard thisweekend but after that I believe they're coats are pretty much going to be junk. Oh well, until fall. Havin fun outside though and thats all that really matters. Thanks for the response. Good Luck out there.
Fri, 2009-05-22 15:44#3
If you guys are bear hunting in Colorado, you might want to check out this paragraph from page 8 of the Colorado Big Game regulations booklet.:
"IT’S AGAINST THE LAW TO:"
"21. Use dogs or bait to hunt bears, deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. Bait
means to put, expose, distribute or scatter salt, minerals, grain, animal parts
or other food as an attraction for big game. Scent sticks that smell like food
are illegal for bears."
Just a thought.
Mon, 2009-05-25 20:19#4
You might try reading the first line, it says , YEARS AGO we had a SPRING hunt in Colorado and at that time you COULD bait bear in the spring ONLY...There is no longer a SPRING bear hunt in Colorado and yes no baiting . Kgonzo469 first line says he is on a SPRING bear hunt so I would say he is not hunting in Colorado
Tue, 2009-05-26 09:33#5
Out of curiosity, how long has it been illegal to bait bears in Colorado? You're right, I overlooked the spring aspect. I forgot about that stupid referendum.
Tue, 2009-05-26 09:49#6
1992 if I remember right.
Tue, 2009-05-26 12:24#7
black bear aiting
been baitin bears (say that fast 7 times) since the mid 70's and it truly is an art to outsmart an animal that owes his entire existance to his nose. Remember that his eyesight ain't worth ***t and it often does not even matter most of the time if you are in camo or not. Breeding season for blacks is end of may start of june and they get stupid sometimes just like whitetails do. The best bait you can have for an evening hunt is other bears on the bait. young boars will run away when a big bruin gets close, cubs are weary also and the level of alertness is a great indicator of a bear waiting in the wings. I have even had big bruins defend a bait and keep all others away except sows, useing it as a bait himself. if you want to lure in the cagiest of bruins here are a few tips
- only bait in the AM and hunt in the PM
- never cary food in with you when you hunt
- always wear rubber boots to put out bait and leave them in the bush
- keep baits 3 plus miles apart as bears will travel easily 3miles to eat
-make a cover scent from the local trees and use it
-last but not least, pick a set of clothes and leave them tied up in the bush for the entire hunting season and change into them when you arrive boots and all. if they smell like the bush and the boots leave no noticable scent trail then your chances are greatly improved.
I never had sow in heat scent work even once for me
sit down be still shut up and hold on, its goin get bloody