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Bear baiting

Have any of you guys ever heard of a jar of honey being heated up on a single burner to use for bait? My dad was telling me about this guy who claims it's the next best thing to sliced bread. Was wondering if there was any truth to it without having tried it....

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Honey burn

Yes, it is an effective way to open a bait or attract a bear in earlier in the day. I do honey burns frequently!  Put about a cup of honey in a gallon can and set it on a single burner stove. It is a good idea to put an alluminum foil skirt under the can to protect the stove, as the honey foams up as it burns and will overflow even a gallon can. Bears find the burnt sugar smell very attractive. A moderate wind blowing in the direction you believe the bear to be coming from is best.

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Bear Baiting

Good Morning!

 Honey Burns, a great weapon to have in your bag of tricks! I have used this method before, it works great. I use a large coffee can with about 1 cup of store bought honey. Instead of a burner, I use sterno for my heat source. You can experiment with the amount of time you want the honey to burn by taking out some sterno. I usually shoot for a 45 minute burn, once the honey is almost gone, you do get some pretty heavy smoke, but thats a good thing because all that ssweet smelling smoke gets caught up in the tree canopy and keeps you bait sight smelling great. I have noticed, in my case, don't overuse this method, it's seems to work godd the first few burns, but seems to loose it lure to the bears if it is used too much. Good Luck, Knock Em' Down!

Bundy

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Try something different

Bundy wrote:

Good Morning!

 Honey Burns, a great weapon to have in your bag of tricks! I have used this method before, it works great. I use a large coffee can with about 1 cup of store bought honey. Instead of a burner, I use sterno for my heat source. You can experiment with the amount of time you want the honey to burn by taking out some sterno. I usually shoot for a 45 minute burn, once the honey is almost gone, you do get some pretty heavy smoke, but thats a good thing because all that ssweet smelling smoke gets caught up in the tree canopy and keeps you bait sight smelling great. I have noticed, in my case, don't overuse this method, it's seems to work godd the first few burns, but seems to loose it lure to the bears if it is used too much. Good Luck, Knock Em' Down!

Bundy

Don't stick with just one thing try jello or kool-aid they both make great burns. The ones that work best for me have been cherry jello and tropical punch kool-aid. When I do burns I try not to do the same one more than twice in a row.

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Re Bear bait

Hey guys, thanks for the great piece of info about the honey buns and using the buckets. I'm looking forward to giving this a try in the future this fall.

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I wish we could do that in

I wish we could do that in oregon Cry baby Cry baby

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Weren't they trying to get it

Weren't they trying to get it back on the ballot in Oregon this past year to allow it again? What happened with that?

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they couldnt get the required

they couldnt get the required amount of signatures, too many tree huggin hippies here. but with more and more sightings in residentional areas with both bear and cougar its only a matter of time till an attack happens, i just hope its not on a child. I think there gonna try again to get it on the ballot. I think it got on 4 years ago but got shot down. with the bear and cat populations Oregon will soon be a great place to hunt predator but good luck on deer and elk.

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I kinda wonder when a wolf

I kinda wonder when a wolf will run off with a kid around here. US F&W Services were trying to track a few down in a helicopter a few weeks ago that were about < 10 miles from Boise. They have been having a lot of problems with them killing livestock that close to the city and the area they have been seen in is very popular for hiking.

Sad thing is your right about in Oregon it will take an attack for things to change. Kinda like putting in a stop sign or stop light takes some many before hmm maybe we should put a stop sign or stop light in this intersection don't you think....

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Bear Baiting

I've been looking over the comments and suggestions, all good ones. Just another food I use that works great- sunflower seeds covered with maple syrup or mollasess, they lick the barrel clean.

Bundy

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