Baitig bears was abolished during the early 70's in NC. The bear population had been dessimated because of this practice along liberal bag limits. In an effort to help the bear population rebound, the resource commission closed bear hunting for a number of years, established black bear sanctuaries across the state and once they opened the season again, they made baitig illegal.
The irony of the situation is hunters whom persue bears with dogs can "bait" an area to keep bears there, but they can't shoot the bears over the bait. They may release their dogs in the area to track and bay the bear but they better not shoot the bear over the bait. Does it make any sense to you because it doesn't to me?
And, of course, deer hunters baiting deer can't shoot bears over bait.