just got my bear tag, this will be my first time bear hunting. Any tips on how to locate bait sites and how to get them started? Also looking for someone that can run baits in the blackriver falls area for me, reasonablly priced.
Me thimks you best get hooked up with a group of doggers if you want to learn and be successful- there are quite a few around- if you don't like that idea- contact the Wisc Bear Hunters group and some one should be able to help you.
The last (and only) time I applied for unit C, I drew in just 3 years.
I hunted just outside of Wausau and arrowed my largest bear ever, a 500 pound public monster. I was right next to the border of unit B. If you do a little research on some of the larger public lands in that area, you should be able to get into some good bears relitivly easy. I would concentrate on large swampy areas. I would look for remote transition lines where other hunters are baiting close to the road. They will have the bears moving in the right direction, but to kill the big bears, just like with whitetails, you need to hunt near where they bed and feel safe. If you hunt near a road in "C" you will be competeing with other hunters. I would want my bait to be where the bears stage before going to the area where the others hunt.
If you get your selves some good maps and photo's and find remote transition lines, study the transition line (swamp edge) to find points that jut out into the swamp. Being near winding rivers is often good too. Then head out scouting! If you find a good looking spot put out a small bait and rake the dirt around to make out the track. go back and see which spots got hit the next weekend and narrow your bait sights. Spray bottles full of diluted Vanilla extract can be very good for getting the bairs to find the baits quickly. Spray the etract all around the bait and up into the trees... This will also signal to the bear that you have freshened the bait, so its good to spray every time you bait and at the beginning of your hunt... Just my opinion
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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