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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Just moved to the best hunting state in the nation. Does anyone know where to try and do some black bear hunting outside of Boise, Idaho? Would appreciate any help. Also, what is the best bait to use?

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Location: Idaho
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Sully,
There is a lot of competition around for some of the better spots in S.W. Idaho
Right now with all of the snow still in the high country it is a waiting game. My best advice I can give is to do some exploring. Just keep in mind you may need to get off the beaten path, wich may include going into places most people won't, and where hounds will not be able to catch wind of bears on your bait. We are blessed to have so much public land within an easy driving distance. Good luck. Let me know if there is any way I can help

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Location: Boise
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Thank you very much, We went to Idaho City area today for Turkey, and got into one early, but couldn't get him to come down. I don't know exactly where to go for bear especially with all of the private land..wow!!!. Just trying to get an idea where to set up a bait, don't need anything exact as I know it is a secret to hunters. Thanks again, and Good Luck.

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Location: Idaho
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Sully,
Send me a pm, and I will give you some ideas

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Location: Alberta Canada
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Hi Sully .
There should be no secret when another fellow hunter in need of information.

Here's what I know over 13 years of bow hunting and 20 years of rifle hunting:

If hunting in spring I prefer to use light baits, like Honey , bread, raspberry, blueberry, sugar mixed with water, meat scrap ( very little ) Vanilla oil, Anise oil etc
mix 2 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water and boil them together for few minutes, by now they should become thick. get some of ur old bread and cut to small pieces and add them to ur sugar liquid and spread them all over ur bait site , also pour some of the sugar liquid on trees ..

for raspberry, mix it with bread and spread it at ur bait site, do the same thing with blueberry and Honey. don't forget to pour blue / raspberry and honey onto some trees also. what we are doing here is making our own donuts in case we cannot get old donuts from stores, the difference here is our donuts is FRESH and alot cheaper !!!! If You cannot find raspberry and blueberry buy them in syrups they will do just fine.

get few cloth and damp some in Anise oil and some in vanilla oil and hang them high on trees nearby,, BEARS LOVE THEM !!

do all the steps above and then do ur honey / bacon burn and then leave ur baiting site .!! Here's why :

once u establish a bait site , Bears will come alot quicker to ur bait after u burn ur bacon and honey and leave, remember that Bears will stick nearby once u keep fresh food for them for 2 weeks , so everytime u enter the bait site they will know, they will be watching u and they will smell everything you are cooking for them , so if for 2 weeks u burn bacon for them and leave You educate them and let them know that I am done and leaving soon after my bacon is done so they come out of hiding soon u finish ur bacon/ honey burn why? because for few weeks u been doing just that ! so on the actual hunting day burn bacon / Honey and go to ur stand they will think You left and come out

For fall Hunt I use heavy baits like meat, fish etc... Here's what You do :
Mix the meat with fish and grind them together, make sure You keep all the blood and juice from grinding. put it in onion bag or potato bag ( screen bag ) then put it in a plastic bag and store it in freezer . 12 hours before ur hunting trip take the bag out of the freezer and let it melt inside the plastic bag, by doing this we are creating more juice so the bear could smell it miles away, at ur baiting site take off the plastic bag and hang the screen bag with the meat in it on urtree , do a bacon burn and go to ur stand and get Yourself Your dream Bear!!

To find the perfect baiting site here's what You look for :

Damp, thick, heavy. old dark wood, and most importantly WATER !! try to find a creek, river, small lake, and go from there and look for signs, do a test bait first and if ur bait has been hit by a Bear make it ur baiting site if not move to a different place . once u locate water setup ur bait within 100 yards from the water source , look for signs of Bears during ur scouting trips, do not try to find bears , if there is signs there is Bears! if You see Bears during ur scouting trips that's a bonus , be happy !
If You see 1 small Bear in ur area there is probably 20 Bears nearby that You didn't see .. once You establish Your baiting site You will see them all.
In spring look for Bears in slopes facing south !

sorry I paste all info here from my thread.
Bears LOVE HONEY AND RED RASBERRY SYRUPS ALSO STINKY FISH ..

Let me know if You require more info

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Location: Boise
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Thank you very much for all the advice, You guys are great...Happy Hunting and will post pics if I get one. Got my tags yesterday so I am off to find a spot.

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Well, I have two baits out and plenty of small hits, probably squirrels or something. On my last turkey hunt, we spotted a big black bear (boar). Unfortunately we only had a .44 and a 12 gauge with us. 327 yds away. we got 2 shots off with the .44 but missed from 50-75 yds. We set up a bait in that area and getting the anise oil and huckleberry syrup ready. Good luck to all. Only a short time left.
Sully

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Location: Lewiston ID
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Bear Hunting outside of Boise Idaho

Have you thought about heading north? I have hunted around Sweet, Ola and Banks, I have seen several bears in these areas. There is forest service lands, alot of open roads and even more closed ones. Sweet is just east of Emmett between Emmett and Horseshoe Bend, Ola is north of sweet and Banks is between Horseshoe Bend and Cascade, But there is a road that connects all of them and goes out to council. If nothing else this is a nice drive, and there is turkey out there too. (your other post about where's the turkeys)

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