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Bears and chocolate

Hello Bear Hunters,

We finally got a kill permit for central Wisconsin so we set up some baits. We were using bread and bakery soaked with chocolate syrup, maple syrup, and a fruit jelly mix. The bait was getting hit about 3 times a week with one set of pad prints over 7". We just recently found a source for chocolate covered cherries so we picked up a barrel of them along with a barrel of crushed ice cream cones. Since we added this to the baits they have not been hit in 2 weeks. I was wondering if anyone new if too much chocolate would bother a bear. I am also wondering if it may be a blueberrie crop pulling them away? and if so will they remember the baits and come back.

J.V.

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Location: ontario
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That measurement on a 7" pad is a bit strange. Did you measure the length instead? Anyway, you may have a mature male bear doing the rounds and they're a bit notorious for not staying in one place for too long. I'm in an area where blueberries are downright abundant from mid July to late August. I've had my hunters watch bears walk right through a loaded berry patch to take my meat bait instead so I've long suspected there is such a thing as too much sweets. I know I couldn't eat a steady diet of the stuff or steak for that matter. I also noticed that as the season wore on into September, bears didn't hit baits as hard or as regular. I used to bait with just sweets alone then came a time when my source was no longer available. So I had to use meat scraps instead and noticed they were being hit just as hard or harder than sweets--probably because they had the option of natural sweets like blueberries and raspberries. All I can suggest to you now is go to a meat bait and see what happens. Clearly, either somethings happened to your bear or he's just moved on. As for remembering baits and bait locations, you betcha they do. I've known bears come out of their dens in the spring and head directly to a bait site as evidenced by their tracks in the snow. You'll also find that your baitsite will start up again next year almost immediately once you start baiting it again.

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Thanks for the reply. When we lay a dollar bill into the print it is at least 1" longer and alot wider. As for baiting with meat, I wish we could. In Wisconsin we are quite restricted in what we use for bait.

Thanks,
J.V.

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Location: ontario
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Don't forget your bills are about 12 per cent larger than ours are right now so maybe that accounts for the size of the pad. Too bad you can't use meat where you are. What about a grease burn? These taboo as well?

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Location: Cumberland, Maine
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Can you use old cooking oil / fryalator grease where you are hunting? We always pour it on the ground around our bait buckets, and then any animal that walks through is leaving a scent trail back to your bait station. This will help more bears find your bait the first time. Good luck, and wish ya a productive season. Thumbs up

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Location: Alberta Canada
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a 7" pad is of a big boar for sure, is this bear coming back to ur site after the changes u made? my own experience with one huge boar and a mistake similar to urs tell me that this is the last time u are gonna see this bear, lets hope u don't experience the same thing here .

big boars are not like a 200+ lbs bears,, one mistake is all it takes for a big boar to abandon the site .

why change something bears seems to like soo much ?!!
learn from it and try to avoid mistakes like these in the future .

You can try to get this bear back by doing slow honey burn for 1 full week on a daily basis for at least 6 hours a day .
it sounds too much work for u ? actualy it isn't .. u need to make 7 straight trips to ur site , setup the slow burn at 3 in the afternoon and leave, the slow burn should take 6 hours before it finally stop,, it only take 15 minutes of ur time to set it up, u don't need to be there while burning if u know how it's done

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Burns are a good idea when you are having problems with a particular site. But leaving one burning for hours on end unattended is illegal here and especially during peak fire seasons is downright dangerous.

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who said anything about fire when doing a slow honey burn ?!

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Don't keep us in suspense Hotmoon. How do you do a burn without heat?

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Yea
Now you got me
I just bought some sterno and a sterno stove.

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Location: Alberta Canada
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in order to make the honey burn without the fire u need to get the following :

1. 5 gallon metal barrel or bigger
2. stermo stove

here how it's done :

1.u punch 2 small hole opposite to each others on the top side of the barrel with a small nail

2. u pour honey, sugar, blue berry syrup, rasberry syrup ( or ur choice )to the bottom of the barrel and then u cover the barrel really well with it's original metal lid and then u place the barrel on the stermo for 15-30 mins or so and then u hang it on the tree and watch the smoke that kept inside the barrel leave through the 2 wholes we punched for hours non stop
don't worry about the pressure inside the barrel because the 2 holes will release the pressure inside and at the same time keep the smoke inside the barrel and release it slowly in the air which will keep the fresh smell of the honey burn a lot longer around the site and in the surrounding

it's that simple !!

the only way for the aroma to leave the barrel is by the 2 tiny nail holes on the top side of the barrel, i assure u that u can leave the area and come back hours later and still see the smoke escaping thru the 2 holes and more importantly is the aroma of the goodies in still in the air and all over !

I should start charging readers for all the tips and tricks i've been posting online,, well guys,, u gotta admit that u only read this stuff on biggamehunt.net, which gave me an idea to start charing biggamehunt.net percentage from now on Evil!
I guess i will share this tip for free since i have many more tricks under my sleeves but i should keep my mouth shut form now on unless i get a raise neener!

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