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Location: Sudbury, Ontario
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Black bear hunting in the rain

HI,
This is my second year black bear hunting over a bait site. I had a monster show up last year at my site who fled the moment I started to draw my bow. He later showed up underneath my tree stand huffing and puffing, (which became his trail after I set the stand up) and decided to trot towards my ATV which was parked on a rock face which was approx. at the same elevation as my stand. Once he noticed my ATV, he bolted back down through the ferns knocking a dead birch tree over like it wasn't even there. Not sure if it was the ATV that scared him or my sent he picked up.He stoped as soon as he reached the thickets and slowly worked his way upwind and waited there until I left my tree stand. The next morning I went in to bait to later find out he climbed the spruce tree where my stand was set. He wasn't able to reach the stand because I had left several branches that prevented him from going further. This same bear climbed my brother in law's stand and bent his seat (this is the largest gorirla portable stand) and ate the foam cushion. The next day we moved his stand to another tree to find out he had climbed that one and bit into his pee bottle. His canine spread is 2 3/4 inches and we have measure his front pad at 5 3/4. I described this bear as having a very long and muscular body with a massive head. His front legs had to be at least 8" in diameter. My brother in law (who has more experience) finally saw this beast! He had goose bumps as he described his encounter in broad daylight! He said I had described him to a "'T''! He said he was built like a thourough bread with a square head.
This bear is continuously hitting my site and he has been coming withing 40 yds from my stand and waiting out in the thickets until I leave the site. I decided to move my stand to the opposite side of the bait which removes me from his trail. I know this bear remembers his encounter with me from last year because he now has me patterned! Hopefully he will show up now that I am well concealed, out of his trail and my ATV parked in another spot.
I appologise for the long story, I was planning a hunt tonight but was rained out with pouring rain all day!! Do bear hit the bait in rain! They are shure active before a storm front!!! Please provide me with any tips to help me bag this beast!

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Location: ontario can.
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Black bear hunting in the rain

Sounds like your dealing with a smart one. Only advice that I can give you is to try something that has worked for me in the past. I'm assuming you use your ATV to bait. If this is the case have a buddy go to the bait site with you when you are ready to hunt. Make some noise at the bait site as you would when baiting. You should then climb into your stand and have your partner leave on the bike. Trust me the sound of that ATV leaving is like a dinner bell for the bears. If hunting alone you can ride to the spot where you normally park your bike when baiting, again either rebait the site if needed or just make some noise at the bait site giving the impression you've added some bait. Then walk back to your ATV, start it up and move it somewhere the bear won't see or smell it. Park it,shut it down and get back to your stand as quickly and quietly as you can. By doing this the bear thinks all is clear and will often come in very shortly after. Remember this bear knows it's snack time by the sound of the ATV both coming and going. Bears are usually bedded within a few hundred yards of the bait they've been working so he'll hear everything. Also bears have great sniffers so pay attention to the wind. Good luck, have fun and shoot straight.

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Black bear hunting in the rain

Thanks for the tips! I planned a buddy system with my partner which is exactly what you are suggesting. I also added a second tree stand on the opposite side of the bait site which is the opposite of the entry point of this big bore. Last week I baited on a very hot day and I left my sweaty t shirt hanging from a tree next to the bait site. I found it yesterday covered in saliva! He is abviously not afraid of my sent!!!

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Lots of people will probably argue with this but I find hunting in the rain is just as good as fishing in the rain. All the rain does it gives you a little more avantage usually when its raining its windy and you have all these other scents drifting around the air. The air is usually not blowing one way very long. The rain and wind also gives the bears alot more to hear and the little drips and drops off the trees all over the place. If you've noticed when its raining there is tonnes of excess noise which screws them up not to mention the trees swaying in the wind and other trees rubbing on the one beside them all kinds of interfernce with there senses so we have a great advantage over them when its raining.

In my experience with bears when they are hungry they eat so dont be surprised to see bears all over the place when its raining I shot 2 of my bears in the rain the first one was a totall down pour it rained all day long the other one it was just a little drizzle off and on all day but they still came.

Good idea with the shirt method it works very well. I also spray a nice chunk of wood with bug spray because I use it in my stand it gets them so used to it when they smell it they dont care. Also if that big boy just dosent wanna come out try some fresh rabbit blood or some sort of small game animals blood I use cow but some people wont be able to get it so just use a small game animal you have killed drip some blood in a jar take it with you to your site and pour it all over the ground in front of your bait and in it then let some rabbit crys go he'll come guarenteed he'll come and he'll come full tilt so be ready.

I also got my hands on a barrell full of deer guts and blood this year from a road kill holy shit did it ever work good man. The guts were there for about an hour and they killed my bait box to get it.(ripped it apart and it was built tough).
Hunting in the rain is absolutely excellent if your not afraid of getting a bit wet,
for deer its a totally different story.

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Black bear hunting in the rain

I like your tip with the rabbit blood and cries! I have rabbits at my bait site all the time! Being we are now in mid September the bears are mainly interested in hi carb foods such as pasta, popcorn etc.. I always mix in some meat scraps and they always leave that for the next day! They take the sweets and lick up the deep fry oil up along with popcorn first! Tonight I will try another honey burn with some anise oil. My partner will bait my site while I set up in my stand! I looks like light rain in the forecast so I'll give it a try!

Thanks for the tips!

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I just came home from duck hunting in the rain all day. I was beyond drenched did phenominal got 6 outta the 50 I seen but thats good enough for me Ill post pics after.

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Let me ask you this. What does the honey burn do? It leaves no food nor does the anise. It creates a bit of extra human activity around your baitsite during its preparation--something you really don't want. Its main objective is to serve as an attractant on a new bait. The bears already know your bait is there. And you already have bait there and available for them.
Something less intrusive and less bothersome is simply spraying vanilla extract on the upper leaf canopy using one of those plastic spray bottles.
I'd start looking at a way of taking your bait out each time you sit on your stand if you suspect they're hitting it after dark or early morning.
Often times when your baitsite goes cold or is being hit when you're not there, the bears are usually spooked by your presence. Its easier to fold up shop and move to another site one or two hundred yards away. You're still in the neighborhood and they'll pick up on the smell of bait very easily.

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From my experience, the anise oil or honey burns will bring in the bears. So far, on eight watches, I have seen 7 bears and boy are they looking to find out what the smell is. If you want meat in the freezer, then you may want to look at using an attractant. This year, I took one bear on opening night who came in for the anise. Last year when I saw that big boy, (the one I mention in my first topic) he came in straight for the honey burn. To bad I spooked him drawing my bow !! I do have to agree that I think he is associating the honey burn with my presence. My luck is running out at getting him this year and I may call it quits to get ready for moose and because of the increased activity from duck hunters and with birds opening Friday. I will be looking to change my site closer to the swamp and heavier cover which is where he is always coming from.

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In my expierince I agree with saw on this one I tryed everything that anyone has said on this site and only a few methods bring em in and keep em comming. Honey burns or anything burning besides a cigarette dosent work that great (well for me anyway) not saying a cigarette will bring em in im saying I smoke the whole time Im up there and it dosent bother them. Meat scraps and syrops, grease preferably old cooking grease from a restaurant, donuts and pastries are the main baits that I use and they all have there triats to keep em comming.(If you have kids that waste food strap it in a bag and bring it out with you(freeze it if you want)(and dont litter grocery bags are the easiest to carry in everytime they are also the easiet to bring out.On your way in make some noise everytime so they know when the dinner bell goes off then get in your stand and wait they'll come.I find when you get them used to the noise they come shortly after if not minutes.(Exspecially if they are already hitting it regularily. This years bait I had was getting hit minutes after I had left they got used to the banging on the buckets and they came right in it took me 1 hour this year to get my bear (They loved the chocolate syrop licked every drop off the sand everytime.

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Black bear hunting in the rain
wyldewood wrote:
Sounds like your dealing with a smart one. Only advice that I can give you is to try something that has worked for me in the past. I'm assuming you use your ATV to bait. If this is the case have a buddy go to the bait site with you when you are ready to hunt. Make some noise at the bait site as you would when baiting. You should then climb into your stand and have your partner leave on the bike. Trust me the sound of that ATV leaving is like a dinner bell for the bears. If hunting alone you can ride to the spot where you normally park your bike when baiting, again either rebait the site if needed or just make some noise at the bait site giving the impression you've added some bait. Then walk back to your ATV, start it up and move it somewhere the bear won't see or smell it. Park it,shut it down and get back to your stand as quickly and quietly as you can. By doing this the bear thinks all is clear and will often come in very shortly after. Remember this bear knows it's snack time by the sound of the ATV both coming and going. Bears are usually bedded within a few hundred yards of the bait they've been working so he'll hear everything. Also bears have great sniffers so pay attention to the wind. Good luck, have fun and shoot straight.

.....sound advice ! Thumbs up

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Black bear hunting in the rain

Any way you can make loud noise for a couple mins will usually work as a dinner bell specially if you get them used to it.

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