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OK guys ,,, we are gonna use this post from now on to help u with bait selection, hunting technique, time, and tips to tag ur bears.
Keep posting ur pictures on the other post this one will be for the opening day hunt !!

hope u r ready for it cause the countdown has just began ... FEELING THE PRESSURE BOYS ?!

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Blackie and Porka

Yes I am
I wake up thinking about this stuff wondering if I'm doing something wrong or missed something.
Takes alot of work, but if she gets her bear, its all worth it.

THINK BIG

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Blackie .
You need to start making the trail for ur crib as soon as possible, u also need to send me or post pictures here to show me the area u picked for ur crib and why u picked it .
EVEN if u can't bait yet i think u can make the clean trail all the way to ur crib so everything will be ready when u start baiting .

Porka
from now on u have to pay attention to the big brown bear and make sure u write down the time this bear is hitting ur bait at, or post it here .

very soon guys we are gonna talk about fall baiting which is the most important part of this whole thing .
the fall baiting include info on slow honey burn, some exellent fall hunt lure etc..

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OK
Trails and crib tomorrow
Will post pictures

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Ok we went out and put up the first crib today after work.
It’s on the edge of the thick stuff at the edge of a real beg tag elder swamp.
This will be the back-up spot.
Lots of bear sign, tracks of different sizes (up to 8"), lots of scat.
I should be able to bait from the north and west with a little hike and I should be able to get my daughter to her stand from the south by skirting the edge of a 100 acre clear cut, then about 75 to 100 yards through the woods.
I should be able to set the stands in pines about 30 yards away.
We left the camera there.
We should be able to pick up another next week.
Porka
Do you swap the cards and use a card reader at home or do you bring the camera home to download it?
Anybody have any advice on a video camera?

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stay away from clear cuts, roads, and anything of that matter, move ur bait little deeper where bears feel safe and not disturbed. the place of ur crib should look dark and eery.
Make sure there is trees around the crib that big enough to support ur stands.
Make sure the trees are within straight line of ur crib and nothing is in between the firing line and the crib.

U can check the card on ur camera and see if any of the pics interest u if so put a new card in and take the used card home and download the pics on ur pc , if u don't see anything or the pictures on the cards does not interest u then u can delete the pictures and use the same card again .

regarding video cam, i use a digital cam and been happy with it and will never go back to the old one, check them out .

Did u finish making the walking trail ?
the other crib should be located on the other side of the road, next to the swamp or any fresh bear signs, but make sure the spot u pick for ur crib is well hidden and thick and far from any human activity .

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We are going to the main spot where all those big tracks are tomorrow, will be spending all day working on the crib / trail.
The crib we built today is the location where I have found multiple bears, smaller but lots of sign. This seems to be a main travel route. This will be the back-up and I hope we do not need it.
It’s within 30 yds of the tag elders that are 8 to 10 feet tall (not any tall trees back in there). Swamp is ovaled 1/2 x 1/4 mile going north to south, beavers in the middle.
The clear cut was cleared 16 years ago, so it grown back pretty good. It's more than 1/2 mile west of that highway and 1/3 mile east of a dirt road. I'll modify a topo for you.

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OK let me try this
Heres the topo
I removed the identifers

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And an Aerial

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The Camera took 4 pictures last night 2 of them at 2:52 there is nothing there
and the other 2
Do not know if it wants to be a bear or bear bait

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We spent 6 hours on King Kong’s crib
To get out there you would have to fallow -----------------------------------------------We opened a trail to come in on 3 feet wide and about 200 yards long, cleared every stick, log, saplings, and weed that might cause problems.
It's hard to believe that something that big can get around in that stuff, but this is the area that I've found all his tracks.

Hotmoon

I know that this isn’t the picture that you have in your mind, but this is not Alberta, this is Michigan, and I am trying to fallow all the advice that you have given me.
You would not believe where this location is at. When it's all over, I'll post a larger map and a plat map. I'm guessing that the reason that I've have found bears this size is because nobody in there right mind would ever think that there could be bears here.
This started out just looking for a place for my daughter to hunt, and I just happened to stumble on to this spot by lookig for a place where there wouldnt be any hunters chasing bears with dogs.

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