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Location: Thompson, Manitoba Canada
Joined: 04/09/2005
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Different baiting technique

I hunt and guide for black bears in Northern Manitoba Canada. Here's a way to know they'll hit before dragging all you gear in the bush.
Once you have located several spots where there is good bear sign you will want to put out stink baits first to ensure it gets hit before placing the permenant bait out. Use 5 gallon plastic pails put in you old meats, milk , pastries, food scraps , rotten fish, sardines eggs what ever you have thats no good. Fill the pails up to 3/4 full and put lids on them. Put each inside a black garbage bag and leave in your yard in the sun for a week or longer until you are ready to set out the baits. You will need some rope tie on to bucket handle at bait site and cut about 1/2 inch vent holes all along the top sides of the bucket then hang approx 6 feet of the ground. I also take along 12inch X 12 inch strips of burlap that i've soaked in old heated up restraurant deep frying greese, tie 2 ft strings to them first and once soaked put all inside a garbage bag and hang several around the area of the bucket. check every 2nd day for hits. Prints and teeth marks are good measurements of size of bear.
Once hits are established set out you drums or tires for you permenant bait sites.
Happy hunting
Chris

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Location: Nova Scotia
Joined: 01/02/2005
Posts: 45
Baiting bears

We find using a sweet scent as an attractant,this is what we tried in the first years we started serious baiting- we bought up 2 or 3 cans cinnimon deluted it with a bit of water and pure vanilla,boiled it for 3 min.after that put strips of wool cloth in this mixture,when you get into site,take out strips hang as high as you can reach,3 or 4 strips around outside of bait about 20 yrds down wind from site.Take half of the deep fryer oil from 5 gal bucket,splash it all over the tree and then tie the bucket in same tree about 4 - 5 feet off ground,pour a gt or Lt of molasses on wind ward side of tree and on the ground,dig the ground up a little also,they like the smell of fresh earth makes them curious.leave for 3 days,return and find bait has been hit! if not going to hunt the site for a month only bait every 3 days until the last week before the open season.then bait everyday,we only bait from 8 am until 12 noon.this gives the area time to quiet down and get bears in from 3pm until dusk .We found using rotten meat attracts other animals we don't need at the site,not mentioning the unpleasant smell while setting in the site.We find the sweeter the smell the more success.
I can give more detail if you wish,just email me or go to my websites.Willing to help in anyway I can.Good hunting ! Wink Here is a sample site using sweet smells and goodies.And the results-Check out the size of these brutes after 2 weeks of baiting.Almost forgot - if you see any foods or wrapers strung along the exit trails,you'll know without a doubt you have a sow and cubs,the cubs will take things to the trails from bait sites.

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Different baiting technique

Hank if you are getting unwanted animals on bait when using rotten meat try pissing all over the bait site. I use meat scraps and cow heads. Then I piss all ove the bait site. Literally. Keeps foxes coyotes and what ever other critters.

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Location: Nova Scotia
Joined: 01/02/2005
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Different baiting technique

Supersider34,
sounds like a good tip,I do know it works well for keeping unwanted critters from eating deer apple baits.But I'll stick to what I use,it gives us a 95 % success rate on bears as you can see.Bears in the territory we hunt won't take rotten meats during the Fall,their after berries and sweets.They will take it in the Spring,but we don't have a Spring season.I guess thats why we have a very heavy bear population in N.S. anyways thanks for the reply. Wink

Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
Posts: 259
Different baiting technique

I mix cooking oil and anise or vanilla in a spray bottle and spry it all over around the bait area on trees . I sray it up high so the wind will carry the scent . I use the oil because it dos'nt evaporate as fast and holds the scent longer. If it works to bring in bear I don't know but it sure makes the woods smell good!

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