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Location: minnesota
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Frement corn for bait???

I have heard from some people that bear love fermented corn. What is a easy way to do this? How long does it take and does it work? Thanks guys!

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Location: New Brunswick
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Frement corn for bait???

Regular corn with apple juice works just as well.

I get 50 lbs bags of cracked corn from the local feed shop for bait.
I found out last night that they also like horse grain.I forgot an ice cream container of it out by the barn last night.It was tore apart this morning,with bear tracks everywhere.It is a cheap bait as well.$8.50 per 50 lbs.

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Location: Minnesota
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Frement corn for bait???

I take a couple of 5 gallon buckets, fill them about 2/3 full of corn. Add 3-4 lbs of sugar per bucket and fill with water to the top of the corn. Leave plenty of room in the bucket for expansion because once the fermentation process starts, the corn will swell. Give it a good stir and cover it and then stir the mash every couple of days. You will have fermented corn within a week.

Personally, I have not had great success with the bears hitting the corn. I've tried it on and off for the past 3-4 years with not much luck. But, I have heard from other hunters that the corn is the first thing their bears hit...so its a matter of what your bears like or dis-like. It's pretty easy and inexpensive to make, so give it a try.

To Warny: you must have left out some oats that the bears found. They love oats. If you've ever seen the damage a few bears can do to an oat field, you'll know why local farmers want you to thin out the bear population. When they find an oat field, a bear will sit on it's haunches and pull the oats in by the arm full and then move to another location to eat more. One bear can lay down the oats in an area the size of a house in less than a couple of hours. Try putting out some oats at your bait site and pouring some molasses over them....

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Location: New Brunswick
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Frement corn for bait???
Live2Ride55 wrote:

To Warny: you must have left out some oats that the bears found. They love oats. If you've ever seen the damage a few bears can do to an oat field, you'll know why local farmers want you to thin out the bear population. When they find an oat field, a bear will sit on it's haunches and pull the oats in by the arm full and then move to another location to eat more. One bear can lay down the oats in an area the size of a house in less than a couple of hours. Try putting out some oats at your bait site and pouring some molasses over them....

I've got a horse,and the container was about half full of oats.We have a huge bear population here,with very few resident hunters.

Location: Minnesota,
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Frement corn for bait???

Does it matter what kind of molasses to use? I have been getting mine from the local feed store .Smells good, tastes like crap ( well, I had to try it ,it smelled good)

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Frement corn for bait???

I've always bought the gallon jugs from the grocery store.
Is the stuff you have "bitter"?

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Frement corn for bait???

It might the guy at the store said farm stock like it. it's used to get calves started on corn. I bought 80 lbs of it for $20.00 I also mix it with frosting so that should make it taste better.

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Location: Minnesota
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Frement corn for bait???

Agricultural molasses is not sweetened and is very bitter. I buy food grade molasses by the gallon at places like Sam's Club, etc. Another thing you can find fairly cheap at Sam's Club is gallon containers of maple syrup. When I can't find molasses, I'll use maple syrup and pour it over day old bread and also to mix with a few pounds of oats. As long as its sweet, the bears will eat it.

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Location: northeast tn
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Frement corn for bait???

that's more of a hog bait in my honost opnion

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Frement corn for bait???
tnhoundsman wrote:
that's more of a hog bait in my honost opnion

Thats what I was thinking.
If it's bitter,the bears won't eat it.

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Frement corn for bait???

they'll eat it but they have to be really hungry

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