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Help me size this bear

so check out these pictures & offer me an opinion on the bear's size. He is one smart bear..he never comes back to the bait at the same time... Thanks in advance! Thumbs up







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Welcome Bearetta. Nice bear. Have you seen his tracks? A couple of questions. How often do you bait this crib? Is the crib empty when you re-bait it? How long has he been coming to this crib? What times has he been there?

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Well, started baiting in August & been rebaiting almost every day. Using food scraps, but mostly cookie dough, gummies, the usual... Have not seen any tracks. The bait pile was hit pretty quick, but don't know if it has been the same bear the whole time since I just got the trail camera. Since then, it appears to be the same bear every time. Caught him there at 1:00 pm, 9:50 am, 9:30 pm, and once in the late night/early morning... It's frustrating banghead Most everyone I have showed the pictures too think he is well over 400 pounds, what do you think? Any tricks you can think of to help me catch him in the act? Thanks for replying! angry banghead

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He looks to be well over 400 pounds. What time of day do you bait this crib? What time do you hunt this site? Do you know of any local food sources other than your bait?

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Mainly rebait about 2 or so Had been hunting at about 3, but now that I know what I am after, I go sun-up, to sundown. Any ideas? There was one other guy baiting, but not that close & he quit a couple weeks ago, he got his bear. Any deas?i Think

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I have plenty of ideas but they depend on what you are already doing. One old trick is to limit the time the bait is available to the bear. Carry your bait in buckets and take it with you when you leave. Leave only a couple of cups of bait when you leave. The bear may think another bear or other critters are eating his food before he arrives. He may come in sooner to beat the competition. The fact that he is showing up at different times of day only when you are not there means that he knows you are there and is either laying nearby waiting for you to leave or he is eating somewhere else on the days you are present because he knows you are there.
Do you hunt from a tree stand or on the ground?

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a stand. I have caught other animals on the trail camera...coons, martin, etc...no other bears though.... He has been showing up more often lately...not sure if its because the food supply is dwindling, but thats my gut feeling. I have been on the stand all day, every day. eye roll

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I once hunted a bait that a guide friend of mine had. A client hunted this bait for a week. There was a big bear hitting the bait each night after the hunter left. The hunter could hear the bear moving around the bait clearing but the bear would not show himself. My friend took me to the site, baited the crib then left. I sat in the stand which was very uncomfortable for 4 or 5 hours without moving, it was torture. Eventually I saw something black that had not been there earlier. I would have needed to raise my head slightly to see through my glasses to see if it was a bear but I did not move. About 5 to 10 minutes later the bear came in. He had been standing on his hind legs in heavy cover looking at the tree stand before entering to see if there was a person there. He showed no fear when he entered the clearing and did not look up at the stand again. You may need to move your stand to another tree. Can this bear circle your bait site while staying in cover? I would also suggest adding a little red meat to your bait.

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Thanks for the tips. I am sure he can circle it....there are no other good sized trees for me to move the stand to, but I will try the read meat. I will keep you posted & let you know if I get him. Thanks again. You never did tell me when the crossbow season is? Where abouts are you? I am about 30 miles north of Deer River in teeny tiney Squaw Lake

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Crossbow is now legal for bear. It is also legal for deer but only during rifle season. You might try hunting from the ground.

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