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Location: Alberta
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Hole Size?

I'm going to be setting up my bait sites in the near future, here is my delima. The area I plan to bait is about 7-8 hrs away, my work schedule is such that I can only fill my barrels every 12 days or so. I've got 1-55 gallon drum for each site. How big should I make the holes to make the bait last, but still keep them around. I'm going to chain the barrels to a tree but give them just enough slack so the bears can roll them some to get the goodies out (dry dog food and fryer oil). Originally I was thinking of one hole in the lid about 5" in diameter after futher deliberation my thoughts are to make about 3 -4 holes in the sides of each about 2" in diameter. Is this too big? Not big enough? Too many holes? Not enough holes?

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Joined: 09/17/2005
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Hole Size?

hey i'm from alberta and was just wondering where abouts you would be hunting. I plan to start my baits the second week in april and was wondering if you thought that it might be to early. i live in cold lake

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Location: Alberta
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New baits in 504 , if they don't pan out hunting established ones in 515. I'm actually considering starting my new ones towards the end of March (they season in 504 opens april 1). That way maybe I can get them in without too much trouble and see if there's any action on them by mid April, if not go to plan B and hunt the established ones. What zone are u baiting in Up North? as far as your question is concerned I think mid April would be fine.

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Location: SE Alaska
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Hole Size?

CowboyAl this is what I would suggest. First I would tie your drums up tight so they Can't roll them around. If you are using dog food they will be able to roll your drums around enough to roll the food out the holes within a day or two. Second, what I have done is cut the top of the drum at the top like you were opening a can of soup and only cut 1/4 to 1/3 of the way around the top. Bend the lip into the drum so that when the bear puts it's paw into the drum he has trouble getting it back out. You want it so that he can't get a full paw full of food out and he has to open his paw to get it back out instead of being able to scoop out food. This will frustrate the bear and keep him on the bait longer as well as conserve your bait. It has worked well for me in the past. This way you will also have only one bear at a time able to feed out of your bait and it will usually be the biggest one out of the bunch playing king of the barrel.
Good luck and good choise of bait.

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Hole Size?

HEY I WILL BE HUNTING IN 514 JUST SOUTH OF THE AIR WEAPONS RANGE HAD A BAIT THERE THIS FALL AND JUST NEW AT IT SO COULD NEVER HOOK UP WITH THEM AT THE RIGHT TIME. THE SEASON ONLY OPENS THEN 17 OF APRIL . SO MIGHT START EARLY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS BUT IT'S BEEN COLD HERE IN COLD LAKE THE LAST FEW WEEKS SO HARD TO TELL IF THE BEARS WILL EVEN BE OUT BY THEN.

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