I did some searching but wasn' t able to find any info on attracting night bears durring the day so i appologize ahead of time if i missed it. This is my first year bear hunting and i am located in north central MN. I am an archer. I started baiting 2 weeks before opener and have been using a mix of my own. It consists of 2 parts corn, 1 part molasses, 1 part dog food, and 1 part sunflower seeds. I put that in a five gallon bucket and tide the bucket to a tree in 4 different places that looked promising. Then i took fryer grease and pured all over teh bucket and in the food and on trees, teh bears eat teh trees btw. I also use anise oil and more liquid molasses as attractent. I also put about 150lbs worht of weight on the bucket so i would know its a bear. And on several occasions we have found scat in different directions of teh bait and claw marks 40ft in up trees and stuff. So we thin multiple bears are hitting every station.
Within days every station was being hit on a daily basis. I was able to refill every station almost everday, every other day on a few occassions. I was so pumped to hunt opener. I took 5 days off work with a friend of mine and we hit it hard opening morning. We hunted for 2 days in one stand and saw nothing durring teh day but every night my station was being emptied. So we moved to another station. That night a nice 180-220 bear came in and gave me a perfect broadside shot. To my horror at release i heard the dreadid sound of bone. I put my arrow right in his shoulder blade, we have teh entire encounter on film. I searched for my bear for nearly 10 hours but lost his trail deep in a swamp and gave up. Even with all my searching and scent and noise taht same night that station was hit and emptied. However in 5 days of hunting that was the only bear we saw durring shooting hours, i have no cameras by the way. CAn't afford them. My baiting locations are in the perfect places, near large dark swamps and the stations are surrounded by the thicket nastiest stuff imaginable.
My questions are:
Am i feeding these bears enough?
How can i attratct bears durring teh day if they are already nocturnal?
I am in hundreds of acres of private land and its been in the high 70's low 80's durring the day. Should i just wait until later in season when it cools down?
And should i move my station even though it was hit taht same night? maybe taht was teh only day bear in taht area? Or will bears travel a long way.
thanks for any info and i'll post some pics from teh video soon as i can of my failed attempt at killing a bear. We recovered both my arrow and my broadhead so i am almost 100% sure the bear will survive as long as he doesn't get infected. /pray