I am new to bear hunting. I am baiting and plan on using rifle. I have set my stand up at 50 yds? Any thoughts on distance for rifle? My seconds question is judging bears. I have read and heard about the 400 lb bear turning into a 200 lb bear once down. I have attached some pics of the bigger bears I am getting in. One I think is pretty good. The other one has a tall back but is "skinny". Thoughts on size. FYI - Trees are marked at 36 inches.(Marks in back are "lower" due to terrain - but all measured at 36.) Last but not least - bait quantity - I am putting out 5-6 gallons a day in morning. It is bone dry by next morning. Any thoughts on quantity?
Thanks in advance and good luck to all.