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Location: Central Ohio
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I'm new to this forum and black bear hunting..tried it last year but didn't fill my tag. I have two spots in Northern Ontario I can hunt, both within 45 minutes of my camp. One is a barley field, the farmer says he sees a "big bear" almost daily in the field. No baits put out here, just sit in a ground blind and wait. Last year I waited four full days before I saw anything (sow with cubs). The other spot is another farm/sugarbush, where there are four baits out, reportedly being hit hard, but also being hunted for two weeks prior to my arrival by about 5 other guys. I am hunting on my own, and have 9 1/2 days to hunt plus 1 solid day of travel each way. So...what would you do?

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Welcome to the site. I didn't even know Ohio had bears? Unless you can find more areas your stuck and I think I'd chose the first or would find a place where the bears are entering and leaving the second place and just wait them out. As the years march on, I'm getting much better at sitting still! Thumbs up

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Location: Central Ohio
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Not many bears in Ohio, estimated at about 50 statewide. Thats why I am driving north 11 hours. Lots of big whitetail here, some decent wing shooting for doves and waterfowl, even a pheasant or two now and then.

Thanks for the welcome and the advice. This seems to be one of the friendliest hunting forums I have found so far! The farmer also has another field down the road that he apparently saw 9 bears in at once. Probably sows with cubs? He didn't specify.

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I'd do some checking and see which way the winds are usually blowing fist. Then I would try to find out in general terms, the other types of bail being used in the area, and avoid anything similar For example, if animal carcasses are common, I would use something very sweet like Jello Powder, in a spot where the breeze will drift it into a very busy active area(doesn't matter if others are in the area or not.)
lol A little dessert after a Big Meal maybe lol

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Blackdog 152, Welcome. I would go directly to the spot where bears have been hitting the baits "hard". Don't worry about the other guys ahead of your hunt. I sat on a bait that an out-of-state guide hunted for 5 days consecutively, he never saw a thing. He heard a bear circling each evening but never saw it. I sat "painfully" still in the same stand one evening and had one bear come in just before dark. Biggest bear I have ever seen in the wild. Get in your stand / blind as early as you can handle it Between noon and 3:00, get comfortable and don't move. The later it gets without seeing a bear, the better the chance there is a big boar waiting close by to get at the bait. Last minutes of legal shooting time are priceless. Let us know how you do. Good luck!

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Location: ontario
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Is your outfitter not baiting for you on a regular basis? Thats about the only sure way of having baits hitting regularly, especially at this time of year when berry crops are just about done and bears are really looking for additional food.

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Location: Central Ohio
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I am not hunting with an outfitter, as I am fortunate enough to be a nonresident landowner. this hunt will be totally self guided, except I do have friends that are baiting regularily, but also hunting those baits prior to my arrival. I was also fortunate enough to locate the farmer with the nuisance bear problem in his barley.

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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In your situation, I would hunt the barley field. Keeps good relations with the landowner and if you sit long enough, you should see a shooter bear.

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I'd contact the landowner regularly and ask where he see's the bear and what time of day it is. If the bear is comeing and going from the same area around the same time you have him patterned for your arrival. Keep the wind in mind and get as close as you can with your chosen weapon to that area. And as they said before sit like a stone.
I'm like you and ain't been lucky yet. I've been after it 6 years now. But I've learned so much in regards to bear from reading posts on the many forums I regular. Good luck to ya.

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Location: ontario
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Not sure if I understand but as long as you own the specific properties you're hunting on, you're good to go. If not, you can't hunt them even with a farmers permission.
Now, to the important part. If the barley crops are ripening, then the bears will be attracted to them. If not, the bears will be in the neighborhood and will have to be drawn to alternate baits. I'd suggest any meat baits placed in a secluded, quiet, cool area. Since you have other guys hunting ahead of you, have them do some baiting for you.

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Since I live and hunt bear in northern ontario I have a few good tips for yea.
I've never blind hunted bears but Im sure its almost the same you still have a whole field of bait its about that time that the barley atleast some of it is ripe and the bears will be feeding on it, you just never know when. So try out what hammer said bring a couple little pleasers with you he said jello powder which Ive used and it does work up here they prefer raspberry. I would also try out some caramel or chocolate syrop I also use this every year and it works amazingly well bears love it big or small they'll come for it. Last but not least one of the best methods going "calls" get yourself a good predator call or bear call and try some call every 10 mins if they're around and hungry they'll come to check it out and you'll have em in your sights. If you have areas with good thick bush around the fields your hunting you might wanna set you stand close to them or even in them so you can still see the field but you can also see in the bush too.I dont know if you knew this either this year in ontario the weather has killed off all of our berries well most of them anyway so the bears have had it ruff this year in that regard so they'll be looking for any free meal they can find.Our weather is getting quite cold here in the nights also lately so bring some warm clothes for sitting out there after supper.