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bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

 
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:02 PM
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Re: bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

I'd like to know too!
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:06 PM
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Re: bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

A very successful bear guide in the Greys river drainage told me he turns a nocturnal bear with frozen beaver. It worked while I was with him. He says it's like cocaine for bears and he wires it tight to where they are territorial and won't go far till their desire becomes too great and they show in daylight.

He said he bought them from trappers for $25.00

This was spring and I don't know the chance of finding a beaver this time of year, but might be worth a few calls. I'm sure your local biologist can give you some names.
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Re: bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

My opinion is that BEAR SMELL EVERYTHING and that they detect you in the stand. If they know you're there they will wait until dark before taking the chance at the bait. Do whatever you can to reduce your smell.

Last week I stayed in a baited stand well past dark, I could barely see the sow and cubs as they headed to the bait which was only 20 yds away. I never saw or heard the sow as she approached my ladder stand. When the stand pulled down abruptly from her weight I knew exactly what was happening.

I had sprayed myself, head to toe, with Scent Shield before entering the woods. It was very dark and I hadn't made a sound. I was shocked that the bear still detected me 14" high in the stand.

BEAR SMELL EVERYTHING!
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:45 AM
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Re: bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

Would beaver castor have the same effect?
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:09 AM
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A very successful bear guide in the Greys river drainage told me he turns a nocturnal bear with frozen beaver. It worked while I was with him. He says it's like cocaine for bears and he wires it tight to where they are territorial and won't go far till their desire becomes too great and they show in daylight.

He said he bought them from trappers for $25.00

This was spring and I don't know the chance of finding a beaver this time of year, but might be worth a few calls. I'm sure your local biologist can give you some names.
Great idea, but against the law in Wyoming.

We can use no game animal or parts for baiting.

EDIT >>

looked and looked in regulations, finally called the warden after not see any reference to not using beaver, a furbearer in Wyoming, as a bait.
Turns out we can use them ! Will try them ! Thanks !

thanks though.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:15 AM
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My opinion is that BEAR SMELL EVERYTHING and that they detect you in the stand. If they know you're there they will wait until dark before taking the chance at the bait. Do whatever you can to reduce your smell.

Last week I stayed in a baited stand well past dark, I could barely see the sow and cubs as they headed to the bait which was only 20 yds away. I never saw or heard the sow as she approached my ladder stand. When the stand pulled down abruptly from her weight I knew exactly what was happening.

I had sprayed myself, head to toe, with Scent Shield before entering the woods. It was very dark and I hadn't made a sound. I was shocked that the bear still detected me 14" high in the stand.

BEAR SMELL EVERYTHING!
I have gone the other way the last two years on the advice of a very successful bear hunter in Idaho. I hung a T-shirt that I wore for a couple days in the tree above my bait. The bears always smell me when they come in. I wear same deodorant, shampoo, etc that I did when I wore that T-shirt. They are so used to my smell, they don't care. It is just the same scent that is on the bait.

When he first told me about that, I kinda laughed... But it has worked. Last year, I had bears on the bait 4 to 5 minutes after I baited and got sat down.

He has a better bear density over there, giving him better competition for the food and hasn't had night bears only. So, he has kinda given the same advice as you guys and cut back food and times of baiting.

Give the T-shirt trick a try... it works and saves lots of money on the Scent away systems !
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:05 PM
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Re: bear baiting... night time eaters ? tips ?

When we tried the t shirt thing on baits that had been getting hit no bait ever got hit again. After stopping that we went to a system of using portable tree stands and hunting as far down wind of the bait as possible still being able to see the bait. The last time we got drawn almost everyone in our group got a bear over 275 lbs using this system. The guys I know who sit right on top of their baits have never even seen a bear over 200 lbs. I think a lot of the older bears know to go down wind and check out the bait before they come in.
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