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Old 04-02-2012, 01:00 PM
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Want some input on baiting

I am starting from scratch basically here. I aquired an allegedly good bait site this morning so I want to hear what works for you guys from what to look for in selecting a place for the barrel and how to set the barrel up. along with baits and attractants. I have a brand new heavy duty plastic 55 gallon drum. I plan on filling it with dog food, grain, old donuts, and break and as much sweet stuff as I can find. I know some people pour vanilla or maple frosting in their baid and use for scent sticks. Mainly I am wondering the best way to position a barrel and cut it so that your bait lasts as long as possible before refills but still keeps the bears interest. Any advice is welcomed.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:05 PM
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Re: Want some input on baiting

I have heard Bacon grease works well on a tree stump. But I am far from an expert. It is not legal here or I would be a Master Baiter.

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Old 04-02-2012, 01:07 PM
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haha thanks Jeff
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Re: Want some input on baiting

My family owned a restaurant a few many years ago and we would store the old deep fry grease in 55 gallon drums until a guy would come empty them. One night my dad was taking some boxes out to the dumpster when he saw a 400+ bear taking the lid off one of the drums. The bear paid him no attention as he was lathering himself in the grease and lapping it up. The bear was a frequent customer to the restaurant! It was like crack for bears. If you have a friend who as a restaurant, try to get ahold of their old grease.
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Re: Want some input on baiting

I get old doughnuts and bread from thrift stores. They love doughnuts or anything sweet for that matter. It works good to pour syrup or bacon grease on the bread. You can buy gallons of syrup fairly reasonable. Years ago we actually used dog food and syrup.

I use a metal barrel. They can wreak havoc on plastic if they are a big bear and you get to clean it up afterwards.

If your using a rifle I like to be 100-125yds away to keep the scent away from the area the best I can. I usually put the bait on one side of a draw and sit on the other. Try not to put it in an area that is too open or they tend to come into it really late. Most of the bears I've seen on bait come in between 5:30 and 7pm.
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Re: Want some input on baiting

fryer grease is good but don't mix it with pastries and grain, it will go bad and make it rancid then the grain and pastries aren't worth much.

The best reason to use fryer grease is as an attractant, slob it around on the ground and the outside of the drum. The bear will get it in his paws and leave scent trails for others to follow.
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Re: Want some input on baiting

I never used a barrel we always just manipulated naturals. We used almost everything for bait, if you feed them very long they end up tasting like what they been eating...so use the better grade dog food LOL. Seriously we had free fish one year, could barely pull hides without gagging. My partners salmon eating grizzly still oozes fish oil from a skull boiled and bleached 5 years ago. The oils can be helpful in keeping them at the site. Poured out like a mineral lick and they'll dig it out like one. Pour it over sticks and they'll eat the sticks. Mix it up. Depending on your regs, an old horse that leads will keep them busy for a while. Just wire it up so they can't move it. A good crop of maggots keeps regenerating also.
Location is much more important than bait type, a big bear is tough to pull from naturals so stay closer to the feed. Spring they're traveling, rutting, and may disappear for the length of the season. Big bear don't like direct light. Start with a good map, pick up your creeks, these are travel routes, I prefer the darker side of the mountain, and overcast a bit helps as well. Find the thickest timber you can, and now you've got food, water, shelter from the sun, and cover. If you can find a finger into an open spot (open meaning exposed to light short brush won't hurt) they are much less likely to come in behind you and cut your trail.
Position logs, and stumps behind the bait so they have to come around front to feed. With a little experience-observation you can position them for an ideal bow shot. Look at your kitchen table and your approach, if there is a wall side you don't use it much, if there's a chair that fits better you use it. Can you see the TV stuff like that.
If you tree stand-camo tarp etc. behind you so you don't skyline, if your rifle hunting don't cut a shooting lane wider than you need, try to combine it with your access to the bait. I always groom these so I can come in and out in the dark without making noise.
Take a yard rake etc, I've known to rake a quarter mile path. Just wide enough to walk is all you need.
Stay on stand until full dark. The last few minutes is always best (it's why we have no pictures of our best bears). Coyote in and out. If you need to add bait, late morning or midday.
Mind your topknot Pilgrim, Yellowstone isn't that far, and some old Grizzly tired of laying awake listening to wolf howls may go walkabout. But that's a whole 'nother chapter. I'll send you some pictures if one of the kid's stops by for some technical help, Good Luck
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