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Old 05-30-2011, 04:49 PM
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What do you use for bait

OK what do you guys use for bear bait?
I use dog food all the apples and peaches i can get (free or really cheap) seconds mostly.
I use some boarmasters sour apple to treat the dog food.
I also poor resturant grease around the site so they get it on their paws and track it around leaving a sent trail back to the site.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:05 PM
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Re: What do you use for bait

I hunt BB over bait sometimes. I really like stalking better though. The guides I've been with have used a lot of different stuff such as dinner leftovers, whatever they were, like spaghetti, toast, beans...

Also, lots of cookies, chocolate syrup, donuts and other expired pastries, grease covered popcorn, sugarbeats.

Surprisingly, I never saw many bears go for meat in the spring hunts, not even fat. They always went for the sweet stuff. This is in Maine, New Brunswick, and Alberta.

The best bait out there is beaver carcass.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:05 PM
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Re: What do you use for bait

I prefer my main course to be molasses mixed horse feed it doesn't tend to wash away in rain like some other baits do. It smells great and drives the bears nuts when they find it. Cooking grease is cheap and effective, but it's hard to clean out of your area and tends to attract grizzlies.

For attractant I like to use some sort of sweet smelling scent ball. Anise works great and you can always burn some bear crack. You'll want the bait site to smell sweet for a good distance around the site. If you do this in a densely populated bear area you'll have bears in a hurry.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:01 PM
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I was thinking about trying somekind of grain feed with molasass this year to fill in the dog food. I have used bear crack a few times allways had bear in the site but can not really say it was the crack that brought them in.
We dont have any grizzly to worry about here in idaho so im fine there.
Also looking like I have a line on out of date bake goods this year as well.
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One of my friends in Wawa Ontario, cut a 55galln drum 1/3 shorter at the length, lets it set on concrete blocks, builds a good fire with about half full of water, (boiling) adds a few bags of corn buys around 5 gallons of corn syrup and he adds lots of suger till it gets thick like taffie if he can get oats he adds other grains if he can find them, to realy shicken it up real tight he gets some hey from his neighbor ( the fluff)
just breaks the powdery stuff.and it helps to make it real thick, but the corn boils for no less than an 2 hrs.he uses a box he made from wood and dumps around 5 gallons, of the mix and lets it cool and its a sweet treat for the Bear, Deer and the Moose hit it but not as much as the Deer and Bear. (he also keeps giving the mix water for the next 3 hrs just to let the corn absorb the sweet and softens it.

some use twinkies and every kind of junk food they can get. it works great, Bears are suckers with a sweet tooth.
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I was thinking about trying somekind of grain feed with molasass this year to fill in the dog food. I have used bear crack a few times allways had bear in the site but can not really say it was the crack that brought them in.
We dont have any grizzly to worry about here in idaho so im fine there.
Also looking like I have a line on out of date bake goods this year as well.
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Idaho has grizzlies, fewer to none in some places, but they get shot now and then where they don't exist.
When it was still legal here in Washington, we used about everything-cheap is good, but they are what they eat. Example we got access to fish parts, and the bear off those were not edible. We lucked into a large bin of golden delicious apples (fall), sugar just oozing out of them much better bear to eat. Dog food works, but the grain feed with molasess would be my choice. If you have more than one hunter out (especially fall) bear fat from another kill really gets a response. Especially if there is a big dominant bear coming in. I don't know if it's legal in Idaho, as it's a game animal I suspect not.
Horses prices are down-feed prices are up, and one that'll lead to the bait site beats packing it. Just wire it to something they can't drag.
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