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Unread 06-03-2011, 08:52 PM
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Re: What do you use for bait

You are correct there are some in idaho but not where i hunt I not heard of anythere all my life.
They are east of my hunting grounds in on the west side of the state at the top of hells cayon
Never thought about taking a horse in and leaving it
I think idaho law says it has to be skinned
interesting idea
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    Unread 06-03-2011, 09:36 PM
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    Re: What do you use for bait

    I don't know what's left of the spring bear season there, but looking towards fall with a little luck there will be a wolf season. I don't know what the situation is where you are, but friends farther north are showing me trail cam pics of wolves on their bear baits. Hopefully, bait will be part of legal wolf hunts.
    We used to set up a close stand for archery or rifle, but if you can find the right place-with a little pruning you can make a longer range window. If the quotas, rules, and seasons are liberal enough we might have to see if what we learned bear baiting has any application to wolf hunting.
    good luck
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    Unread 06-04-2011, 12:10 AM
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    I used to go to AK too archery hunt. We collected pastry from Eddys bread. All had to be unwraped, twinkeys,pies,brownies,zebra cakes, you name it. Then trash compact it, about a 45# load on pack frame. Ran a "stink barrel'' beaver , halibut anything dead, 55 gal drum kept going.... for years. Some guys about puked loading a gal. milk jug, poured at bait or way in or on a good tree too catch wind. Switched to commercial smoke scent, put in a spray bottle and spray EVERYTHING, boots ,trees, you get the idea. We took ALOT of big bears, 18 1/2 to the best that I remember 21 3/4, nose looked like a brick, many 20+
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    Unread 06-04-2011, 06:24 AM
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    Re: What do you use for bait

    According to fish and game there is one good sized wolf pack in the area I am hunting in
    I have seen two in the last 5 or 6 years we saw lots of tracks last year but that was a differant unit and a ways away
    I dont think they will make baiting legal but sounds like you will be able to use electionic calls, well see shat they do
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    Unread 06-04-2011, 08:39 AM
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    Re: What do you use for bait

    I have had really good luck over the years using Laffy Taffy. I take my MSR backpacking stove and a small tin soup can with me when I backpack into an area. Place the laffy taffy into the can and place it on the stove on med heat. It takes about 20 minutes but eventually the taffy begins to smoke. It is a white sweet smelling smoke that drifts for miles. The bears can't seem to resist it. It makes for a lightweight way to bait in bears.
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    Unread 01-30-2012, 05:58 AM
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    Re: What do you use for bait

    (Wrong area)
    Capt Rick Hiott
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    Unread 02-01-2012, 07:54 PM
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    hello, I'm not a expert on bear but this happened to me.I hunted for giant black bear in Newfoundland Canada last June.The outfitter& his guide were exprets at bear baiting as I saw vbear each day& shot two.They start baiting in early spring(AprilL. Soon as they come out theiris something to eat on baits tey put out so bears don't have to wonder looking for food.They stay so when season opens hunters get to see bruins.Later as the "RUT: starts bears start to move so if females are at bait sites you"ll see more boars come by.They use anything edible,foodscapes,fat from donut stores,fish rotten meat,varmints,moose bones from last season etc. Then each time every day a few loaves of stale bread went into the bait drums at each active stannd.Now came the SLAMING of the drum lid.That is lke the dinner bell!Within 45min. started seein bears!! Amazing but true!! I went out early mourning afternoon, and evening.Full moon week, but the bears keed on the noise of the drum slam& fired gun shots as anoter fellow shot 2 boars within 20minutes of each other.Gun shots mean gutpilesor dead animals just like the do in Alaska when hunters shoot deer on Kodiak Island and have bears raid ther kill. My guide suggested to shoot my gun after he left but I wa using a muzzelloader so I decided not to. The drumcover slaming was enough. I'm convinced this works so bait choice is secondary unless someone else is hunting close. Dskiper
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