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Old 04-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the advise guys!!
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:51 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Bear suckers are legal if you use a rope to tie it down. Can't use anything metal if I remember right, but you may want to check the proc.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:51 AM   #23 (permalink)
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The other way to do popcorn is to talk to the movie theaters in your area, they will give you thier old popcorn after hours since they have to throw it away. sure beats popping it all.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:58 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Ok guys, What kind or area should I be baiting in? Like, What should I look for? Should I be up high on down low in the Cedars?
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:06 AM   #25 (permalink)
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#1 Look for tracks. either fresh or areas you have seen them over the years
#2 Water. bears like water and drink a lot of it.
#3 Cover. bears feel more comfortable in cover. I like thick pines.
#4 Elevation. We have baited them from 7000' to 9200'. Personally, I don't think elevation is as much of a concern as the first 3. they will come to your bait if they smell it.
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:48 PM   #26 (permalink)
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First reason I wouldn't use perch is because it's a game fish. Second reason is it will stink. Nothing like sitting next to a blow flie infested stinking mess all day.
Third if you kill a bear you will have to pack that stinking mess out. Fourth think about it if you eat meat it fills you up faster and stays in your gut longer. Do you really want a fed bear? Cake and donuts work great because you can eat a ton of it and your hungry 30 minutes later and come in more.

Bears will eat anything you put out. They may have personal favorites in a pile but when those are gone they will eat what's left until the pile is gone.

Don't let your pile go empty or the bears may move on to another area.

I used a lot of popcorn in my piles because it was light and easy to make. I used to huge pots and cooked it on the stove in my house. Then made the stuff you do popcorn balls with and poured it on and mixed it with a big stick. Probably over kill. Should have just dumped it on the pile.

You seriously can bait bears as easy or as hard as you want. They don't care

As far as areas think 6500 to 7500 ft elevation and riparian zones. Know the prevailing wind directions morning and evening. Use it to your advantage for getting your bait scent out and keeping you from getting winded. Also don't set your stand so your baking in the sun all day or looking I to the sun when your shooting.

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Old 04-25-2017, 11:29 AM   #27 (permalink)
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First reason I wouldn't use perch is because it's a game fish. Second reason is it will stink. Nothing like sitting next to a blow flie infested stinking mess all day.
Third if you kill a bear you will have to pack that stinking mess out. Fourth think about it if you eat meat it fills you up faster and stays in your gut longer. Do you really want a fed bear? Cake and donuts work great because you can eat a ton of it and your hungry 30 minutes later and come in more.

Bears will eat anything you put out. They may have personal favorites in a pile but when those are gone they will eat what's left until the pile is gone.

Don't let your pile go empty or the bears may move on to another area.

I used a lot of popcorn in my piles because it was light and easy to make. I used to huge pots and cooked it on the stove in my house. Then made the stuff you do popcorn balls with and poured it on and mixed it with a big stick. Probably over kill. Should have just dumped it on the pile.

You seriously can bait bears as easy or as hard as you want. They don't care

As far as areas think 6500 to 7500 ft elevation and riparian zones. Know the prevailing wind directions morning and evening. Use it to your advantage for getting your bait scent out and keeping you from getting winded. Also don't set your stand so your baking in the sun all day or looking I to the sun when your shooting.

Last share your hunt good or bad. Nothing worse then a guy who comes on the site for questions ect and doesn't share in return.

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The only thing I don't necessarily agree with is letting your bait pile go empty. I left one pile for over a week without restocking and the bears still came in everyday scratching at the ground and licking the trees.

I guess it all depends on what bait you use. If you are just using dry bait like bread and donuts then it would be more critical to keep it stocked up. In my case we had grease and ice cream we poured over the top which soaked in to the ground. I think that is the main reason I still had bears when my pile of bread ran out.
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I am curious this year to see if having a bear lollipop at my bait sites will help to keep bears active at the site when the bait pile runs out.

We will find out in a few weeks
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:15 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Thats exactly what they are supposed to do. However, I have seen them come in and work a sucker over when there is a bunch of bait a few feet away.
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