I am looking to try my first spring bear hunt and first ever attempt at baiting. Does anyone have any wisdom or advice they quips be willing to share...aside from keeping my bait site clean and tidy.
Find someone who is trapping in your area and see if you can get a beaver carcass, they work great.Take the carcass, wrap it in some heavy chicken wire, something a bear won't rip or tear easily, and wrap it so they cant get ahold of the beaver, then get a ratchet strap and ratchet strap it to tree really tight above your bait barrel.I also buy anise seed from the dollar store, blend it together with vegetable oil put it in a plastic bottle and hang them around my stand.Cut small holes in the bottles so the aroma can escape but keeps the water out.Make a small hole in the cover put a string through and they are ready to hang, and its cheaper then the commercial products and work as well.you can make lots cause they usually rip them down and take off with them...lol....or they are recycling...lol.....good luck.What would be a good bait?
ya I've had my best success getting bears to the bait site using fish, once the maggots start on it and gets real stinky gets the bears in from all aroundFish makes a great stink bait,my personal fave is lobster shells.....so that said,treat yourself to big lobster feed and you are in biz,best deals are on the wharf,esp if you have a lobsterman buddy.
Alternatively,a seafood restaurant might be a cheap(free) source.Could also ask lobster buyers for morts?Pretty much any fish hung in burlap sacks will draw bears to your site,and fortunately,lotsa cheap sources in Spring,herring/mackerel lobster bait,gaspereau and shad netting is in season etc....ya don't need much for one bait site,ie;1/2 dozen shad or equivalent gaspereau/8-10 juicy drippy lobster bodies etc.