This is the second year that my dad, brother and myself will be baiting for bears. Last year between 2 bait sites in a 2 week period we used about 2000 lbs of donuts. This year we have 3 bait site and have planned to use about 3100 lbs of donuts and 5 gallons of honey. The question i have is the following. Are we using too much bait? Is there any such thing as baiting too much? We also did a honey burn every day. So we went through about 3 gallons over the season. Let me give you a little back ground of what happened last year. If this helps we were the only ones around that had donuts for bait.
Bait site #1 had a 55 gallon drum filled on monday along with about 300lbs dumped on the gound it was gone on thursday. We would fill the drum ever night and dump about 100 - 200 lbs on the ground evey night after this and it would be almost all gone the next morning. I saw bears every night as this site one night i had 4 baers at the bait at one time. We only have to walk about 20 yards from my truck to bait this site.
Bait site #2 had 300 lbs dumped on monday it was all gone on thurday and we dumped about 100 lbs each day and it was alomst all gone each morning. The bears at this site were eating the bait at night and during the day after we baited in the morning and before we got in the stand in the afternoon. We only have to walk about 50 yards fro mthe truck to bait this site.
We tried to use fish but all they did was bury it. I am hoping that some of you other bear hunter could give us a few tips.
Whats the deal with baiting? ###can you legally bait bears, as long as you don't hunt with in 200 feet of the bait?
### ### Unlike California, many states allow baiting as a method of take for black bear. ###They are allowed to set up bait stations and tree stands within close proximity. ###In our state, it would not be politically correct to do so. ###
### ### You are not allowed to place bait out with the intention of attracting animals nor are you allowed to hunt within 400 yards (I think) of a known bait. ###Taking advantage of crop aftermath is still allowed to the best of my knowledge.
Yes here in New Hampshire we are allowed to place bait for black bear and then place a tree stand right on the bait to hunt for them. My tree stand is only 15 yards from the bait. SO all that you have to do is wiat fo the bear to come in eat the bait and bam you shoot it. SOme itme you will have 4 or so bear at you bait at one time.