So last year me and my partner tried bear baiting for the first time. We had a lot of fun but did not harvest a bear.
Mostly we were plauged by the over abundence of Brown bears that we have down here on the Kenai Peninsula.
We did have a few small blackies come in to our baits while we were away. Most of the time when the blackies showed up the brownies had already eaten all or almost all of our bait. I did get some good game cam pictures though.
We had a single 55 gallon drum with a 4.5" RTJ ring ( a smooth sided stainless ring used in high pressure pipe flanges)welded in for the bait hole and a lever lock ring and lid with pipe pieces welded on and chained to a single tree.
Well those brownies broke several turnbuckles and even pushed so hard they poped the ring and lid off a couple of times.They always seemed to find a way to get the bait out.
This year we are thinking of going with a similiar setup but using 2-30 gallon drums instead of 1 single 55 gallon.Again we would weld in an RTJ ring in each drum as well as pipe pieces for the chain to go through.
We would ideally like to find a double tree where two trunks form from one stump. Then we would chain both barrels back to back so to speak to these trees. We plan to use ratcheting chain binders like truckers use to secure them to the trees with pipe welded to each drum for the chain to go through.
This would be a lot easier for us to get in and out as well as hopefully working better overall. We may try different baits in each drum.
We also plan to get a different site to try this year.
What are your thoughts on using 2 smaller drums like this? Pros? Cons?
I have thought about the beer keg idea but we don't drink and the drums would probably be easier to acquire.