We are going to set up a new moose hunting area this year in the Tanana flats. It's a bit of a boat ride from Fairbanks, but it gets us well away from the crowds. We plan to set up this area to hunt for many years, so I'd like to set up a bait station and try to do my part to keep predation down and moose numbers up in there.
From past experience, when is the optimal time to set up a bait on the Northern end of 20A? When do the sloughs and creeks shed their ice to allow for boat travel? When do bears typically start showing up at the baits?
Also, do the bears in this area fancy a certain feast for bait? I'm thinking of going the popcorn route due to cost, but I might toss in a few other goodies. Do scent burns work out there? And finally, are the bears spooked easily out there as far as noise and scent control goes?
I know it's a lot of questions, but I'm trying to get started on the right foot this spring. Thanks in advance!