Got the stand out 2 weeks ago. On the second day, 3 sets of fresh bear tracks within 300 yards. Two brownies and a blackie. Nothing closer than that to the set. Then, on last Friday, went out and found a huge brownie track within 50 yards of the bait, but he didn't go in to the site. I expect they will start hitting it any day now. I'm going to have my son sit up in the stand with his nerf gun to scare the brownies off the bait! Probably not legal, but I'll check the regs before I do it. The stand ended up being 28 yards from the bait. Closer than I originally thought, but given the area I picked, it was the best location.
Is this common for bears to check it from a distance for awhile before going into the bait? I don't think anyone has baited in this area for a lot of years, so I'm guessing the bears are not used to associating baiting smells with food, like they would in area's where there is a lot of stands.