At one of my bait stations, I have a bear getting into the habit of climbing into my stand. I haven't been there to see this happen, but when I go replenish bait, the door to my stand is on the ground, there are fresh claw marks and hair in the stand, and my bait station permit has been torn down and stashed in the trees. I really don't want to deal with this guy climbing while I'm in the stand. I've been somewhat led to believe that this bear is younger, although I have no proof of this.
I have hunted bear for a good number of years, and while I have had bears climb into my stand now and again, I haven't had a bear that climbs the stand every time I'm away. How would I discourage this? Hanging a shirt or article of clothing would do no good, in the past I've done this to get bears used to my scent. Spraying pepper spray around the tree wouldn't work, nor would wrapping the tree in some kind of metal. Maybe I'll just have to resort to scaring him off when he tries coming on the platform with me. Hmm, anyways I would like some ideas. Thanks guys.