I have been looking at this site and decided to join in. A lot of you seem to have some good ideas, experience and information. I have a problem and am looking to see what any one of you might do in the same set of circumstances. This all has to do with bear baiting, my favorite spring pasttime.
1) My son and his friend put out bear baits right at the start of season. I won't go into all the details, but in hindsight should maybe have said no. (snow mobiles, open water, thin ice). Once the ice cleared, we started running the boat to the baits. The sites used are ones I have used for 18 odd years. On reaching site #1 for the 3rd time by boat, I noticed tracks in the mud. Following them I found a bait site. It was about 125 yards from ours. We try like heck not to leave tracks, so believe they did not know we were already there. So, a traditional site, already baited (legally) and some guys move in. On top of that, they had food items laid on the ground still in wrappers, raw meat chunks w/bones (caribou?), food/grease on the moss, and no bait permit anywhere. The ball is in your court, what would you do?
2) Bait site #2 has been in use the same length of time as #1 and was baited the same time this year. Coming around the corner we see a boat and guy parked 2 bends above #2. We continue on, and several hours later come back. We check his site. Looks to be used for a couple years and is approx. 250 to 400 yards from mine. By luck we never saw each other before. It is obvious we are baiting the same bear. Again, don't think there is any way he knew we were there. At this site there is more garbage. (Dog food bags torn up, feed bags, herring packages, and some other stuff.) No current bait permit exists, just an old one from 2006. Your turn to bat.
3) I am always watching the river bank. Sometimes I find where people bait. If I go look, I never, I mean never, mess with their stuff. On top of the 2 sites already mentioned, I found 3 other sites this year. Two of those have garbage, and all 3 do not have permits up. None of the sites directly affect any location I bait now or in the past. Feedback?
I look forward to hearing what you folks have to say. Thanks, and safe hunting.