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    Default Pre April 15th bait checklist(s)

    Figured with the influx of new baiters visiting I would toss up some of my "Go To" items for the bait barrel..

    #1 Liquid Smoke (this stuff is great for quick scent and seems to work well up here) I buy several gallons for the season on Amazon (it usually fly's off the shelf in town but sometimes can be found at 3 bears)

    #2 Popcorn (lots, if you have access to a few poppers just bungee them around a 55gal trash can and pop away) This is a great filler and its much easier than dragging several 50lb bags of dog food. I coat mine with strawberry Kool-aid just after its popped.

    #3 Scent Attractant (several companies to choose from I usually find myself reaching for the stuff made by a Wasilla based company) Anise, Bacon, Maple or Honey are great combos as well as blueberry. A quick google search will show up several companies that make it.

    #4 The winter's supply of bacon grease that we save (as well as other scraps) I usually toss them in a 2 - 5 gal bucket and hang around 12-15ft up with small holes drilled in the bottom of the bucket

    #5 Dog Food (self explanatory)

    #6 Pastries / Bread (also great fillers but remember not to just use these as other stations in your area may offer the bears a better variety of tasty treats).

    #7 homemade lollipop in a metal 5 gal bucket or even a paint can (google how to do this its quite simple and works well). we usually toss a heavy chain in the can with about 3-4ft of excess chain outside to allow easier access to securing it to a tree etc.

    #8 Peanut butter (another excellent option to keep bears on station longer) I have seen several tricks ranging from filling a used tire tied on a tree to just using the plastic containers stuck over a cut sapling..

    #9 Molasses (great topper, just beware that if you dump it all over the tree's base 90% of the time the bears will tare it up so bad that the tree may die).

    These are a few of the go-to items for me (I am leaving out a few of my more potent go-to items as we all have our secrets).

    Best of luck everyone and hope to see some great reports this year!

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    That's a great list for newbies. I've never heard of using liquid smoke. Hmmm. Interesting.
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    Great read, I use to bear bait in the interior but haven't done so for a long time. This thread has me thinking about getting back into the game..

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    I'm glad you mentioned anise oil. I remember coming in to the bait on the wheeler once and even we could smell that stuff a few hundred yards off......
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    Also a handy trick to do is take one of those travel soap containers (plastic) place a sponge inside (standard yellow works fine) drill a few holes near the top (1/2inch from the top) about 1inch holes work well for the plastic 3 holes on each side and one at the top. run a string through the top hole (top hole should be about 1 inch in diameter as well) place the sponge inside then RTV silicon the case closed. Mix pure anise oil and vegetable glycerine in a plastic bottle (2-3 1oz bottles of anise works well) then fill the container so that the sponge soakes up the liquid. Hang from a tree (out of reach of bears.) and now you have a long lasting refillable scent lure that can be reused for the duration of the season.

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    homemade lollipops in a 5 gallon bucket.....? I cant seem to find anything on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1a9c8k5 View Post
    homemade lollipops in a 5 gallon bucket.....? I cant seem to find anything on this.
    http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1197261

    here ya go

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    I've got a popcorn making party planned with my partner for when I'm back from work. Going to try and make up a seasons worth, we'll see how it works out since I'm assuming there will be a few beverages involved to smooth things along. I like the idea of that lollipop; I've been trying to think of things to keep them interested when we have spells we can't bait for a few days or a week in between. I'll have to try it out.
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    Default Apples

    I used apples, worked great to bring them in to the bait. Took a bag of apples and sliced them into quarters as you would for a kid, placed them back into the bag and poured heavy cinnamon and brown sugar into the bag and mixed it up, let the bag sit a room temp for a day then take to your bait. If I learned anything from watching yogi, a bear can't resist that apple pie smell!

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