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    Default Bear baiting 2018!

    Man itís getting closer!! Beginning my prep for the spring baiting season. Iím working up my Bait Em 907 order, ordering a new blind after the bears played with my last one, revamping my bait barrels cause Iím sick of dog food pouring out on the ground, and buying a drive way alarm. Things went awesome last year, but Iím changing a few things up.
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    I have been using a smaller (35 gallon???) plastic barrel with a removable lid for several years now. There are only 2 - 3/4 dia. holes in the bottom for the food to come out of. So the bear has to lay there and play with it to get the food out. When I go in I just remove the lid and 50 pounds of food fits inside. I hang it on a tree about 2 feet up with a chain around a tree step to keep it up there. First trip in, I duct tape the holes, pour the food in and take everything in at once.

    Last year I popped a barrel full of popcorn and sprinkled jelly doughnut syrup on the stuff as it cooled in a 5 gallon bucket. The trail cam says that the bears cleaned it out in under 24 hours the first day I put it in. THAT was fast. Usually it takes 7-10 days for the bears to find the bait.

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    I had 150lbs of dog food eater in two days last year. So I run the big barrels, the grizzly donít seem to pattern and some only showed up once from what I could tell. Iím going to put a plate in at a angle in the barrel to turn it into a giant bird feeder so they have to continue to pull food out. I have a couple smaller poly drums but I donít wanna have to refill that often. Not really any black bears were I am.
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    Very excited here! Been collecting bait and storing in preparation! Only downfall is had to give us my established sites since w moved interior this summer, so trying to pin down my new locations😀

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    I'm jet boat shopping, going to make a purchase in the coming months just waiting for the right deal. Last year I ran bait at my buddies old site, wasn't used for years so this year action will pick up. I'm going to set a second site a bit farther up river from there as long as water levels work out. Last season I missed what seemed to be the prime season while up at work had a big blackie and couple nice browns hitting than. Literally the day after setting bait had a nice brown come in. This year i'm going to be here in the 'prime' time, mid may to early June. Also need to get my Bait Em order in, last year I was VERY impressed with the burn formula. Was really the ticket to getting couple hung up bears coming in and getting one of them. Spring can't come soon enough...

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    Iím also adding a jet boat. I think Iíve got mine nailed down, just have to order it.
    Iím gonna put in a few prospecting baits and see if I can find some bears for the kids to shoot at as well.
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    Heading in tonight to set up and let it soak a few weeks.
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    I headed in to set baits. Arrived and unloaded sleds and bait. Tub with permits/sat phone/trail cameras was gone. Saw it when I got gas. Either it jumped outa the bed of the truck or at 1am it was to tempting while I ran in for snacks at the gas station and got snatched. No ransom demands yet!
    12 hours of driving. Got nothing done except loose money! Typical bear baiting lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    I headed in to set baits. Arrived and unloaded sleds and bait. Tub with permits/sat phone/trail cameras was gone. Saw it when I got gas. Either it jumped outa the bed of the truck or at 1am it was to tempting while I ran in for snacks at the gas station and got snatched. No ransom demands yet!
    12 hours of driving. Got nothing done except loose money! Typical bear baiting lol
    Check the gas station cams?!? Thatís not a light load to lose! In any sense.


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    Anyone have any action yet?

    Still lots of snow across the state, but have been seeing and hearing of bear activity now!


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    Set up 2 weeks ago and no action yet. Wonít be able to check for another week now so hopefully by then it starts to pick up.

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    Iím ups bit in elevation. Waslocked in winter yesterday. No sign of any melting yet. Iíll check them again in three weeks or so. May 28 last year I think.
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    Finally have at least one bear hitting 1/2 of my stations...I would post pictures but...someone forgot to turn the camera back on. Ha


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    I have a nice one hitting in 7 hopefully we will get him saturday patterning him right now each night have some grizzlies hitting but he doesn't seem afraid of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbear View Post
    I have a nice one hitting in 7 hopefully we will get him saturday patterning him right now each night have some grizzlies hitting but he doesn't seem afraid of them.
    Thatís a shooter for sure!!


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    Hog! ^^
    Haven't got my bait out not for another week cause of work shift changes....better late than never but kinda sucks huh. FYI to those in unit 16, new regs starting July 1, 2 brown bear limit increase BUT season is shortened to Aug. 10 to Jun. 15. Not a fan of that at all makes no sense if they want grizz population cut down...was getting lots of grizz activity in late June. So be aware if you plan to bait into July like I was planning on, have to wait til Aug. 10 now! You can still take brown bear til June 30 as current regs will still be in effect(no closed season).

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    I've got a few on mine now but it's slower than in the past. We seem about a week later than last year.Attachment 95997Attachment 95998

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasterak View Post
    Hog! ^^
    Haven't got my bait out not for another week cause of work shift changes....better late than never but kinda sucks huh. FYI to those in unit 16, new regs starting July 1, 2 brown bear limit increase BUT season is shortened to Aug. 10 to Jun. 15. Not a fan of that at all makes no sense if they want grizz population cut down...was getting lots of grizz activity in late June. So be aware if you plan to bait into July like I was planning on, have to wait til Aug. 10 now! You can still take brown bear til June 30 as current regs will still be in effect(no closed season).
    I think they might be trying to find the balance point on their predator control.

    My baits havenít been hit yet. But all have been checked out by bears in the last two days. Things do seem later this year but lates better than never!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blasterak View Post
    Hog! ^^
    Haven't got my bait out not for another week cause of work shift changes....better late than never but kinda sucks huh. FYI to those in unit 16, new regs starting July 1, 2 brown bear limit increase BUT season is shortened to Aug. 10 to Jun. 15. Not a fan of that at all makes no sense if they want grizz population cut down...was getting lots of grizz activity in late June. So be aware if you plan to bait into July like I was planning on, have to wait til Aug. 10 now! You can still take brown bear til June 30 as current regs will still be in effect(no closed season).


    How soon we all forgetÖ. Up until the new regulatory yr tookeffect in July 2011. The brown bear season prior to that shut down in unit 16Aand 16B in June. Only one area in 16B stayed opened for brn bear yr round andthat as the predator control area between the north bank of the MacArthur Riverand the South Bank of the Beluga River. Man truck load of bears over in that area back in 2011, oneday will make it back over there.




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