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    Default Legal shooting Hours & Bear Baiting?

    I have realized that Alaska could be considered and exception in some cases but, I haven't been able to find any were in the regs that says what legal shooting hours are. I thought of this question Caribou hunting last year in August. Typically you figure 30 mins before and 30 mins after sunrise/sunset.
    One other question when bear baiting which I am going to gear up and do this spring. Any one have in general the hours their bait sights seem to be more active than others? Guessing Dusk and Dawn?

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    Dusk and dawn for shure. I am not looking at the reg book now but I think that as long as you are using natural light you are O.K. which I take to mean that however dark it is that you have the kahonies to walk into your bait site you can let 'er rip.

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    Well in bear baiting season it is light 17 hour a day... You just can't use an artificial light while hunting.
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    I stay in the tree all night. Tie myself to the tree trunk to avoid falling out.

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    I had more bears in my bait stand at mid day last year than any other time. 9 am to 2 pm seemed like the most active time.

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    No shooting hour restrictions, just as long as you can see well enough to shoot. No artificial lights; When I hunt evenings the bear usually come in late, within an hour or less of full dark. It varies a lot according to area though. Bears are very much individuals!

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    Oh, the beauty of dropping a bear right before dark, is that you get to track it in the near dark, skin and quarter it in full dark, then drag it back through tight windy bear trails through the alders IN THE DARK!

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    Yes nothing better than being escorted out of your bait area by a Brown Bear that keeps mock/charging you and you can't see more than 20 feet. I guess I just find it addicting cause I always bait year after year Had many bears come in right at dark so I always seem to push the envelope on how late I leave each night... I know I use the same trail the bears do guess it makes it that much more fun. I've also walked in on bears in the afternoon while just baiting. If I can see them well they are fair game to be harvested. Haven't sat all night yet but will try it this year had lot's of bears come in after I left. I bow hunt so as soon as I can't see well enough to see the sights I call it a night.

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    Everyone hit the nail on the head here, no regs on hours just no artificial light. If you have bears hitting the sight after you leave use the 2 in 1 out method seems to work really well. Another good method to get into is everytime you rebait pound on the barrel with a stick and make it loud, that way the bear(s) know that its dinner time, that and the 2-1 method is deadly. I have seen bears come in all times of the day according to the trail cams. I generally pinpoint a timeframe from the pics and usually sit about two hours before and after those times which seem to be about 7pm to 5am. Good luck this year to all bowhunting baiters......

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    Quote Originally Posted by willphish4food View Post
    Oh, the beauty of dropping a bear right before dark, is that you get to track it in the near dark, skin and quarter it in full dark, then drag it back through tight windy bear trails through the alders IN THE DARK!
    And don't forget about the other bears that are escorting YOU out IN THE DARK.... Gotta love it, that's why we do it. Oh yah, it builds character!!! HA!

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    Smile Been Getting Stocked Yet more Q.

    I am already getting stocked to set up my first bear bait station. I have heard that bear baiting is a ton of work. But I'm willing to but the effort to see results. Since I won't be around for Moose or Caribou.
    Any particular concauctions some of yall might use. I have heard of Popcorn and the typical dog food, left over donuts from the bakery? How often do some of ya'll bait your stations? Will be my first year and the only guy in my shop to do it. No were really else to go for answers. Thanks for ya'lls info.

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    Default I have done a lot of baiting.

    I have done a lot of baiting. Shrimp heads, bacon grease, hamburger grease, marshmallows, popcorn, fryer grease, molasses soaked oats, sweet feed .....

    And, the Number 1 choice that they seem to hit first is Dads Dog food.

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    Grasshopper,
    Where you at, if your around fairbanks send me a pm. Has anyone tried those bear bombs there selling now. Are they legal in AK ? I have to agree with Dave, the best thing is dog food. As far as the question on rebaiting it all depends on how much it gets hit.

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    We start with 50 pounds and some grease on the ground. Once it gets hit, I like to grease maybe one more time. I then I am bow hunting so I will carry in maybe 20-25 pounds in the pack. Just enough to keep them interested. Not all goes in the barrel, some is scattered around a bit to make them work.

    Now about holes in the barrels. 2-3 maybe 1" in diameter and that is it. The bear has to move the barrel to get some out. NO grease on the food in the barrel. It causes the dog food to swell up and get sticky in the barrel. Then you just have a mess getting it out. Another thing, I like 7 gallon buckets with screw on lids best. Some stations are 30-35 gallon barrels. We quit using 55 gallon drums. Just too heavy.

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    Thats a great idea with the holes and the dog food Dave. I found that the bears would thrash the barrel so bad I had to chain it immoble to a tree.


    I still can't eat jelly filled donuts from the year I used them. I collected them all winter and kept them frozen. I cut the half an end out of a barrel from wonder bread and keep stuffing it with old donuts ugh the thought still turns my stomach. I also collected all left overs friom the house in five gallon buckets and some fish heads. When it started to get warm I put the buckets on the roof to season in the sun. I hung the bucket in the tree near the stand about 25 feet up over a cottonwood limb. Then I shot the bucket with bird shot and left for a day. Lots and lots of bears

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    chocolate syrup works great. I learned this from my brother, he said he once watched a bear lay down and picked threw everything else and just ate the m and ms.

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    Default Da bears

    Here's a break down from my experience -- using a digital game cam to time/date stamp the 'feedings'; times are in 24 hour clocks:

    0500-0800 9% 0900-1100 11% 1200-1500 23% 1600-1900 24% 2000-0000 30%
    Regarding what to use... when you start getting hit... bring in a bag or two of the mini-marshmallows. Scatter them around your station where you can see them from your stand. It's great entertainment for the no-shooters. They love the things, and roll around, play... yummy.

    Might I also recommend our own AK Outdoor Forum wiki-pedia on baiting...

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    If you can see it without artifical light, you can shoot it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ynggrasshopper View Post
    I have realized that Alaska could be considered and exception in some cases but, I haven't been able to find any were in the regs that says what legal shooting hours are. I thought of this question Caribou hunting last year in August. Typically you figure 30 mins before and 30 mins after sunrise/sunset.
    One other question when bear baiting which I am going to gear up and do this spring. Any one have in general the hours their bait sights seem to be more active than others? Guessing Dusk and Dawn?

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    IF you need more light to shoot. I will give you a great tip.... Put flour in front of you barrel. This will lighten up the area. What ever light is there it reflects it. Also this will help to see (foot print) what size bears you have coming in.
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    How accurate do you think your percentages would be in the Fairbanks area? I haven't been too lucky when it comes to bait stands, so I didn't want to leave a trail camera out there for someone to steal.
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