I just got back from a 12 day bowhunt on Prince of Wales where my partner and I set two bait stations on the first day and then hunted spot and stalk while the baits heated up. By day 4 both baits were hit. We replenished on that day and checked it two days later and everything was devoured and our trail cams showed 2-4 different bears were hitting each bait.
Since we still had 6 days to hunt we replenished again and waited another 2 days before sitting the bait. The baits were getting hit all throughout daylight hours.
From the very minute we climbed into treestands over each bait, the baits were never even touched again. We hunted the baits 3 straight days and nothing. We set our stands for the best wind direction but the winds did swirl a little bit. We also hung dirty clothes in the trees beforehand to try to get them accustomed to our scent.
I didn't figure baiting would be easy but we thought it was a slam dunk once we saw how hot our baits were. Not the case. What else could have I done?