First, I am bating in what has becom a heavely trafficed and baited area (4 baits in 2 mile area). I have had 3 or 4 different bears come into the bait(caught on camera) however they dont stay and eat, they sniff around and for 10 -15 minutes and move on. I am trying to remain patient as this will likely be my last black bear hunting opertunity for several years( DA ARMY). My questions?
Should I consider changing my dog food? It has been out since mid may but there are no signs of worms or rot
Do you think the bears are full from other baits and are just trolling the other baits were they may not feel aas safe do to heavy traffic?
I havent seen anything that leads me to belive that anyone has tampered with my bait.
I am sure I have answered some of my own questions, time is runnning out and I want bears to eat at my bait like they are at the golden corral.
You say you have other hunters close. So you have to make your bait the best in the area. Try something sweet, sweet feed works good and pour on the sweet stuff. Also try a good call bait or scent lure. PM me if you want to chat.
Buddy and I carried in a papersack full of fresh popcorn and bread dumped it out and then covered it with Butter milk Syrup. We had a big boy come 30mins later and lay down in front the barrel and start licking the stuff up.
Only down side is you are going to want some popcorn when you get a wiff of it every once in a while when the wind shiffs.
Try burning some fudge with honey.
Not sure if your bait is still out but, I usually use sweet stuff. I will cover my dog food in some sort of berry syrup and then put powdered sugar and koolade all over the outside of my barrel. Throw out some doghnuts and muffins or something like that. Go buy the reduced brownie mix or cupcake mix and make them for the bait. Not that I am an expert, but from my experience when you use rotten bait it will bring griz. Blackies have a sweet tooth. This year we shot our first bear on a bait kinda like yours. Quite a few other baits around. They will hit what they like best just like you at the buffet. Good luck!