Just curious... how many of you are fortunate enough to live relatively close to your baiting area?
My partner and I decided to keep receipts for our bait season in 2009.
Not the smartest thing to do.
We logged expenses for anything related to the pursuit of a bear.
Fuel, bait, drinks, human food, etc.In other words, if we bought a sandwich at Carrs on the way to the station, it was logged.
Came up with a final expense account worth about $750 (fuel accounted for about $400), and an odometer reading of around 2300 miles.
These costs didn't include tree stands, trail cams, bow, gun, etc. Just costs that we shelled out for the 2009 season to support the baiting habit.
Of course what the "numbers" do not reveal are the hours in a tree stand, just enjoying the peace and quiet.
Our general rule for a trip to the stand - "spend at least as much time in the tree as you spent in the car on a round trip excursion."
For 2300 miles, at an average speed of 50mph: equates to around 46 hours in a tree, near a tree, etc.
The sad part of the story, the one that almost brings a tear. We did not see a single black bear from our bait station in 2009 (they were there, not when we were).