Well, I hauled all my junk up into the hills yesterday to a spot I've had in mind. I'd planned on heading down into a valley where I figured I'd be the only one around. After getting there things didn't look like I remembered when I was there a few years back. But that was in the fall. Not as thick, or maybe just not as green yet. Anyway, I setup on the edge of a nearby ridge in some trees and alders that drops down to a long valley adjacent valley. A fire hit parts of the area a few years back but I'm setup on the edge of a valley where it didn't' really hit. I was there and committed so went ahead and setup but now I am second guessing my decision. It seems I should be down in the valley more. My hopes are that thermals will carry scent down and perhaps bring one up or over.
How much traveling do these black bears do in the spring?
Do they cruise from valley to valley?
Should I try and move down more to a valley floor?
How long should I wait before considering moving the bait station if I don't get any hits? I figure I'll head up wednesday or thursday and see if it's been hit. I have baitem907 ball hanging up and some other scent scattered around.
Here's a couple pics.
It's drops off into long the valley behind the bait and to the right that did not get hit by the fire. My ground "blind" is in a nice little clump of trees and brush and out 25yds from the bait. (handgun hunting) I cleared a little brush for a shooting lane. Behind me it's a little open area and drops off to an are hit by the fire a few years ago.