I went to check my bait today on the Hope Road and there was another rig parked at the pullout. 2 weeks ago when I got set up I hadn't seen evidence of another baiter, so when I saw the truck I figured there was room enough for both of us. Besides having more scent in the area can't hurt.
So I went in and was disappointed to see it hasn't been hit yet, but I made use of the trip and improved things a bit. I use a suspended barrel set up, and initially had a rope strung between two trees. I was thinking about the brownies and replaced the rope with a pole. I suppose a bear could tear my barrel down but I'm far more confident now.
I also added a jug of molasses. I have it dripping onto an old stump, and I added a canister of Koolaid to sweeten things up.
On my way back I had the thought that I'd leave a note on the other fellow's rig with a description of my bait so we didn't crowd in on each other. He left before I did but to my pleasant surprise he'd left a note for me instead.
When I got home I called him and we chatted about locations and possibple carpooling. It was refreshing to have a friendly conversation with a "competitor". Two grown men who love the woods, and hunting, talking like adults. Apparently, he has a huge brown bear hitting his bait. I guess I'm next...
I asked him if he was an AOD member and he said he was a lurker but was thinking about joining. I hope he does.
Here's a couple of pics