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OK heres the deal I've never used bait to hunt bear always been a spot & stalk kind of hunt, my borther in law wanted to try hunting off a bait site. Now here the deal I have no idea of what to use as bait. I've heard bread, fryer grease work really good. So I'm here asking you guys for your input on the subjeck. Any of you ever hunted off a bait what did you use.
 
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I have not, but the guy's that I know that do pay attention to what may be natural to the area. If there is known bear activity in local landfills then just about anything will work. If it is an area that is very isolated then strange smells may spook them even if they really want to go to it. Fish has always been one of their favorites because it has a distinct strong smell, but may attract everything else in the woods. You can listen to folk in the area during general conversation and learn alot about what works but ultimately is will take some trial and error to find what your bear are interested in. Good Luck!
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I understand that you want to avoid fish, because of the way it will make the meat tast. The guy who told me this used to work as guide.  They used dog food., Corn syrup sweetener, "leftovers" from game or the slaughter house and some molases that would come from the animal feed store for smell.  So dog food, road kill, corn syrup and Molases (last one helps you stand to be around it).  You want to "watch" what you train them to come to, avoid more "human" food smells.  They would hang stuff from a tree limb and have some makers set up to help you gage the size of the bear.   YMMV 
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Makes since. These guy's probably haven't figured that out yet. I'll have to ask em if their steaks have a fishy taste.
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  We killed one in Canada yrs back that had been feeding at a fishing outfitters dump. Ate some tenderloin at camp that seemed fine and froze the rest for the trip home. Next time we tried to do some up it stunk the house up and was unedible(STRONG fishy smell and taste)! Pitched the rest. It was then that I was told that the taste of bear meat is reallysusceptible to what they eat. NO KIDDING!
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Old donuts and bread work great. I save all my cooking grease and carry it out into the woods in coffee cans.
I put the bread goods in the crib I have set up at the base of a tree. The crib is V shaped and a few feet high. This makes the bear come in from the front and at the angle I want.
Once the bread is set up I break out my Coleman back pack stove and heat up the grease. I then pour it over the bread stuffs.
I also use any old meats that are in the freezer.
 
 
 
 
 


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THANKS GUYS YOUR INFORMATION HELPS OUT A LOT Excellent 
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Old donuts and bread work great. I save all my cooking grease and carry it out into the woods in coffee cans.
I put the bread goods in the crib I have set up at the base of a tree. The crib is V shaped and a few feet high. This makes the bear come in from the front and at the angle I want.
Once the bread is set up I break out my Coleman back pack stove and heat up the grease. I then pour it over the bread stuffs.
I also use any old meats that are in the freezer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 If I came across that in the woods, I'd probably camp there for a couple days!
 (With that hot grease poured over them, I bet those donuts are pretty tasty!)
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Jelly Beans, Just not the black ones. Honestly or penut butter.
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are you saying use jelly beans for bear bait ????? OK i'm game to try just about anything.
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A Bears nose is 50 times more sensitive than a dog.  Anything with odor to it will work. You can make an animal walk in a circle by taking peanut butter and draggin a cloth covered with it around in a circle around your tree stand (dont ask me how I know Whistling)   Rotten fish, eggs , road kill anything that smells rings the dinner bell.
 
 


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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Jelly Beans, Just not the black ones. Honestly or penut butter.
 
Ok I'm game - why not the black ones?  Are the black ones the ones you use to mark the trail back to camp?
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Jelly Beans, Just not the black ones. Honestly or penut butter.
 
Ok I'm game - why not the black ones?  Are the black ones the ones you use to mark the trail back to camp?
 
Wes, I have no idea why they don't eat the black ones. I have been reserching bear hunting  here in Ga. I know they are a few nice grown ones around my mountian place so I did a little test. I called a place in atlanta that made Jelly beans. They sold me a 55 gallon drum half full for next to nothing.They had been dropped on the floor or the shell was cracked ect  so they didn't get used. I went up on a friday night and poured them all out on an old logging road and went back sunday morning. There were tracks everywhere and the black ones were all thats was not ate. I have talked to a few people (locals) about it and they have had the same thing happen to them,but said Penut butter worked better. this year I'm going to take one the first chance I get.
 
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It's the Anise oil used to flavor the black jelly beans. My understanding is that bears don't care for it.
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I also know that citronella oil will bring them in also.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Old donuts and bread work great. I save all my cooking grease and carry it out into the woods in coffee cans.
I put the bread goods in the crib I have set up at the base of a tree. The crib is V shaped and a few feet high. This makes the bear come in from the front and at the angle I want.
Once the bread is set up I break out my Coleman back pack stove and heat up the grease. I then pour it over the bread stuffs.
I also use any old meats that are in the freezer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
That's a clever setup with the V shaped tree trunk arrangement, Doug.  I don't have bears in my neck of the woods, but I bet that would work well for forcing the approach angle on feral hogs as well!  I might have to try that!
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

It's the Anise oil used to flavor the black jelly beans. My understanding is that bears don't care for it.
 
D@mn, you're one smart dude, Billy!Excellent
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doughnuts and red licorice work very well, sprinkle some molasses and some corn syrup out there with it and your set.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

It's the Anise oil used to flavor the black jelly beans. My understanding is that bears don't care for it.
 
D@mn, you're one smart dude, Billy!Excellent
 
The guys around here use anise oil to attract the bears...and donuts or bread (go to the day old bread store) for bait.  You can also use a car/truck tire to hold the bait...put a piece of plywood and a big rock on top of it to keep the coons out.
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Damn tuck. Something wrong with your bears????? Maybe just a Georgia bear thing. Could be something wrong with ours. I do know that pears, apples, grapes, peanut butter, deli meats, oranges, tangerines, bread of any kind, chocolate, vanilla, road kill, gummi bears and the like do real well any place where there are bears in this state. Never tried the jelly bean thing myself, but have heard the same story from several people. Might be one of them thar "urban legends"
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Trinity, Northern California, is "bear central" in this state. They eat anything and everything. In certain areas, you leave something eatable out for a few minutes unattended, consider it gone. Good bait is an empty ice chest; they'll see it and try prying it open thinking there's a feast inside.





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Here are some trail cam picks from a different area of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The first pic shows hawks like greased bread too.
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Damn tuck. Something wrong with your bears????? Maybe just a Georgia bear thing. Could be something wrong with ours. I do know that pears, apples, grapes, peanut butter, deli meats, oranges, tangerines, bread of any kind, chocolate, vanilla, road kill, gummi bears and the like do real well any place where there are bears in this state. Never tried the jelly bean thing myself, but have heard the same story from several people. Might be one of them thar "urban legends"
 
Our bear's might be odd, but I'm certain that they use anise oil up here, but they don't put it on the bait...they say that the smell makes them curious...they usually soak a rag with it, or hang the bottle.  The real trick is keeping all of the other critters out of the bait, so the bear can eat it...hence the board and rocks.
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The board and rocks is a great idea. The smell of the Anise i can certainly see how that works. It is strong, and deer will often come in to investigate that smell also. I think the bears just don't care for the taste. I completely understand that, I don't care for it either.
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