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    Before I get started I just want to say that this is an account of how MY bear season went. Nothing more.....

    Overall it was a very slow year for me. It was the first year for me using a barrel. Usually I use a three sided crib, place the bait on the ground and cover with logs. I am still on the fence about the barrel.
    Anyways... I got the barrel out later than I originally wanted and that may have put me at a disadvantage right from the get go. There are other bear hunters in the area. Probably a few miles as the crow flies and I know for a fact they had their bait out a good nine days before me. Could this have drawn and kept the bears away ? I'm not sure but is a possibility I guess. I did not have a bear on my bait until the 28th of May. It was my target bear. Unfortunately, none of the few bear visits were during the day ( until after the season of course ). Last year the bears were a lot more active during the day. It was undoubtedly a slow year where I was.
    I did have the opportunity to pick up a new piece of kit this year but unfortunately it was towards the end of the season. I was able to find a bear call ( made by Buck Expert ). Now a little about myself.... I love using calls. I don't know why, just do. Anyways, it was a trial by fire and I'm really impressed. Easy to use and with a little practice should be pretty valuable. What I don't like about it is that it has the capability to replicate a cub in distress call. A sow responding to a cub in distress will chase her existing cubs up a tree before investigating giving the illusion to a hunter of a sow without cubs when she comes in. For this reason I won't use a cub in distress call ( again this is just ME... not suggesting to anyone that they shouldn't use it that it is strictly MY own preference ). First day out of the box ( with literally no practice ) I had a couple of bears responding to the call ( sow in heat I think is the one I used ). They didn't show themselves but I could hear them in the bush huffing and grunting.
    Anyways back to my season. It was a year of a lot of firsts for me. First year using popcorn and fryer oil. Needless to say I was less than impressed with the results. Not to say I won't try them again ( I still have a boatload of both items leftover ) in the fall. I will say that even with Covid if a person takes the time to source out bait you should be able to find all you need for free. I did have problems finding additives though. I really like the Moultrie Raspberry Doughnut liquid but only found one jug for the whole season. That Hunting Store in Richmond, Ont. really added to their inventory this year with A LOT of bait and attractants from SBBS ( they won't carry much for the fall season though ). I will say that I have the fattest raccoons now as they were well fed.
    All in all I can't complain about being in the bush this spring ( aside from not seeing a single bear in person ). Seeing as I still have a tag I will be doing my first fall bear hunt and who wouldn't be excited about that.
    Last edited by firedeptlt; June 20th, 2021 at 05:59 PM.

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    thxs for the story
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    Quote Originally Posted by finsfurfeathers View Post
    thxs for the story
    x2... it was a good read. Best of luck in the fall
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    Way to go-never give up,thanx for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedeptlt View Post
    I did have problems finding additives though..
    Sounds like you made a good effort this spring. What sort of additives were you looking for? Something to flavour the popcorn? Or a call lure scent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowbanksArcher View Post
    Sounds like you made a good effort this spring. What sort of additives were you looking for? Something to flavour the popcorn? Or a call lure scent?
    The majority of my bait comes from a bakery in a grocery store. I get all the stuff they are going to throw out or compost. Unfortunately a lot of that is bread. Beggars can’t be choosers I know. So when I do get a box of mostly bread I like adding the Moultrie Raspberry Doughnut liquid. I could only find one jug the whole season. To that the call scents l like using from Canadian Tire were unavailable and unlisted on their website ( I really like Bloodtrail, Burn Sugar and a mixed bear scent ). I did, however, find some sow in heat scents at That Hunting Store.C699F13E-F80E-47F4-AF89-11AEDC80C47B.jpg
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    I don’t have a pic of the Burn Sugar but it is from the same company as the Bloodtrail.
    The popcorn I get is from a commercial producer. It is butter flavored and a caramel popcorn.

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    I keep it simple

    Bear need calories need a good food to fill his stomach twice a day morning and evening
    and need enough this kind of food on baiting site
    and this way the bears will keep coming back to the bait site
    they don't need any exotic staff or attractant , THEY NEED GOOD FOOD

    Grind down the corn mix with rendered pork lard add some sugar up to 2% ad some salt 2%
    And wait to the bait site get hit have a camera on baiting site then sit there and shoot the bear ...

    Quote Originally Posted by firedeptlt View Post
    The majority of my bait comes from a bakery in a grocery store. I get all the stuff they are going to throw out or compost. Unfortunately a lot of that is bread. Beggars can’t be choosers I know. So when I do get a box of mostly bread I like adding the Moultrie Raspberry Doughnut liquid. I could only find one jug the whole season. To that the call scents l like using from Canadian Tire were unavailable and unlisted on their website ( I really like Bloodtrail, Burn Sugar and a mixed bear scent ). I did, however, find some sow in heat scents at That Hunting Store.C699F13E-F80E-47F4-AF89-11AEDC80C47B.jpg
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    I don’t have a pic of the Burn Sugar but it is from the same company as the Bloodtrail.
    The popcorn I get is from a commercial producer. It is butter flavored and a caramel popcorn.

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    they don't need any exotic staff or attractant , THEY NEED GOOD FOOD

    I do realize that. I tried grains, deer corn, dog food kibble and honey last year and needless to say the grains went to seed without being touched.
    Donít get me wrongÖ. I am MORE than willing to try something else. Iím still on the fence about building an expanded metal box and using a beaver or something.

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    Sorry I did not mean to offend you ,
    I just shared my experience with you .


    Quote Originally Posted by firedeptlt View Post
    they don't need any exotic staff or attractant , THEY NEED GOOD FOOD

    I do realize that. I tried grains, deer corn, dog food kibble and honey last year and needless to say the grains went to seed without being touched.
    Don’t get me wrong…. I am MORE than willing to try something else. I’m still on the fence about building an expanded metal box and using a beaver or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfoldivandor View Post
    Sorry I did not mean to offend you ,
    I just shared my experience with you .
    No offense taken whatsoever. I appreciate the help.
    My camera is still up and the bears are hitting the leftovers HARD. Itís neat ( and frustrating) to see the different ones out there. There is a monster ( or what I consider a monster) among them. He is standing what looks to be 4-6 inches above my steel barrel.

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