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    Anyone one else looking forward to Spring bear hunting?

    We start the baiting process on May 04th...

    We will hunt the week of May 27th...

    I didn't see a bear in our 2023 spring season so I am overdue... lol

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    I didn’t have to bait for bear last year, my wife did it for me with her compost pile. We had a small bear show up on the first day of bear season while I was turkey hunting. He took a 100 gr. Rage while standing in the middle of my decoys. That ended my bear tag in hurry, but I didn’t want her hanging around the house
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    After limited success seeing bears in the spring we are going to concentrate resources on the fall season this year. I might bait one stand for the long weekend just to see what happens.

    I did have an encounter last spring but didn't have an opportunity for a shot and eventually got busted.

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    I like fall better, or at least seem to find the time then, but yes I will be baiting for spring bear

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    I will probably bait again this Spring but am not going to spend a whole bunch of money doing it, just would like to take a bear as predator control and to try the meat as I have never harvested a bear.
    Mixed success last year, got bear coming in but mostly after legal time. Also I am limited on getting a bear out because I have not bought an ATV yet. Saw a 4 liter jug of Molasse's in my local club warehouse, last year I could pick up an almost expired jug at half price for $5.00 regular price now for same jug $34.50, talk about inflation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilroy View Post
    I will probably bait again this Spring but am not going to spend a whole bunch of money doing it, just would like to take a bear as predator control and to try the meat as I have never harvested a bear.
    Mixed success last year, got bear coming in but mostly after legal time. Also I am limited on getting a bear out because I have not bought an ATV yet. Saw a 4 liter jug of Molasse's in my local club warehouse, last year I could pick up an almost expired jug at half price for $5.00 regular price now for same jug $34.50, talk about inflation.
    I hear ya dragging bears is a chore! If I were bear hunting solo I would quarter it up gutless and pack it out. Your body will thankyou for that... ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilroy View Post
    I will probably bait again this Spring but am not going to spend a whole bunch of money doing it, just would like to take a bear as predator control and to try the meat as I have never harvested a bear.
    Mixed success last year, got bear coming in but mostly after legal time. Also I am limited on getting a bear out because I have not bought an ATV yet. Saw a 4 liter jug of Molasse's in my local club warehouse, last year I could pick up an almost expired jug at half price for $5.00 regular price now for same jug $34.50, talk about inflation.
    You getting &*(^'d on that molasses. I pay $32 for 20 litres at the feed mill. As far as dragging get yourself a fall arrest harness, lanyard and ice fishing toboggan. Harness lets you pull with your entire core plus your legs and keeps your back much straighter. Rigged up like that i pulled a 350 lb bear solo without quartering it. Not fast and took lots of breaks but only needed to get it 200 yards to the side by side. Otherwise just pick your target accordingly. Lots of bears out there between 75 to 150 lbs and they eat like Angus beef. Good luck!

    Hemming and hawing about whether to get out this spring. Took a nice 125 lb eater last spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Species8472 View Post
    You getting &*(^'d on that molasses. I pay $32 for 20 litres at the feed mill. As far as dragging get yourself a fall arrest harness, lanyard and ice fishing toboggan. Harness lets you pull with your entire core plus your legs and keeps your back much straighter. Rigged up like that i pulled a 350 lb bear solo without quartering it. Not fast and took lots of breaks but only needed to get it 200 yards to the side by side. Otherwise just pick your target accordingly. Lots of bears out there between 75 to 150 lbs and they eat like Angus beef. Good luck!

    Hemming and hawing about whether to get out this spring. Took a nice 125 lb eater last spring.
    Well I have a small sledge and I have a harness and I am in pretty good shape so can probably get her done, just need to figure out how to get them in during legal hours which always seems to be the jocker in the pack.

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    Crazy early this year. The bears have been out of hibernation for about 6 days now on my farm in Fenelon Falls. That's almost a month early from my observations here. I think the poor Boo-boos are going to be awful hungry. I'm already doing nuisance beaver removal so I'll pitch them some carcasses to help them out till green-up.

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    What has worked for me (in no particular order). Some of these are from Dr. Ken Nordberg and others are from experience:
    Refresh your bait between 11:00 am and 1:00 PM only.
    Never hunt in the morning.
    When you plan to hunt, go in at 1:00 PM and plan for a long sit.
    If at all possible go in with another person on hunt day. They refresh the bait and you stay in the blind (2 men in, one man out).
    Never walk from your bait directly to your blind or vice versa.
    Set up your blind a week before you plan to hunt.
    Leave one of your stinky work shirts in the blind.
    Never have food in your blind.
    NEVER go to your blind after baiting.
    If you have a trail camera, always deal with the camera before you bait.
    Last edited by Pioneerfreq; March 13th, 2024 at 06:01 AM.
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