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  • What’s the best bear bait I could use in the spring time to attract bears to my trail cameras. I never baited bears in the sprin

    What’s the best bear bait I could use in the spring time to attract bears to my trail cameras. I never baited bears in the spring. In the fall before hunting season the bears love meat the best. Field and Stream is having their three monthly “Spring Trail Camera Contests.” I want bears photos and photos of little bear cubs with the sow would be awesome.

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    I used Honey over Strawberry Twizzlers Hangem High off a branch near your T-Cam, the smell of Honey and Twizzlers in the Sun will drive em wild.

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    • #3
      Treestand, good idea. It will be a large boar to stand up for the camera. Thank you!

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      • #4
        P.S.
        I will sting up the twizzlers around six feet. Will see what happens. Trail cameras don't lie.

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        • #5
          check your state's regulations. In WV it is illegal to feed or bait bears.

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          • #6
            Anise extract, which is also the licorice scent, works wonders. Circle your bait sight with used fry-a-lator oil in a 30 ft radius, the small game that passes through it, skunks, coons, squirrels etc will track the sent out of the area allowing the bears to back track to your bait sight.

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            • #7
              Sarge, thanks for the heads up.
              New Jersey allows baiting during bear season. I am just starting my bait pile a little early this year.
              I want to get a head start on the other bear hunters.

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              • #8
                Sarge another point of information is one of the bambi lovers was feeding bears in her back yard. She was charged by the NJ Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer for feeding bears. In county court her attorney’s argument was “why are bear hunters allowed to bait bears with a gun and my client can’t bait bears with a camera?” The Honorable Judge found her not guilty.
                Her name was Susan Kehoe and you can Google the case on the internet.

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                • #9
                  I remember the case Gary.

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                  • #10
                    We don't hunt or bait bears but often find them on our trail cams for deer.

                    Here are some of the photos and video we have, if your interested www.deer30outdoors.com/bear-photo-gallery/

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                    • #11
                      A mix of vanilla extract, caramel extract, and anise oil mixed in equal parts and diluted with water will get them into the area, and day old pastries make great bait. Bacon grease, peanut butter, and molasses spread on trees and rocks in the area will also get them in.

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                      • #12
                        Great suggestions Bioguy.

                        DEER30, nice bear photos.

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                        • #13
                          bacon grease and molasses over pastries or bread work great. Anise extract or cake frosting work great if you are not getting much rain. carp or other fish heads work great as summer progresses. Stick to things that smell/are really sweet or really stinky.

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                          • #14
                            Last summer we were fortunate enough to buy a barrel of raspberry jam, which was doughnut filler, and had real raspberrys in it along with the seeds. It worked awesome and was drawing some bears 4-5 miles from others bait sights to get to our baits that had the jam present. Beaver carcasses are a very good meat bait, if you have any trapper friends that have frozen carcass you may want to try a few of them. Placing the bait up high on a smaller tree, maybe 6-8 inches in diameter and 6-8 feet off the ground may help in getting cubs on camera. The trick being to find a tree too small for the boats to climb, yet large enough that they don't pull it over. I had 3 cubs and a sow tending two separate baits all season last year. Cute little buggers!!

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                            • #15
                              @Gary Devine, Hunting in Jersey? Do you have a relative that is a Marine Col.? I have a great friend who lives in North Jersey who may be interested in a bear hunt this year.

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