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Old 03-26-2020, 04:44 PM
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Disclaimer. I know itís way early to be baiting I usually donít bother until April but I didnít care this year. Combination of needing to get out of the house and having tracks on my side by side for the first time got me excited to put them to the test!

I am excited to be back out baiting bears after about a 2 year hiatus. Changing up my bait locations completely going from north of Bonnyville to north west of Mayerthorpe. Simply to cut down on travel time to baits and itís on my route up to My spot and stalk area making it convenient to do both on one outing. Plan is to fill one tag on baits and one spot and stalk this year!

Excited about scouting new lands I started studying google earth for days to nail in some promising locations. Once I had that I moved to looking at the land owners maps and found some lease owners with contacts that matched some private that boarders crown, the crown I wanted in on! I Mustard up the courage to make the calls for permission as we needed to use their private quarters to get back there and made the calls (I always equate this to what it was like as teens asking a girl for a date! Afraid to get rejected or telling your buddies with excitement when u donít haha)

Well excited to report Iím in!!! And they confirmed my instinct by telling me they have a problem with bears on their private lands and would like them gone!! Well I just so happen to know a guy

Fun part about this year is I have a buddy coming out on his first bear baiting experiences which is always a joy to introduce someone else to the world of baiting! So like two teenage boys we prepared for our dates. We started to strategize securing baits. My buddy made his first dumpster dives with success, I rekindled some old sources from here! (Was glad to see the bear baiting thread up and running still)

Once we had everything we needed (popcorn, beavers, grease, fish remains, oats, blue berry syrup, pastries) we headed up to the spot. We got up into the area unloaded the side by side, loaded the gear and headed into the bush!! Always love that feeling of the unknown adventure ahead.

We went straight to the spot we scouted on google earth to find it was even better than expecting. Large trees on a river bank with no chance bears could get down wind of us on common NW windy days unless they want to risk falling to their deaths also evening thermals should pull our sent down into the valley away from the bait. Some nice travel corridors coming into the bait area and water not to far away.

We set up the first bait site staging a cellular trail cam which will be my first go on baits and hoping it takes away from some of the useless travel up to check baits, only to find they havenít been hit yet. Left a back up trail cam just incase the cellular doesnít pic up for some reason.

After the first bait set we went back to the truck loaded the second round of gear and found a sweet spot just off the private. Have to say there is still 3 feet of snow out there but the tracked machine just plowed through and made baiting a breeze. Loves it!!

Got the second spot set up and equally excited about this spot as well. The plan is to see what spot starts getting hit first then pull the other barrel over and focus all the attention to the one site. I like to do this in a new area to increase chances of getting hit early.

Now we sit and wait haha. Stay tuned as Iíll keep this thread updated all the way through the journey. Cheers









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Old 03-26-2020, 05:04 PM
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I will keep checking on this thread I have lots of spot & stalk bear experience but never baited them. Was going to try this year but decided I will pass till next season with things being a mess this year

I want to try baiting start to finish to experience what the process is like more than to shoot a bear.

Good luck I will definitely be following this thread
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Looks like a great start! Looking forward to the future of this thread this spring. Good luck!
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:29 PM
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:59 PM
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Nice to see you getting an early start with the baits. With spring around the corner wonít be long and the hungry bears should be staggering out of their dens. Have you successfully used ratchet straps to secure barrels before? We always used chains. I would worry about the barrel getting rolled away from your site if you get a few bears chewing on that ratchet strap.
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:14 PM
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Heading to our bait site tomorrow to do some Blind building time to do a little upgrading to our site. Iíll post some pictures once weíre complete our build.
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Nice to see you getting an early start with the baits. With spring around the corner wonít be long and the hungry bears should be staggering out of their dens. Have you successfully used ratchet straps to secure barrels before? We always used chains. I would worry about the barrel getting rolled away from your site if you get a few bears chewing on that ratchet strap.

Ya it was nice to get out and I have had bears on my bait as early as April 15 so not to much longer. Honestly I have used ratchet straps for many years now and never an issue. I like the ratchet strap because itís fastened the barrel tight to the tree to making the bear come in at a perfect broad side shot. You can see my self filmed hunts of this in live action on my YouTube channel HugeNugeOutdoorAdventures check it out. Cheers


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Old 03-27-2020, 10:34 PM
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Heading to our bait site tomorrow to do some Blind building time to do a little upgrading to our site. Iíll post some pictures once weíre complete our build.

Sounds like a lot of fun about to be had!! Enjoy!


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Good luck to you Nuge, and to all of you, I miss home.
Stranded in Aus, but there are worse places I guess.

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Old 03-28-2020, 09:06 AM
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Good luck to you Nuge, and to all of you, I miss home.
Stranded in Aus, but there are worse places I guess.

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Hang in there G. At least youíre in a beautiful spot!

Nuge! Great location bro! Good luck.
Leroy Brown May still be wandering up north but Iím hoping you crank a big ole chocolate this year at this site instead.
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Thanks for sharing
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Well made it into our bait site was waist deep snow up the first hill into our bait to many people around McMurray baiting to make it ATV accessible. Hiked in enough material to get the base built for our new stand you will see the old Platform above my girls are super excited to head into the bait site this fall. Still a couple weeks before Iíll be dragging any bait into our site.




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Old 03-28-2020, 09:24 PM
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Good on you nuge. I canít bring my self to tread through the snow yet still waiting tons here and more coming. Iíve shot two big bears in a foot of snow in April though.
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Well made it into our bait site was waist deep snow up the first hill into our bait to many people around McMurray baiting to make it ATV accessible. Hiked in enough material to get the base built for our new stand you will see the old Platform above my girls are super excited to head into the bait site this fall. Still a couple weeks before Iíll be dragging any bait into our site.




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Nice work!! Good to just get out and enjoy the woods especially with the kids !!


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Good on you nuge. I canít bring my self to tread through the snow yet still waiting tons here and more coming. Iíve shot two big bears in a foot of snow in April though.

Thanks! There is always that chance for an early bear!! Canít wait


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Great to see! Your early work will pay off big. I am envious of you folks who have a spring bear season. Those rugs are second to none

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