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Idaho Bear Baiting
« on: April 15, 2017, 08:31:34 PM »
Got 2 bait sites put in today.  Wore OUT!  I'll post a few photos tomorrow and then once they start hitting the baits.  Got snowed on while putting in the first bait.

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 09:01:57 PM »
Awesome, good luck :tup:
You know how to skin griz pilgram

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2017, 09:18:26 PM »
Good luck Fred! Baiting bear is not an easy undertaking. It's probably somewhere along the lines of your hog trips you shared with us. Work, miles, consistency: that can get results.
Bring a GPS!  It's awkward to have to eat your buddies!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2017, 09:23:39 PM »
 :tup: :tup:

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 10:40:26 PM »
Stay safe!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 04:02:22 AM »
sweet,Good luck I sure miss that..

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2017, 11:48:27 AM »
Well?

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 11:58:46 AM »
First bear showed up Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Has eaten very little so far.  None of the other baits have been hit and no tracks or droppings seen anywhere.  I imagine things are about to bust loose.





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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 12:15:41 PM »
Is this normal for them to hole up for so late, or is it just the late spring we're having? I haven't seen any scat yet but I did see a track in April that was only a day old or so.  When they do come out is it like a light switch as far as increased activity?  I've been holding out for better weather and warmer temps w my spring wa tag.  By the sounds of it I haven't missed much.

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 12:23:53 PM »
I am assuming things have been slow.  I have talked with two other bear baiters in Idaho and neither had had any activity or seen any sign up to this point.  I know the spot I'm baiting in, two years ago I had 8 bears on the bait within a week, but I didn't start baiting until around the 10th of May.  I'm still finding snow up higher.  The mountains in that area are not greening up very quickly so I think all things combined they are off to a slow start.  This bear has been in 3 days and has barely eaten much more than a butter dish full each time.

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 12:33:15 PM »
I head over in 3 weeks, should hit it perfect I'm hoping. At first I was bummed it had to be so late, but should be good timing huh

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 01:04:18 PM »
my bait just started getting hit thus last week. been out since the opener. really late year. there's areas im wanting to get into for both baiting and glassing that I cant even get close to yet. I guarantee there's still a bunch of dens up there in some deep snow. be interesting to see what the bears do this year. june should be good...

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2017, 01:11:55 PM »
I head over in 3 weeks, should hit it perfect I'm hoping. At first I was bummed it had to be so late, but should be good timing huh

Probably perfect timing!  Good luck!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2017, 01:12:35 PM »
my bait just started getting hit thus last week. been out since the opener. really late year. there's areas im wanting to get into for both baiting and glassing that I cant even get close to yet. I guarantee there's still a bunch of dens up there in some deep snow. be interesting to see what the bears do this year. june should be good...

I bet when they start they really hammer the baits!!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2017, 01:28:28 PM »
now that I have one consistently hitting it (so far every night) im bringing up some secret weapon stuff to really start peeking interest. im in a pretty good spot. hoping it gets hoy and heavy here soon. 

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2017, 03:01:18 PM »
Pretty sure the bear hitting my bait is in this stage.

Stage 2óWalking hibernation is the 2-3 weeks following emergence when metabolic processes adjust to normal summer levels. During walking hibernation, bears voluntarily eat and drink less than they will later during normal activity. They also excrete less urine, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. 

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2017, 08:54:17 PM »
Bear #2 showed up tonight, nice color








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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2017, 09:27:31 PM »
Nicely done.    :tup:
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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2017, 10:32:28 AM »
Nice Machias!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2017, 10:42:25 AM »
what do you put the stick in there for?

How are the roads?  Can I get around the CDA's much yet?

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2017, 11:31:01 AM »
what do you put the stick in there for?

How are the roads?  Can I get around the CDA's much yet?

I do it for a couple of reason, I can check it from a distance and see if they have been removed.  I like to do it to keep smaller critters and birds out, right now after this last visit from the bear I have a crow that is going to town on the bait.  :)  Also with the wireless cameras you need 2 bars to consistently get photos sent, sometimes coverage goes from 2 bars to 1 and once in a while it does not send a photo.  So with the sticks in there if I suddenly get a photo and the sticks have been removed then I know something hit the bait, but I did not get a photo.  I can't help you with the roads in that area, but everything I have heard is there is still a bunch of snow and washouts.  I would be real careful.  You taking the dogs over to run that area?  I'm going to take a trip this weekend from Wallace to Avery, but I've heard there is probably still too much snow, but I need to go check it out for myself and get an idea on when I can start a bait over in that area.

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2017, 02:55:44 PM »
checked the bait last night. its getting hot now. 4 bears hitting it and ones a giant.

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2017, 03:28:44 PM »
damn I miss them bears,,hope you guys get some nice big melon heads in

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2017, 04:02:23 PM »
Nice lord grizzly!!  Got any photos to share?

Thanks rasbo, honestly I could care less if I kill one or not, I just enjoy the whole process and sitting on the baits and watching the bears.  if a big ol toad walks in I will thump it, if not I will enjoy the whole thing just as much!

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Re: Idaho Bear Baiting
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2017, 08:15:15 PM »
Sorry no. I don't post pictures online. I keep these accounts for the classifieds and the small handful of topics that peak my interest I'll jump in on. Bear baiting being one of them. Good luck, looks like your off to a good start

 

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