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Offline CackleBird98

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Best bait for deer and elk?
« on: August 19, 2019, 07:30:44 PM »
I'm looking for recommendations for a good bait for getting deer and elk in front of my cameras and maybe have them hanging around during hunting season, already got salt out, but want something more to spice it up a bit.  Was thinking garbs or maybe like some horse feed or something.  What do you guys use that you've found works well?

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 07:39:34 PM »
Salt is where its at for cameras, not so much for hunting season though.  Deer wont be super interested in alfalfa this time of year.  Only things that would really interest them right now other than salt would be stuff like apples, sweet cob, maybe thise mollasses corn blocks, but you dont want to put that stuff out this time of year, youll just be asking for bear problems.  Id just stick with salt until the bear activity is about over.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2019, 08:29:11 PM »
What bango said haha , I have some salt licks out but the surefire way to get em most often in my book is apples and wet cob .
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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2019, 08:40:21 PM »
Sweet cob and or apples, on east side you can get dump apples from the cold storages by the dump truck load.
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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 09:43:20 PM »
whats best and what you should put out in a area with bears  :chuckle:  elk love apples and Cob, but so do bears. Alfalfa does work for elk now, and some areas I have had deer pound alfalfa in the summer, but thats spotty.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2019, 12:19:07 PM »
Deer and bears come to my feeders, bears get a free pass. Only Deer are targeted, once berries are ready bears wander off.
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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 12:31:22 PM »
Alright, so it looks like sweet cob is a popular vote, but it sounds like I don't really want to put out until later in the year so I don't attract a bunch of bears?  If I were to put it out and started to get a lot of bears, would that scare off any deer or elk I had coming in?  Or would they not really care?

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 12:56:53 PM »
Corn.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 01:04:26 PM »
from now through september........water.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2019, 01:35:54 PM »
Alright, so it looks like sweet cob is a popular vote, but it sounds like I don't really want to put out until later in the year so I don't attract a bunch of bears?  If I were to put it out and started to get a lot of bears, would that scare off any deer or elk I had coming in?  Or would they not really care?

You will probably here mixed answers on that one but I have seen bears on camera with deer showing up  minutes later. A few years ago there was a small mule deer buck that was consistently seen in the near vicinity of a black bear. We joked that they enjoyed each other's company.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2019, 09:55:17 PM »
They don,t care about each other
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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2019, 09:58:35 PM »
bears and deer on my cams minutes apart alot, it only becomes a problem if you have lots of bears like 6-10 different ones in all the time. Moose are even a bigger hassle as they can ruin a a salt or bait to where deer just plain stop coming or very little visits.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2019, 04:11:08 PM »
Wet Cobb is best.  Salt licks work in the spring months when the deer are in velvet and need sodium.  Once the horns get hard they won't be as interested in the salt lick.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2019, 04:43:38 PM »
Southeast?  Garbs for sure.  They have been in them for a couple months and it is a much better fit for doing no harm.  You should be able to get them for less than $200/ton.  Want a full meal deal?  Put out some northwest beef from Wolfkill with them.  Salt, selenium and all of the little things in one mix.

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Re: Best bait for deer and elk?
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2019, 06:18:19 PM »
does or cows in estrus

 


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