When speaking of late season several things instantly come to mind. Hyperphagia is of course the first and foremost challenge for any late season bear hunter. This is the period when the bears start the transition to hibernation. This basically means aggressively eating, and it often time begins around the full moon in September here in Wisconsin. I saw a dramatic slow down this year at the full moon as in many of the years past. This is very hard to overcome. You are on borrowed time and the sand is about to run out on the season. Here are few late season tips that might just help.
# 1 Stay the course it sounds simple but when a slow down comes the easiest thing to do is freak out and toss a bunch of items at the bait. This rarely works and in fact it might confuse you even more.
#2 Reduce the amount of bait offered, this may trigger them to come eat faster. “Get it before it’s gone”
#3 Decrease the amounts of sweets
#4 Increase the calorie counts, Bears need between 18,000 and 23,000 calorie per day during this time
#5 Prepare to sit even if you have not had action on the camera. You can’t shoot one from the couch and bears are moving looking for food.
#6 Remember they are animals, we get hundreds of calls about this when the slow down comes. It is thousands of years of genetics telling them what they need to do to survive winter. If they are a bred sow they have even more demands and preparation to do.
You have done the work all season and now it all comes down to this. A few short weeks(check local listings) and it is all over. Take the time and reward yourself with a few more relaxing and peaceful hunts. It is good for the mind to just connect and enjoy nature.
With the abundance of bait available these days it is hard to say what baits out preform others. So we need to take a look at what each bait offers and evaluate what will preform the best for us under each of our certain conditions. First off let’s look at grains, granola, and nuts. These are often found in mixes like trail mix,or a COB (corn,oats, and barley) mix. These do bring certain items to the table that we need,such as protein and carbohydrates. You might be surprised to know that feeding to much of these baits will actually slow a bears metabolism down and make them use digestive energy to process the bait. Thus making them tired and less likely to come back at a consistent time. Baiting is about finding the right balance of great taste and texture and offering quality feed at a cheap of free price point. The shear volume is a problem so we have to also look at the money factor when deciding what to bait with. Things to stay away from would be chocolate for sure. It contains Theobromine and is very deadly to bears. Theobromine will cause upset stomach and in severe cases death. We recommend popcorn, wafer cookies, sugar cones, and other light easy to digest foods that a bear can easily grab out of a stump or barrel. Comfort foods if you will. You want to create a comfortable environment that offers little or no stress for the bears. Top this happy place of with a source of clean quality bait. Remember if you would not eat it don’t feed it to the bears.
Well Folks this is it, our first blog ever. There is so much I want to cover in the next few months as the fall baiting season heats up. This is a great way for us to discuss baiting technique and proper scent usage. I hope that the discussion spills over to the Bear Scents Facebook page. This is it here we go!!
First things first
Whenever someone decides to start a bait site several factors come to play. The first should be the selection of bait. The things that need to be considered is the amount of bait needed, storage area for the bait, and also if the supply will continue or will you need to switch later down the road to a different type of bait. All of these factors must be considered and in all of the upcoming blog posts you will find a very common theme “Think big picture”. What does that mean? Well simply take all things in consideration before you start. Have a plan implement that plan and stick to the plan. Often times we have customers call and they out of bait or need to change bait during the “Hot” time for baiting. Yes it happens and it can be overcome but you will see a slow down for a few days. This is a unnecessary event that does not need to happen. Once a bait goes dry and a bear visits the bait site and no type of reward was receives for their effort the bait will become a low priority. This means that a simple unnecessary event has just cost you a bear off of your site. So be mindful of what is happening with the bait. Think big picture,you are not the only source of food for most of these bears. You in most cases do not have to compete against the bear. You have to compete against your neighbors so having a well thought our plan is crucial. There are to many variables in hunting and the items that we can control we need to be sure that these items are being managed accordingly. During your scouting time be mindful of the surrounding and think of how the scent will travel and use technology to help you. We help our customers from here in Wisconsin simply by looking at a overhead satellite image of the area. Then we cross reference that with the weather service wind values and speeds for the last few weeks. This gives us not only a birds eye view of the surroundings,but it also will hopefully tell us how our scents will preform. This also determines what type of scents we should use. What type of trees, what type of elevation, and what type of rock faces or outcrops there arein the particular area all of this tells us would type of scent is beneficial. For example when in the western states such as Wyoming there is vast amounts of ground to cover so ” Big Paw” works real well. It is a burn type product so it allows us use the air to broadcast scent. That is totally different then the hunters in Maine where the brush is very thick and there is less airflow through the trees. Then our Bear Scents Spray work very well for that application. We are not only committed to the health and population of the american black bear but we are committed to our customers success and producing quality products. We will continue next week have a great week !!