Different situations require different actions. Sometimes terrain, thick vegetation or even the elusiveness of your prey dictate using alternative methods to the default way of spot and stalk. If you can't approach the animal, you can lure the animal to come to you. Baiting is one of the ways to do it - place some attractant where you want the animal to come to, and wait for it to appear. Sounds simple, but, like many other apparently simple hunting schemes, it has its share of complications and dire straights. Read more...
Waiting for your quarry to come to you is an ancient tradition that comes in many forms and shapes. Baiting is distinguished by the fact that the food that you attract the animal with is laid deliberately. However, the line between artificial bait and a natural food source is very thin. A prime example of this is bear hunting over oat fields in Russia. Some of these fields belong to local farmers, who expect to make a profit out of the oats. Others are planted by outfitters solely as attraction for bears and wild pigs, and aren't even meant to be reaped. From your tree stand, you'll never know the difference. As long as it’s legal, any food that is attractive to a particular animal can be used as bait, and numerous ways of placing it are possible. Bear treats, for example, include expired human foodstuffs such as hot dogs and confectionary. In some places, e.g. hunting sitatunga in a number of African countries, food sources are created by burning patches of the jungle. Fresh grass that grows over the burns attracts the animals. Baiting is perhaps the most common method of taking the big cats in Africa. This hunt is usually integrated into the general scheme of the safari, when the client first hunts the herbivores, and then the meat of these animals is used as bait for a lion or a leopard. Normally, the PH and the crew set up a number of baits, in the places where a huntable animal was seen, or its tracks found. Then the team may spend day after day driving from bait to bait, until it discovers that one of them has been discovered by a legal trophy. This is determined by reading tracks and other signs left by the animal, or watching images from trail cameras placed at the bait. When the answer is positive, a ground blind or a tree stand is constructed, and the hunter with the PH stay to wait for the animal. This hunt may prove not as tame as it seems, especially when hunting from a ground blind. When meat is the attraction, the predator may find the lure of fresh meat of the humans more attractive than old one on the bait, and hunt the hunters. Predators who consider the bait their property are naturally defensive, and the approach to the blind can become an unpleasant surprise. Where and how to lay the bait is the guide's responsibility, and the hunter seldom has a say in the matter. Positioning the baits is a problem with many variables. The place where the bait is laid should be not only lie where the animal has a good chance of finding it, it must be convenient for the hunter positioning the animal in a good shooting position when feeding, but also be convincing and give the appearance of safety for the animal. To achieve this, guides occasionally resort to “advertising” - for example, dragging a piece of bait behind the truck for a long distance, leaving a scent trail to the main course. Still, on many occasions a hunter has to wait for days before the desired trophy discovers and begins feeding on the bait at the right time or during legal shooting hours. Once the animal finds the bait, a different problem often occurs: how to keep it there long enough. When a predator finds an attractive meal in the open, it instinctively tries to drag it into an enclosed spot, to hide and/or consume without being disturbed. This, of course, works against the main purpose of the hunt, and creates the need to invent something to force the animals to eat the treat on the spot. Black bear hunters in the USA, for instance, place the bait in metal drums and tie them to trees. African PHs hang pieces of meat as bait for the big cats just high enough in the trees to catch their interest and give them a taste but yet not let them gorge themselves and get full and also out of reach of other scavengers who would deplete the bait. The biggest challenge with hunting over bait is that in 9 cases out of 10, the animal comes to the bait at dusk or dawn, in twilight, or even in the dead of the night. Even with modern optics, shooting when there's not enough light can be a challenge. Technology can help, but different nations and regions have different regulations regarding legal shooting hours, use of night vision sights and artificial light. It's better to check out the rules in advance, to know where you stand. In other respects, hunting over a bait differs little from other cases of hunting from a blind or a high seat. You should be as careful, silent and motionless in this instance as in other instances when you wait for the animal to come to you. The main advantages are equally similar. Additional food source attracts not only the intended quarry, and you can become a witness to the most intimate scenes from the life of nature. One hunter, while waiting for a Himalayan bear in the Primorie region of Russia, had a fortunate if not disturbing experience when a Siberian tiger with cubs came to the bait. Baiting is usually the means of last resort, used when nothing else is possible. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an exciting pursuit, and it usually makes for very intimate encounters with nature. Discover your baiting options on BookYourHunt. Hide details
Hunt African Civet Cat in South Africa South Africa
The outfitter has a deep love and passion for hunting Night Critters. Since 2014 he has built a reputation of being the most successful varmint hunter in South Africa. Many outfitters and Ph's take their clients to the Limpopo Province to hunt night critters with him. The outfitter has perfected the art of hunting nocturnal critters. His experience goes far beyond those who try to follow his lead. His ability to call in predators, identifying them quickly and put you in a position to shoot is amazing. Each night out with him, hunting Night critters will be action packed The hunt will be conducted in the Limpopo province of South Africa. You will be staying in our 4 Star luxury accommodation from where you will hunt several concessions that is home to the Night critters.
Trip duration: 5 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2019 31 Dec 2020
BYH Special! Deer, Partrige & Boar Portugal
This is a truly great package, it's full of hunting. We are offering you a hunt in the October Month to stalk for Red, Fallow in the mornings, walk up for Partridge & Quail over pointers in the afternoon and if you still have the legs and will you can wait for the boar in the evening, this will be the Portuguese version of the Macnab. We want to offer a marathon of hunting as a special package to BookYourHunt clients and this is it: 4 Full Days Hunting 5 Nights. 3 days Stalks 1 Day Hunting with Pointers 2 evenings on Boar. We can ad extra days for tourists or meet any other requirements. Portugal is a amazing country to hunt and relax alone or as a family. In this package special to BookYourHunt we are offering as much hunting as possible, so if you think you got what it takes - get in touch, there are no trophy fees, no hidden costs or any limit on the number of animals taken, males and females will be available on this hunt. Meat can be purchased at going rate.
Trip duration: 4 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2020 1 Nov 2020
North West 1x1 Hunt South Africa
1 HUNTER x 1 PROFESSIONAL HUNTER We invite you to work with us to design your own custom made safari. We are committed to providing you with a well-organized, highest quality hunting safari with great value for money and no hidden costs. We offer every hunter a fair chance, top-class trophies and our undivided personal attention. You can make your own hunting list by your wish! Jackal and baboon is free of charge.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
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