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
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Last Spots! Spring Black Bear Package Canada
Our black bear huns take place in zones 7,15 and 26 of the Quebec wildlife zone. We cover different types of habitat due to the size of the land we have. We mainly hunt on private lands, around 80% of our lands are farmlands with corn and oat fields. Black bears find there all kinds of food they need to go through the Quebec winter, we do not need to make a food plot - we have them all over.. Year to year, we have an average of 90% success. The average black bear size is around 60-80kg but some nice trophy will get over 150kg in the spring time. This semi-guided hunt is over a baited site, and all the hunters have an opportunity to hunt a bait that was never been hunt before him. All the baits are set for bow hunters with shoot under 25 yards or firearm hunters and are designed to offer the best advantages to any hunter. Also, we are offering ground blinds for the ones who cannot hunt from a tree stand - we accommodate all clients. Arrival is on Sunday and hunting is Monday through Friday. Dates and spots: May 17 to 23 - 4 spots May 24 to 30 - 4 spots May 31 to June - 4 spots June 7 to 13 - 0 spots June 14 to 20 - 2 spots June 21 to 27 - 5 spots
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 17 May 2020 27 Jun 2020
Last Spots! Spring Black Bear 1x1 United States
Our baited hunts are out of our camp just outside the Denali Preserve. We have comfortable blinds as well as cabins for sleeping and cooking. Trophies are up to 7 ½ ft.; This is a great spring hunt when combined with a Brown bear at $10 000 trophy fee. You do have a chance to shoot a 9ft trophy here!! Please contact for available dates.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 May 2020 30 Jun 2020
Remote Wilderness Spring Black Bear Hunt Canada
Black bear hunting with us takes place in a very remote area of Northern Alberta Canada with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears and a two bear limit. Black bear hunting on the Clearwater River in Alberta is always a great success. Our river boat camp is located 60 kms (40 miles) up the Clearwater river in a very remote area with no local hunting pressure and a large population of trophy size bears. We have new boats and ATV’s and with the addition of excellent bait sites along the river, this spring is looking great for massive record book bears. We set up bait sites in several spots at the top of the river ridge. We use river boats, duck boats and aluminum fishing boats to get to and from the bait sites. You will be hunting out of tree stands over well established baits. Shot distance is between 10-20 yards to minimize the chance of wounding a bear. We have never had anyone go home without seeing multiple bears and every year bears are taken in the 7 foot 400 pound range. We have many color phase bears from blonde to cinnamon, brown and black The hunts are generally 2 hunters to one guide,Non hunters are welcome at $150 a day Trophy fee for 2nd bear is due in cash at camp or with final payment before receiving the tag. $1,000 USD for 2nd bear (2 bear limit)
Trip duration: 6 days
Hunting season: 5 May 2020 1 Jun 2020
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