Black Bear Hunting Tips – Baiting Black Bears
Black Bear Hunting – How to Bait Black Bears for Black Bear Hunting – Black bears (also known as American black bears) are the smallest bears in North America. They live in coniferous forests of Canada, United States and even in some areas in Mexico. These bears share their habitat with grizzly bears which often attack and kill them. Their main defense from these predators is climbing on a tree. Black bears are most active at night.
For many hunters, black bear hunting is definitely one of the most exciting hunts because of the challenging terrain where these bears live and because of their intelligence. Baiting is very effective for black bear hunting, but you should keep in mind that it is not legal in every state in the United States and Canada.
Since black bears have very powerful sense of smell they are easily attracted by food. In order to prepare bait, you will need a large quantity of chocolate and sugar. Black bears are big fans of sweets and the sweet scent of this bait will surely attract them fast. In addition, some hunters add fat and grease to boost the scent. This bait should be burned and placed in the hunting area. Of course, you will need to place it in a position where the bear needs to make some effort before it reaches the bait. In this way, the bear will be distracted and won’t notice your presence. In other words, you will have enough time to position and aim well.
If you are looking for the perfect baiting location, focus on areas where the scent can be distributed fast. For example, places like streams, lakes and the end of some clearing are ideal because there is increased air flow in these areas. In some cases, baiting black bears in meadows can be effective too because as you know bears frequently leave the forest and walk in meadows too. If you are hunting in an area that is very close to a mountain town, then you can use baits based on sugar. Bears that live in these areas often use trash cans to find some food and they are used to such food.
In case you are hunting in an isolated area, it is very likely that you will lure black bears with fresh meat baits. But, you should be careful with these baits because they can attract black bears’ bigger cousins – grizzlies. Avoid using this bait in areas where grizzlies are spotted and always have a backup plan.
Baiting black bears for black bear hunting with artificial baits is another popular method used by experienced hunters. Those interested in this type of bait can find the in stores that sell hunting products like Cabelas or Bass Pro. It is also a good idea to use the Internet because you can buy them online too.
Finally, don’t forget that baiting allows you to choose the bear you won’t to shoot. This is one of the biggest advantages of this technique. You can avoid shooting small bears or sows.
We hope that these tips will help you improve your black bear hunting success.
Brought to you by Brian “Bear” Squirrell of Big Bear Outfitters – Nova Scotia. Your black bear hunting guide in Nova Scotia, Canada.