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Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! #7313170
07/24/21 11:49 PM
07/24/21 11:49 PM
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bfisch Offline OP
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I know I posted pictures before, but here is some footage of the hunt as well. Enjoy!


Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313205
07/25/21 03:12 AM
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Interesting! You check same time every other day, then change when you hunt? Any rubs?

Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313275
07/25/21 08:53 AM
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The Hill Country of Texas
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Great video and also looks like your strategy was a good one


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Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313491
07/25/21 03:07 PM
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Nice Bear! Congrats!


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Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: Leftlane] #7313599
07/25/21 06:23 PM
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Thanks guys!

Originally Posted by martentrapper
Interesting! You check same time every other day, then change when you hunt? Any rubs?


I try whenever possible to check/fill bait sometime between 11am and 12:30pm. That day was an exception and I needed to be back earlier because I had prior commitments. Notice that the bear didn't come in until when I would usually would fill the bait. So my sitting there beforehand didn't seem to help me. I would prefer to either sit in the stand right after filling bait or during the evening. However, bears were hitting the bait and all hours of the day and night so I am not even sure that it made a difference.

No rubs at all. The pelt is/was in great shape!

I wonder what other's theories are when it comes to making noise at the bait site. Do you talk, break sticks, bang on the barrel, etc?
I try to not lollygag at the site, but I also don't try to be exceptionally quiet. I did sit one day and could just sense a bear or more around by the way the gray jays were acting, but the wind was not good and never saw anything that day.

Last edited by bfisch; 07/25/21 06:25 PM.
Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313609
07/25/21 06:40 PM
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I intentionally make a lot of noise when I'm at the bait site. I'll make sure to make lots of noise on my way in and lots of noise once I'm there. I don't want to surprise a bear right at the bait and make them feel like their safety was compromised. There's no downside to it. Our fall baiting season starts next Saturday. We already have stands up and barrels positioned.

Nice bear you got there.

Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313638
07/25/21 07:25 PM
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Thanks for taking us along.

Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: Posco] #7313682
07/25/21 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Posco
I intentionally make a lot of noise when I'm at the bait site. I'll make sure to make lots of noise on my way in and lots of noise once I'm there. I don't want to surprise a bear right at the bait and make them feel like their safety was compromised. There's no downside to it. Our fall baiting season starts next Saturday. We already have stands up and barrels positioned.

Nice bear you got there.


Our season is open whenever baiting is open. So legally I can take a bear whenever I am making or checking a bait station. What are the chances of sneaking up on a bear in the brush assuming the wind is good?

Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313713
07/25/21 09:05 PM
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Excellent,


Let me sugar coat this
Re: Spring Bear Hunt: Chocolate Down! [Re: bfisch] #7313725
07/25/21 09:18 PM
07/25/21 09:18 PM
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Good looking bear!!!! Congrats!

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