I though I'd share my favorite bear bait tips with the
OL community.Early in my bear hunting years, I would generally use old donuts, pastries,and breads and I would pile up very large amounts in my bait barrels at my hunting site.This worked, but the bears would only hit my baits every few days, but when it was hit if no one was in the stand they would consume mostly everything. Now I only restart my bait sites with large amount of sweets, and when the bears start hitting it, I switch over to oats mixed with molasses(5 parts oat to 1.5 part sweet).It seems to me that in the past the bears would eat so much bait that they would get turned off it completely for a few days.Now I use about a gallon of bait per site, this seems to create compatition in the bear community, and they check the bait sites more regularly.I also think the oats are easier for bears to digest, leaving them hungrier more often.The only down side to this is that you have to have the ability to check your sites no less than every other day.
Another simple way to attract more bears to your hunting area is with a paintbrush and molasses, simply brush it onto a tree trunk or large rock.Its strong, sweet smell travels along ways.On occasion I have switched out the molasses for bacon grease, which also works well.
And my final tip,bring a good quality flashlight/lamp with you and sit it out to the very last legal minute hunting, Ive harvested probally 65% of my bruins in those very last moments, which is also why when I hunt bear in the evenings I do so entirely with a firearm, I could never find the nerve to exit the woods in the dark with bears in the area with only a bow in hand.