Big bears get big for one of two reasons. One, they are not hunted at all. Two, they are smart. Every year there are big bears that I get trail cam pictures of, but never see in the flesh. Even when all the conditions are right, some bears just know something is up, and won’t show, or only come to the stand sight after dark. Even when you have a big bear showing up at a bait site consistently, everything must be just right—and that’s just talking about black bears. Hunting a big, mature grizzly bear on a bait is like hunting an old, mature whitetail, but one that is spookier, has a better sense of smell, and can kill you. Spook him, and he’s usually gone forever.