Photo by Brian Klutch

Take a trip to your local sporting goods store and you’ll see that there is no shortage of commercial bear bait available. Problem is, everyone uses that stuff. If you want to draw bears to your stand, you need to stand out in the woods.

Bears do love their sweets, but you need to appeal to their noses from miles away, and sweets won’t do that. To make a surefire concoction that will draw bears, all you need is a plastic bucket, water, and some fish carcasses. (Living in Alaska, I’ve found that salmon works best, but chopped herring does the trick, too.)

Put the fish parts in the bucket with some water, seal it, and keep it in a warm place for a couple of weeks. Once it’s good and ripe, remove the lid and hang the bucket where bears can’t get to it. If there are any bruins in the zip code, they’ll show up.

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