5. Crowding the Bait
Most hunters get too close to their bait. I'd say the average distance from their bait to their stand is between 10 and 20 yards. That proximity gives a great opportunity for bowhunters, and allows you to see bears up close. However, in pressured areas, I would set up as far as you possibly can from the bait. You want to make sure you can still see and judge the bears accurately, but I set up about 100 yards from my bait, and that distance allows me to see bears that would never come in if I was right on top of the bait site. In pressured areas, bears will often make a big circle or hold up just out of sight, listening, smelling, and waiting for any sign of your presence. If they bust you, they just walk off. I've seen it happen, but it probably goes unseen way more often than I know. By setting up some distance from the bait, your peripheral perspective is much, much larger.