2. The Right Bow Holder
I'm a firm believer that most every bear that comes looking for the bait knows you are there too, but even the cagiest bears will tolerate your presence, and eventually present a good shot, if you can remain statue-still and otherwise eliminate unnecessary movement. Also, know that even the largest bears can surprise you with their stealthy approach, and if the undergrowth is thick enough, it means you might get caught off guard. This is why I like an adjustable bow holder that keeps my bow hanging directly in front of me, and pointed right at the bait for quick and easy access. Several models are available including those that screw onto a treestand frame or platform; I like the models that screw into the tree above you and have two or three adjustable, pivoting arms that allow you maneuver your bow into a very precise position. I've had good luck with the Realtree 3-Arm EZ Hanger; newcomer Hawk Hunting has some great-looking choices that include the Tactical Trio Tree Hook, and GoGadget that extends from 14.5 to 36 inches, and swivels to position your bow and other gear precisely.