Teel says that the most important factor is consistency. Bait piles need to be refreshed at least every other day, otherwise a bear might lock on to another bait station and ignore yours. Teel starts as soon as baiting is legal, although bears will visit bait sites throughout the year because the scent still lingers from the previous season. He uses a variety of baits but relies on foods high in calories, like a granola mix, as well as attractants like licorice. "Bears love Twizzlers," says Teel.