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Swamp Scooter

Weather and acorns= no bears

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Just an invite for some feedback and maybe any tricks. We had bears coming daily to a variety of baits. Then nothing. No pressure, no competition. ONly thing that changed was the 40mph winds on Thursday, 2" of rain on Friday, Low pressure still and rain on Saturday, then Sunday got nice but still no bears back to the baits. Acorns started to drop like crazy so I am wondering if all these things added up to 5 days of not hits??

Good news was that they are now back but I am back to to work for a couple of days again. They hit hard late Sunday night/early Monday morning before I got to the baits. I stocked up on what they liked and hit the road. Any one else have bears that moved off? Any ideas on how to get them to just HAVE to come out when we are sitting?

They are not watching us, they like the food, they were coming in the day time, there are no other hunters around.

Just wondering if we are missing anything. We are baiting mid morning and then were getting to the stand in the afternoon and staying until dark, even dark 30 to try and see if they were making any entry but no hits until Monday morning again. Hard pattern to figure out.

Ideas I have are to bait earlier, sit earlier and longer. We did the reduce the bait thing, baited daily, gave them what they wanted. I think we have a dominant boar, at one stand, that pushed a few of the 200#ers off during the day and he now hits at dusk and others throughout the night. Still able to get day hits but not as frequent.

The big hope is for the cooler weather and the lack of weekend traffic so going for the mid week 2 day hunt.

Let's hear your wows or successes.

Thanks

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89Bronco

We have the same problem. I hunt in area 25 near the border of VNP. My dad, another friend and my taxidermist hunt in 24 on the Range. All of us had big time hits going for at least a week and then all of a sudden...nothing! I haven't had a hit since last Wednesday. On my trailcam I was getting a variety of bear coming in at a variety of different times and then the last picture of a bear is on the 30th. We all shared stories and it's pretty much the same. At least we felt a little better when we heard everybody was having the same problem. I think we each thought we were doing something wrong, but I don't think so now. I think they'll start up again either this week or next (hopefully). For some reason they just totally shut down on the baits.

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Swamp Scooter

Sorry to hear that but I am glad I am not alone as well. The main bait shop in town only registered 2 bears all weekend! We are in 44. We did get them back on Monday morning so I hope they sit tight until Thursday when I am going to ambush them. More goodies and a sharp broadhead for dessert!

Any one else have the same thing going on and how do you break the cycle while you are hunting?

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Hoytmystic

Sorry to here this guys. I had 12 clients for the first 5 days. All of them have seen bears. Ten clients have shot bears so far. I have bait stations in 26, 51, 44. Had a pope and young come from 44. I even got the chance to get out yesterday and scored in the first 5 minutes of my hunt.

Just keep working and things should begin to happen. If anyone has any questions e-mail me at hoytmystic@hotmail.com

Good luck,

Hoytmystic

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Boar

Yea I'm doing the same, gonna back of on the hunting an just let nature take its course. Let it cool down, let them deplete the acorns, let this blasted full moon get out of here. too warm to wanna move during the day, too many acorns to worry about food, an a bigh night light up there that says Hey bear! I'll light the way for ya! sit tight till night. I'm gonna just let them know the candy store is still right around the corner every few days till the conditions are more favorable for hunting. Good luck guys Later boar

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