We start baiting a full 30 days before the season opens, so the bears have already come to feed, and have made the bait sites part of their feeding routine. Many times several bears will hit the bait, and compete for the best feed, often encouraging them to hit the bait earlier in the day, with the most productive times between 3 p.m. until last legal shooting light.
The effectiveness of the bait will be affected by natural food sources available-if there is a great berry crop or good mast crop of beechnuts or acorns the bears will not be as eager to hit the bait consistently. We anticipate this and strategically place bait sites close to available food sources when possible to maximize bear traffic, and to also draw in “new” bears. We also utilize grease pads around our bait sites, so as a bear comes and goes, he leaves a long scent trail thru the woods attracting more bears right to the site. Their trails soon become well defined. If the spring and summer have been dry, or the berry and mast crops are limited, the baits will be hit like never before!
Either way you can rest assured that you will be hunting only over an active bait, and in a new stand that has not been hunted from this season. If a bear has been taken from a stand, that bait site is “retired” for the season. This ensures a great hunt and your best chances to see and shoot a bear. It also promotes a sustainable harvest without putting too much pressure on an area.
We offer 12-15 foot ladder stands, tree stands, and ground blinds. We will place stands to accommodate firearms or bow, and right or left handed shooters, as well as two person stands for hunting with a child.
Orion Outfitters is a year round guide service.
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