Well it’s that time again. Time to start getting ready for black bear hunting in Minnesota. Lottery applicants can check to see if they were drawn online at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since early June.
Bear lottery winners must purchase their license by August 1, 2012. Unsold licenses will then become available for purchase by anyone starting August 6, 2012 at 12:00PM.
At this time of year I start thinking about where I am going to get my bait from. Craigslist sometimes has items for free, then there is freezing your leftovers or you could always buy bait.
When buying bait I would suggest bait that does not spoil quickly exposed to the elements like doughnuts, bread and dog food. Simple cracked corn and grease works just fine. I prefer – if I can get my hands on it – dried expired fruits packed in sugar. Easier said than done. I also like peanuts and trail mix if there aren’t too many crackers in it. I have never really had too much luck with fresh fruits like apples. Every bear seems to have their own likes and dislikes, so try a number of different baits.
A good place to just buy bait is Lucky 7 Bear Bait in Cambridge, MN. Their inventory changes so visit their website frequently. I believe they may even ship throughout the US.
It doesn’t hurt to go to your bakery or gas station for bait. Don’t forget to go to the local watering hole for the tastey bar grease! Bring a bucket and a way to scoup it out. Don’t get it on you vehicle cause once the sun hits it – you aren’t every going to get it off.
This year my group intends to use bait barrels chained and / or bolted to trees. Should be interesting.
Baiting may not begin prior to August 17, 2012.