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This weekend I'm planning to put out two large bait pile of food for the New Jersey black bears. I want to see if any heavy weights are roaming my area, via photos from my trail cams. The black bear season in Jersey starts on December 8th. I like to

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  • This weekend I'm planning to put out two large bait pile of food for the New Jersey black bears. I want to see if any heavy weights are roaming my area, via photos from my trail cams. The black bear season in Jersey starts on December 8th. I like to

    This weekend I'm planning to put out two large bait pile of food for the New Jersey black bears. I want to see if any heavy weights are roaming my area, via photos from my trail cams. The black bear season in Jersey starts on December 8th. I like to get a early jump on the masses. Hunting bears over bait is legal in Jersey but the big Bruins move during the safety hours of darkness. Does anybody have any good suggestions to lure in the monster bears during daylight? Thanks, Gary

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    This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
      This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
      By the way, this bear survived last bear hunting season. I have trail cam photos at the very end of the hunt. Can you imagine how huge he is this year? I hope he is still hanging in my area.

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      • #4
        Stake out some Rutgers college students next to your tree stand. Big New Jersey black bears seem to like them...
        Ok, yeah, I know that's a terrible joke.
        In all seriousness, I'm no expert on bear bait, so I can't really offer any great ideas in that regard. But have you ever considered trying to call one in with a predator call? I've never done it, but I've heard fawn bleats or rabbit squeals can be pretty effective. It might be a hunting tactic those big old bears haven't encountered before. If you're going to try it, I'd definitely do so from a tree stand though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
          This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
          How do you like those Primos trail cams? I have the Truth Cam 35, and it's pretty much junk. Terrible photo quality, very weak flash, and slow trigger. This photo looks a lot better than the ones my camera takes.

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          • #6
            huntfishtrap, LOL, baiting with the college kid. RIP
            My bear mountain is loaded with coyotes. I have a doe bleat already. Maybe, I will go out and buy a fawn bleat and a rabbit in distress call.
            I got nothing to lose by trying that. Good idea, thanks.
            Maybe coyotes are legal during the same bear week. I have to check the NJ game laws.
            It would be great if I'm allowed to bust a few coyotes. That would do the future deer fawns a big favor.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
              This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
              The Truth Cam 35 is the bottom line Primos trail camera.
              I like the better grade trail cams. The Primos Blackout, Primos Truth cam 60 and the Primos Truth cam 45.
              It would be like comparing a Ford Lincoln to a Ford Pinto.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
                Sorry, I forgot one the " Primos Truth Cam 46 Ultra " that brand took the bear photo above.
                For the money you can't beat a Primos but if an animal moves the shot could be blurry. You need to pay six hundred for a Sony or a Reconyx cam to stop blurry photos on movement.

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                • #9
                  huntfishtrap, I was going to suggest that LovesOutdoors put up leaflets advertising a bear wet t-shirt contest with all you can drink beer. For the ladies he could get the Chip and Dale male bear strippers for the same time frame and adjacent venue. Then again I have no idea what I am doing concerning bear baiting. Maybe Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might have ideas about how to bait bears.

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                  • #10
                    Gary, What time do you see most of your bears on your cameras now? I have only seen a couple during the day in the Adirondacks. One was while hiking on a sunny afternoon in mid summer, and the bear was sleeping in the sun on the side of a little hill. The other was while hunting deer.
                    For bear we usually went out for the last 1/2 hour of legal season. That is when we got most all our bears.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                      huntfishtrap, LOL, baiting with the college kid. RIP
                      My bear mountain is loaded with coyotes. I have a doe bleat already. Maybe, I will go out and buy a fawn bleat and a rabbit in distress call.
                      I got nothing to lose by trying that. Good idea, thanks.
                      Maybe coyotes are legal during the same bear week. I have to check the NJ game laws.
                      It would be great if I'm allowed to bust a few coyotes. That would do the future deer fawns a big favor.
                      most places, coyotes are an unprotected species so i imagine you can hunt them simultaneously, and year-round (no set season). you may need a small game license or similar to be able to be actively hunting (to prove you are allowed to hunt something? idk), but not sure for your specific area

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                      • #12
                        Jimbo, During October and November I get the majority of black bears during the day.
                        In December many start hibernating and the big heavy weights start feeding at night. I think they know when it's hunting season. LOL

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                          Jimbo, During October and November I get the majority of black bears during the day.
                          In December many start hibernating and the big heavy weights start feeding at night. I think they know when it's hunting season. LOL
                          How about getting a road kill deer and hang it from a tree several feet off the ground in the vicinity of your other bait. That might keep them there a little longer in the AM. You may have to get a permit to pick up the road kill.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                            This monster bear is smelling an old beehive. He is a shooter in my book. Hanging low belly, wide legs, a body like a 50 gallon drum, small head and a wide neck. Any great food suggestions out there before I bait?
                            That is one nice bear. Nice photo. He needs his own bait pile. LOL

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                            • #15
                              Just give your bait time. As it becomes known to the bears as a great spot to get food, they will learn that the Early Bear gets the worm and will begin showing up earlier. Eventually the big one will show up early to get his fair share, which is all of it!

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