View Full Version : Spring Bear Baiting SE ID

04-04-2013, 07:36 PM
Wanting to try spring bear hunting in SE Idaho this year. Newbie at this hunt and thought baiting might be the best way to go. Couple of questions. Since I have access to free stale donuts, chips, old burritos/sandwiches, soda (all out dates from vending supplier), should I try to bait or spot & stalk? Are old sandwiches/burritos legal to use with the baiting regs and should I add something else?

Also, any general areas to bait in SE ID (Idaho Falls) that I might have a chance at bringing a bear in without having to drive too far from home? :)

T.S. Allen
04-04-2013, 07:53 PM
Bears love sweets. I have baited bears while living in IF for many years. How far would you consider driving?

04-04-2013, 09:00 PM
From what I can remember there isn't any regs on what you can bait bears with. I know for sure the sweeter the better. The guys I used to know would set their baits in metal drums, fill the drums with donuts, syrup, apples ext then bang on the drums with the chain they had the drum tied up to the tree. Pretty much the dinner bell. Baiting does take some time unless you know for sure there bears in the area that can smell your bait. I've seen Cam Hanes use what he called bear Crack. Sterno heating up a metal bowl of jello, syrup, marshmallows and the smoke would travel with the wind to get the sweet sent out into the woods.

04-05-2013, 05:47 PM
Bears love sweets. I have baited bears while living in IF for many years. How far would you consider driving?

I was trying to keep it under an hour drive from IF, but if it is worth the extra drive to really increase the odds of success, then I'm willing to go the extra mile or miles. Maybe spend long weekends in a better area. Palisades, Pine Creek, etc are fairly close for day trips, checking baits. I'm thinking heavy on the donuts, honey buns, bear claws versus chips and sandwiches.

It looks the regs allows any bait, except game animal or game fish.

Bait: No parts of animals or fish that are currently classified
as game animals or game fish in Idaho may be used as bait.
This includes game animals and fish that come from the
wild and commercial domestic sources (i.e., pen raised game
birds/animals or hatchery raised game fish).

Metal drums up to 55 gal, no plastic ones or a hole is allowed up to 4 feet

I like the sterno crack idea and banging a dinner bell chain. Thanks

04-05-2013, 06:18 PM
Pallasades is where I know the guys hunted bears.

04-05-2013, 06:31 PM
I've heard of guys using dog food with good success too.

T.S. Allen
04-05-2013, 10:07 PM
Well you should have no problem getting into some bears. Bears will eat anything but they will eat candy before anything else. I would be willing to point you to some areas that I have had good success. Just shoot me a PM. You might wanna check with the fish and game before you use the "bear crack" method. I have always known it to be called a "honey burn" but from what I recall and don't quote me but it used to be against the law.

04-06-2013, 08:12 AM
bring a small gas burner and pop some popcorn. packs in small and fills up a drum real fast once it gets to poppen then candy up ur popcorn with anything u want, sugar syrup, MOLASIS:), ive used dog food with sucsess but after miles on ended of packing that crap up ive stuck with the old popcorn trick. id say twinkies but good luck on that one:)

04-06-2013, 08:35 AM
"I have always known it to be called a "honey burn" but from what I recall and don't quote me but it used to be against the law."

Yeah. Honey burns (also bacon burns) are illegal in some states -- might not be in yours though.

04-17-2013, 02:11 PM
meathunter, I'll be out there this weekend hopefully. I live in IF too, but I'm also new to this so I don't think I would be too much help. I've looked through the stats though and unit 66 & 67 look pretty decent. I'll be spot-n-stalking, not baiting. Should be a good time!!

04-18-2013, 10:24 PM
Hi groc426 good to see another IF hunter on here. Since it's warmed up here a bit, good time to get out and into the woods. We'll have to check back and see if either of us have any luck in finding a bear. I try and use the time to scout for the fall hunts too. Welcome to the forum!

04-29-2013, 02:29 PM
Hey meathunter, just wondering if you've had a chance to get out. Hit it quite a bit this weekend and saw nothing (not even a deer). Saw lots of game sign, except for bear. I think the area I'm looking at doesn't have enough green at the moment, despite there being no snow on the southern slopes. This might also explain the lack of other game. I was hoping with a creek running nearby that there would be something hanging around, but unfortuanately I was wrong.

Next strategy is to find where other game animals are hanging at, then look for bears in the same, general area. Perhaps this is a dumb idea? I don't know.

T.S. Allen
04-29-2013, 08:13 PM
Spot and stalk hunting is pretty tuff. I prefer to lure them in with some tasty treats. You don't need much just some good smellin stuff to entice them. There are a ton of hound hunters in your area and they really push the bears into being completely nocturnal. Keep at it and good luck. PM me if ya get a chance.

04-29-2013, 10:56 PM
T.S. Allen - That may have been one of our problems as well, we started too early and headed home before the last hour of daylight. Still had a blast going out. I may have to try bait, but I feel like I'm too late in the game right now trying to get stuff together for it and feed the site. I may have to try an overnight trip to get back in the wood from everyone, but not sure how successful that will be.

Also sent you a P.M.