We asked or friends at Holt Lake Lodge Adventures for some black bear hunting tips to help with our 2015 season. Here’s what Kim Hoffman had to share with us.
About Holt Lake Lodge Adventures
Holt Lake Lodge Adventures operates in remote north western Saskatchewan. It’s fly-in access only and the only outfitter in the area. We only harvest 7 bears a year! Hence we harvest some very large bears. The 2014 season champ was a 7’ 4” 20 15/16 BC (pictured above with Holt Lake’s Kim Hoffman on the left). To learn more about Holt Lake Lodge Adventures click here.
Because our camp is fly in, we need to be wise on our bait types and quantities. Freight is very expensive. I do take some oats and molasses in, also a certain amount of used cooking oil. Along with a few other small tricks I use, obviously fish entrails are a good ingredient. Again, because I have to fly all my bait in, I use smaller quantities but re-fill baits nearly every day.
Baits are in common barrels. A few baits are a simple hole in the ground (called pacifier baits) about 3’ wide by 1 1/2’ deep. We put our bait in the bottom and cover it with rocks, larger rocks on bottom. This method not only occupies the bear but will give you an indication of the size of bear by the size of rocks removed and the distance they are moved.
Bait Site Setup
Most bait sites consist of a tree stand, bait barrel and a pacifier (rock pit, stack of logs). Most stands and blinds are located no farther than 30 yards from the bait, making them conducive to both firearms and archery.
With the use of trail cams, I have learned that the myth of evening hunting only is just that, a myth. Bears are more active at all times of the day then I once believed. We have hunted specific bears at first light, some midday and of course the usual evening hunt.
Follow Wild Guide as we put these tips into practice
We are scouring the internet and tapping into valuable resources (such as Kim Hoffman at Holt Lake Lodge) to gather some good black bear hunting tips in hopes of a successful 2015 season.
Here in Manitoba, April 11th is the day that we can legally begin placing baits. The Wild Guide team will be heading out armed with these new techniques and we will film the setup process to share with you. You can follow Wild Guide as we progress through our black bear hunting season from setup to (hopefully) taking our first black bear.
To read more about our 2015 black bear hunting season, click here.
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