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Buffalo Point: Land of Enchantment

by Daniel James Hendricks 20. October 2011 13:58
Daniel James Hendricks

   Bears were plentiful with lots of opportunities for both bows and cameras.

If you’ve never experienced the taste of chocolate and someone tries to describe the sensation to you, it’s impossible to grasp the undeniable pleasure that you will experience when the sweet substance finally passes over your tongue.  Such is the case I experienced with an enchanting land called Buffalo Point.

  Wyman Sangster is the outfitter at Buffalo Point and was please I finally made the trip there.

Wyman Sangster and I first met at the Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo a few years back; my personal relationship with him has been one of those special affiliations that was rich right from the very start and like fine wine has only gotten better with the passing of time.  From the very onset of our association, he pleaded with me to come to Buffalo Point in the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods to see where he lives and the hunting and fishing Nirvana he had just discovered just a few years earlier, himself.  What he neglected to mention was what a wonderful getaway it was for those of us who are addicted to digitally immortalizing our trophies with photographic paraphernalia.

I dilly-dallied on Wyman’s invitation and finally this spring took him up on his offer to hunt bear there.  By the time the week ended, I had been exposed to enough of the natural wonders of Buffalo Point to be hooked on that outdoorsman’s paradise for the rest of my earthly existence.

 The Points 18-hole golf course was a beautiful with wildlife running all over it.

Upon arrival, I quickly tracked Wyman and his wife, Darlene down on the fifth hole of the beautiful Buffalo Point golf course.  It was the first time I had met Darlene so I took some time to get to know her as I followed along while they finished their first nine holes.  This bear hunt, which will be an HBM Hunt Club Annual event, is the only one that I have ever heard of that offers free golf during the week of the hunt.  From dawn to mid-afternoon, it is golfing or fishing and then the evenings are packed with the nail-biting excitement of bear hunting.

At the end of the first nine, Wyman instructed me on how to find my lodging at the Marina.  With that information securely locked in my head, I headed for what would be my home for the next week.  I stopped at the Marina, which serves as the main desk for the dozen or so lakeside cabins as well as being Buffalo Point’s grocery store, bait shop, camping & boat launching headquarters; and the local coffee shop for the seasonal residents that call Buffalo Point home from early spring to late fall.  I picked up my key, got directions and quickly found my luxury cabin.  It was beautiful!  Screened in porch, full kitchen, 2-bedrooms, whirlpool tub in the bath, a deck right on the lakeshore and satellite TV so I could watch Fox News.  It was military clean and exceedingly wonderful. 

Curt Thunder and his wife, Cheryl were gracious hosts and excellent company.

Within an hour, I met the gentleman who was to serve as my guide for the week.  Buffalo Point has its own Gamekeeper, a local by the name of Curt Thunder.  Curt grew up on Buffalo Point and knows its lake, land, swamps and rivers like the back of his hand from 40+ years of traipsing from one end of it to the other.  He has a gentle soul, a sharp wit and we quickly formed a bond that deepened during the many hours we spent together over the next seven days.  I was the only hunter on this trip so I was able to accompany Curt as he made his rounds replenishing the bait stations each day; I also spent a lot of time with him and his wife Cheryl who went out of her way to provide wonderful meals, great company and a heck of a lot of laughs.  The Thunders are a great family and I am pleased to have added them to my special-friends list.

Curt’s job is to oversee the wellbeing of the Buffalo Point wildlife and to serve as host to the bear, deer and duck hunters that come there to fulfill their hunting dreams.  His keen intelligence and seemingly endless wood lore provide a stimulating and entertaining atmosphere enriching the experience of all who come to harvest wild game at The Point. 

Signs warn hikers about the baits close to the settlement.

As the number of permanent homes increased at Buffalo Point, so did the number of nuisance-bear incidents.  Buildings were broken into, there was exterior damage, and garbage cans were destroyed and scattered creating a hazardous problem.  Over fifty bear complaints a year was a serious dilemma; but, when you build a burgeoning community in the middle of bear country, you should expect a certain amount of “incidents” with a sleuth of bears living in the neighborhood.

To remedy the problem, Curt has been put in charge of feeding the bears from the time they exit their dens in the early spring until the bountiful berry season begins on the Point.  Blueberries, wild strawberries, saskatoons, chokecherries, pin cherries and acorns are all prolific on the Point, easily keeping the bears fed, once the natural food comes into season; but for the first few months after thaw, Curt’s daily trips into the thick forests and swamps of the Point, keep the bears exactly where they belong – in the woods.  This system not only nearly eliminates bear complaints, but it also creates an arena of premium bear hunting.  My wildlife photo morgue is plump with bear photos thanks to the six nights on the stands at Buffalo Point and two of those nights I sat in the rain and saw no bears at all.

Cheryl Thunder has a natural way of putting the animals of Buffalo Point at ease. 

The second night of the hunt I blew a chance at one of the biggest spring bears I have ever seen in the bush.  It was in the very last moments of daylight and I had just put away my camera as was sitting there thinking when I should have been picking up my bow.  The big bruin suddenly appeared from out of the thick cover, causing my heart to momentarily stop.  It was truly an incredible specimen!  In the heat of the adrenaline overdose I was experiencing, I reached for my crossbow, which was hanging on the tree.  It was just enough movement to alert the bear and give me a good glimpse of its ample behind disappearing into the bright green undergrowth; proving once again that one is never too old to make stupid mistakes.  I passed on a lot of bears at the Point, but that humongous creature was the big-daddy of the week and I had blown it.

On that very same stand the last night of the hunt, amid desperate prayers for another opportunity at that burly beast, I took a smaller bear as the day was fading into darkness. This particular bear had been stuffing itself for an hour and had shown no signs of alarm or concern indicating to me that the big bear was not in the immediate area.  When the big boys are within spitting range of the bait, the little guys can sense their presence and head for cover so they are not brutally beaten for their lack of respect.

 The very last night of the hunt, this bear fell prey to my crossbow as the daylight fled.

It had been several years since I had taken a bear so decided that this one would be a perfect specimen to break the drought; it definitely would make for a good freezer stuffer.  A lot of good photos of the bear had been taken, so I definitely had my trophy to hang on the wall.  Watching the bear eat had done little to arouse my excitement, even when it started to climb my tree at one point; but once the decision to take it was made, I lost control as the adrenaline surged through my system in anticipation of the kill.

Sitting on the very point one morning I was joined by a pair of curious otters. 

Waiting until I had a perfect broadside, I placed the glowing red circle of the scope on its black rib cage and gently squeezed the trigger of the Kodabow.  The silence of the darkening forest was crushed by the discharge of the arrow as I watched it blaze a brilliant red streak to the target, compliments of the Lumenock tip.  The doomed bear spun on its hind legs, ran to the tree directly behind the middle barrel and climbed high off the ground.  The bruin, I believe, thought that it had been sneak-attacked by the bigger bear and was fleeing up the tree to safety.  Little did it realize that its fate had already been sealed by the Rage broadhead that had ventilated its goodie box.  Eventually the bear came crashing to the ground in a fall that would have killed it were it not already gone.

 There are more Canadian Geese that people on Buffalo Point with goslings galore.

I signaled Curt and his nephew who were sitting offshore doing a bit of fishing and they came to assist in the removal of the bear.  The process brought to a perfect end, what had been a wonderful week.  The next morning after skinning the bear, I packed and headed for home, already looking forward to coming back to play some more in the natural beauty of Buffalo Point.

Buffalo Point 2012

If you are interested in booking a spring bear hunt or a fall bear/whitetail or waterfowl hunt at Buffalo Point give the HBM Main Desk a closer look. The entire Buffalo Point experience is one that will definitely leave you wanting to come back for more.  Curt Thunder, the Buffalo Point Gamekeeper, is also willing to work with disabled hunters for both bear and whitetails in the fall.  If you are physically challenged and want a truly remarkable adventure in an enchanted land of the wild things, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Eagles were everywhere.  This shot was taken near one of two nest on the golf course.













The Koda-Express Leaves Lasting Impression on Canadian Bear

by Daniel James Hendricks 21. July 2011 11:34
Daniel James Hendricks

My recent trip to Canada for spring bear provided me with an opportunity to begin development of a personal relationship with one of the new kids on the block of the rapidly expanding crossbow world – the Kodabow.  Kodabow is an American made crossbow distributed out of Pennsylvania.  It is of recurve configuration and is an extremely well made piece of equipment.

The Koda-Express from Kodabow is every bit as good as it looks. 

On this particular mission I was using the Koda-Express, which has a 185 lb draw weight and is rated at up to 305 fps in the speed category depending on arrow weight.  That’s a lot of power as far as crossbows go, but Kodabow has two more models that are even more powerful than the Koda-Express.  I have always been a proponent of “it’s not how fast your arrow goes, but where you put the broadhead that counts!”   Shot placement is critical and the first thing that I learned about the Koda-Express is that it is an extremely accurate shooting bow.  Confidence, which in my humble opinion is the most important asset a hunter can possess, is quickly acquired with this crossbow and from that point on the rest is just plain fun.

 The Hawke Optics HK3244 Scope greatly enhances the performace of this bow.

Easy to assemble, the Koda-Express comes complete with a rope cocker, a destringing aid and several optic options.  My bow is topped off with a Hawke HK3244, which is perhaps my favorite Hawke scope.  Choosing my favorite Hawke is a tough call, but it is reassuring to know that one of the best, new crossbows in the field comes adorned with one of the best crossbow scopes in the field, as well.

The projectile of choice for this test run was the Lumen-Arrow by Burt Coyote.

The Koda-Express I received must have been zeroed in at the plant by the senders because when I took the first shot at 10 yards, I was a little high of dead center.  At 20 yards, I was right on the money.  The second mark was right on at 28 yards and the third zeroed at 36.  I did not go beyond that mark as there is little likelihood that I would ever shoot beyond that distance and as always, lack of time to play with my new toy was a major consideration.

 The adjustable military style stock and pistol grip definately enhance use.

I really like the Military-style adjustable stock and rear pistol grip.  It allowed me to adjust the bow to a perfect fit and the pistol grip makes for easier handling.  The bow has an adjustable 90 degree hand grip on the fore-end, but I was not impressed with that option and did not use it other than to stabilize the bow in the ladder stand.

 I was not personally impressed with the grip on the fore-stock, but it worked great for locking the bow onto the safety rail.

An automatic safety engages when the bow is cocked and has an ambidextrous release that is clearly marked.  There is an anti-dry fire mechanism to prevent accidental discharge, which could seriously damage the bow or its user.


The ambidextrous safety automatically engages on the Kodabow.

A feature that I really appreciate is the anti-dry fire indicator level which allows the user to visually confirm that device is working and also that the arrow is properly seated when it is loaded.  The trigger pull is smooth and crisp allowing for steady and accurate release.  

The oval "ringy-thingy" is one is a sample of Kodabow's carefully thought out construction.

My Koda-Express has a machined riser with built in string-dampening pods that serve to make the bow quieter when fired.  Its rail is also machined from solid aluminum for durability and lightness and is designed to safely keep my fingers away from the string.  One of my favorite features of the Kodabow, as silly as it may seem, is the flat, oval ring that is attached to the bottom of the riser.  I don’t even know what its proper name is; I just call it “Wonderful”.  Not only can it assist in keeping your fingers away from the string when you are shooting, but when resting in the stand it allows the shooter to comfortably and stably balance the bow on their lap, hands-free, without danger of it tipping or falling from the perch.  This bow is packed with “little things” that demonstrate the long and clear thought that went into its design and construction.  And with the crossbow market becoming so competitive, it’s the little things that can really make the difference in the long term relationship with your crossbow.

The new  Rage Crossbow Head prvided the cutting edge at the moment of truth.

The Koda-Express performed flawlessly in the field while serving as the core of my hunting equipment package.  I combined it with Lumen-Arrows and the new Rage Crossbow broadheads.  The combination proved to fatal for my quarry with only a fifteen yard chip-shot being required in order to close the deal.  All of the time spent shooting arrows into the target with the Koda-Express paid handsome dividends at the moment of truth when the hunt ended in the blink of an eye with one perfectly placed shot.  The startled bear hit the large tree right behind the bait and nimbly climbed to escape danger unable to stem the doom that had already be sealed by the killer Kodabow.  The shot was clean, humane and quickly dispatched the bear.  I really didn’t have to shoot the bear as the fall out of the tree would have killed it.

All Kodabows are of recurve configuration with a solid and well designed string attachment.

In the final analysis of this hunt, the Koda-Express did all that was expected and required of it and is a super value at a MSRP of $800. And there were a few unexpected benefits realized from the many hours spent in the ladder stand with the bow, but the bottom line is that I am looking forward to the next outing with one of the newest and most solidly built crossbows on the market.  Now I know that there are two even more powerful Kodabows available, but it is my humble opinion that the Koda-Express is equipped to handle any animal on the North American continent and therefore is all of the crossbow that any hunter would ever need.  Personally, I would be more inclined to want to examine Kodabow’s Alpha Strike, which is their 155 lb draw weight model.  Any more power than that contained in the Koda-Express is unnecessary overkill - unless you are hunting a Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

The very last night of the hunt, the Koda-Express was responsible for creating one very happy hunter.















Crossbow Accessories for Bear Hunting

by Daniel James Hendricks 13. July 2011 12:04
Daniel James Hendricks

Okay, let’s go down the check list for your spring bear hunt. You have researched, selected and contracted an outfitter, paying the required deposit to reserve your hunt…check.  You have decided how you’ll travel to Canada and made the required arrangements…check  After careful consideration, you’ve selected the crossbow you will use to take one of the many world record black bears your outfitter claims are in his territory…check.

2-3 small flashlights, a headlamp, rangefinder, treesaw, sharp knife and small first aid kit are all good things to have in your pack for a spring bear hunt.

The next step is to decide what accessories you’ll need to pursue the wily bruin in the thick, Canadian bush.  Most equipment that’s used on your hunt will be the same that you use while hunting whitetail deer.  A good, sharp hunting knife and a treesaw are necessary items, along with a thick cushion to prevent brain damage during the long sits in the stand.  You’ll need two good flashlights and one headlamp with plenty of extra batteries.  This gear is standard back or fanny pack stuffing, but what else should you include.

Bring an extra crossbow just in case you have problems with your primary bow.

The first thing you might want to consider is an extra bow or, if you are shooting a recurve crossbow, at least one extra bowstring.  Things happen and if you’re deep in the wilderness and your crossbow blows up, you don’t have a lot of options.   Chances are slim that there is a proshop in the area and you don’t have the time required to send your bow back to the factory.  Now you can always borrow a firearm from your outfitter, which they are sure to have; but if you are determined to take your bear with a crossbow you had best pack a spare, just in case the unlikely happens.  Be a good Boy Scout and be prepared!  Check with your outfitter and find out the average distance from the stands to the bait and then adjust your sighting-system accordingly.  If all his baits are within 30-yards set your first mark at 10 yards, second at twenty and third at thirty.  Bring along the trusty old range finder so that you know the exact distance to the bait once you are at the site.  Some outfitters have the stands as close as ten yards, but with the 10-20-30 plan you will be prepared. 

Bear Spray is seldom neccesary, but could be a life saver.

If you have chosen to hunt from a ground blind (which we will discuss in greater detail in another column) you may want to have bear spray on your person.  Very rarely does a hunt turn dangerous with a black bear, but it does happen.  Bear spray will deter a curious or even an aggressive bear.  If you are in a treestand, a bop on the head with the fore-end of your crossbow as it reaches your platform is usually all that is needed.

Trail Camera can keep an eye on the bait when you are not there. 

A trailcam is a handy device to bring along to monitor what is happening at your bait while you are not there.  Most outfitters will have you sit during the last half of the day; bears, however, may visit the bait any time of day.  If you have really good bear traffic in the early part of the day, then your trailcam will tattle on the bears and you can be there waiting to greet them with open sights.

Thermal-Cells are a wonderful invention and they really work!

 Misquitoes are a very important factor on a Spring bear hunt so you might want to consider bringing along a Termal Cell to repel the little buggers.  This marvelous invention really does work and it is well worth the investment to have one along on the hunt.  Make sure you have plenty of butane refills and repellent pads just in case you ene up sitting the entire week to score your bruin.  And don't forget to bring extra rubber-coated treesteps when hunting with a crossbow.  You will need one to hang your bow from, another for your quiver (I like to remove my quiver while hunting or to carry a non-attached quiver) and a third step for your back or fanny pack.  It is always better to have them and not need them rather than need them and not have them. 

Lighted nocks can be a real asset on your hunt. 

Another suggestion would be lighted nocks for your arrows.  A lot of bear movement, especially for the larger bears, happens right at dark.  Lighted nocks are a new tool in my arsenal and I am really impressed with how they enhance the moment of truth.  You know exactly where your arrow entered the bear and usually exactly where your arrow is after the shot, as most shots are pass-through.  Although spendy, if a lighted nock helps you recover just one arrow that would have been lost, it has paid for itself.

Scents and lures can assist in the success of the hunt. 

Cover scents, bear lures and scent eliminators can be beneficial to your hunt.  Scent eliminators remove some of you scent, but it is impossible to remove it all even if you bathe in the stuff.  Cover scents will assist your efforts, but in the end wind direction will be the dominant factor.  There are some really great attractants in an assortment of flavors like blueberry, bacon, and fish.  There are even some that burn like incense which cover your scent and attract the bears, but can also be used right in the stand to help you monitor wind direction.


A KneePod or some other form of shooting rest can be a real asset when adrenaline hits your system.   

One more thing that you will want to bring is some form of bow rest to help you support the heavier weight of a crossbow for long periods of time.  Movement is a key factor when hunting bears so fumbling around, trying to get your bow off the hanger when the bear comes into the bait is not a good thing; especially if you are hunting a really large bear that is more cautious and careful then its younger clan members.  As the day begins to come to an end, you should have your crossbow resting on a Kneepod, a Steady-Edy or some other form of shooting stick.  This handy little device, which ever one you decide best meets your needs, will support the weight of your bow allowing you to take a steady shot when the moment of truth arrives.  It also stabilizes the tremors that are known to afflict the bear hunter, especially when Mister Big enters the arena of death.  And experience has taught us that at that magical moment even the smaller bears in the forest have been known magically seem bigger, making the steadiest of hunters begin to quake.
Your list may be longer, but the above items are all things that should be on you equipment inventory for your crossbow bear hunt. 

A great plan makes for a great hunt!


Wisconsin Archery Bear Hunting Success

by Dan Schafer 8. October 2009 15:05
Dan Schafer

After 7 years of applying and gaining preference points for a WI black bear tag, good friend and filming partner John Herrmann finally got the news back in March that he would be receiving one of the coveted tags this fall.  John soon got the news that another good friend of his, Craig Frenette, had also drawn a tag for the fall season.  The two of them decided that they would make team effort of the baiting and hunt near Craig's cabin in Northern Wisconsin.  Now, all that was left to do was wait until fall.

About four weeks before season started John and Craig started to locate bait sites and begin the long and grueling process of baiting.  As a bear hunter myself, I can attest to the fact that the baiting is the most difficult work of all when it comes to the bear hunting process.  Mixing the bait and carrying heavy buckets hundreds of yards through the mosquito infested forest can really wear on a hunter.  Not to mention the 100 mile drive one way from home every other day. 

After setting the baits, they set up Moultrie I40 trail cameras to monitor the sites and to see if there were any shootable bears.  It didn't take long to prove they had picked the right spots and were onto some good bears. 


In Wisconsin a hunter has the option to either hunt with dogs or to bait.  Every year, the bait hunters and dog hunters trade off who goes the first week.  This year it was the dog hunters, starting on September 9th and the bait hunters starting on September 16th.

About four days into the season, John got a call from Craig saying a 500# plus bear had been killed less than a half mile from John's hot stand.  Needless to say, he was a little disappointed.  After a check of the camera on Tuesday September 15th, John's frown turned upside down when they captured a couple other very nice bears on the Moultrie. 

Finally, after all the prep work and many miles driving to bait, the day was here to jump in the stand and harvest the fruits of their labor.  Climbing in the stand around 2 pm John was extremely optimistic for the evening hunt, but as the hours faded off the clock, so did his outlook for the evening.  Then, about 45 minutes before shooting hours ended, he spotted what he had been waiting seven years to see.  Appearing from nowhere was a black mass of fur and muscle, dreams were becoming reality.  Very slowly the bear made its way to the bait.  Very being an understatement, as it took the big bruin 30 minutes to close the last 15 yard gap before John was offered a shot.  With the bear comfortable at the bait, John drew his Renegade Alpha 1, settled the pin behind the shoulder, squeezed the trigger and sent the NAP Thunderhead through both lungs. 

After a quick track job, John was able to put his hands on the big bruin he had been waiting seven years to come face to face with.  After a close look, they were amazed to see that they had never had a picture of this bear, which has a very distinct white "V" on its chest.  At 334# dressed and a skull that will easily surpass the Pope & Young minimum of 18", the wait was worth every second!

Be sure to check back for videos of John's and my adventures chasing whitetails through the woods of WI and IL this fall, right here on

Congrats again my friend!

The Bear Hunting Necessities

by Dan Schafer 13. September 2009 19:03
Dan Schafer

Like a ghost in the darkness, they appear from nowhere.    You look left, look right, then look left again and bam, there one stands.  I’m talking about none other than the magnificent black bear.  It’s amazing that an animal so powerful and strong can be so quiet and nimble. 


Chasing these docile misunderstood creatures is a major passion of mine in the late summer and early falls.  With bear seasons underway across much of the country, hopefully some of my experiences can help you bag the bruin you’re after.


Choosing a Location   


When searching for a new set up or bait station, there are quite a few things to keep in mind.  Food sources, travel corridors and cover are few of the main ones I’m always on the look out for.


The first two things I always look for are travel routes/edges and cover.  I like to find areas that are on the edge of a major terrain change.  My favorite spots are those that have a large spruce swamp, or similar area that is cool and shaded where the bears can rest during the day near thicker cover for the actual bait site itself.  Mature bears feel more comfortable moving during daylight hours where there is more cover. 


Third, I always consider what major food sources they may be on during that time of year.  In my area, it’s all about the berries.  Huge rock flats covered in blueberries, stands of choke cherries and wild plums are just a few of them.  This year, with the massive blueberry crop, I made found and made a few sets very close to both the blueberries and the spruce swamps.  I know my best bet is not to try to pull the animals away from their main diet, but to be where they are and supplement with the best bait I can offer. 


The Set Up


I like to keep all of my stands 13-18 yards from the baits.  Once I select a tree for the stand, I find another tree within these distances for the bait itself.  I then use a chain saw to cut logs and stack them in a “V” shape around the bait tree.  I stack the logs this way, so when a bear comes to the bait, they will always provide a broadside or quartering away shot, not facing straight on or quartering to. 


Once I have the stand set up and the bait logs cut, its time to trim the shooting lanes.  This year I purchased a Hooyman 10’ saw to trim branches between the stand and the bait itself.  The detachable hand saw is great for trimming the branches around the stand itself and small saplings in the shooting path.

Chow Time


When it comes to bait, I’m a firm believer that less is more.  I generally never bait with more than 4 gallons at any one time per bait station.  In my opinion, using smaller amounts of bait creates competition and brings the more mature bears out during daylight hours.  I’m also not a fan of using large pastries or anything large that a bear can remove from the bait site.  I want them to come in, eat and be comfortable. 


Some of my favorite baits are sugar cones, cereal, pie fillings, cookies, gummy life savers and other various sweets.  I could probably write a whole page of the different foods I have tried!  I’ll mix a few of the drier foods together in a pail and then cover it with a runny pie filling, making it heavy and wet.  Each of these 4-gallon pails will weigh around 30 pounds when the mix is complete. 


Also, one of the main things I like to do is bait every day.  I try to run the same stands at nearly the same time each day.  This creates a routine that the bears get used to and when they hear the atv coming and going, its like a dinner bell for them.  This is also the best time to place a hunter in the stand, as the bears believe it’s the normal routine.


For attractants, there are a whole variety of different scents.   I like to spray the trees with liquid smoke, maple flavor, vanilla, cherry juice, anise or anything else that will leave a lasting aroma.  One of my other favorite products is from Deer Scents and is a stick that is placed in the ground and lit.  It burns for a few hours and gives off a great aroma.  The last thing I use is used cooking oil.  I’ll pour the oil on the ground around the bait and when the bears step in it, they leave a trail wherever they walk.  The perfect scent trail for other bears to find and lead them to the bait.



NOTE:  Be sure to check your states regulations as to what’s legal for bait.  No two states have the same regulations and some things are illegal to bait with in some areas. 


Its Go Time!


After all the hard work you put into your baits, setting them up, mixing the bait and running them every day, its time to jump in the stand and reap the benefits. 


As I mentioned before, if possible, have a hunting partner drop you off and bait while you get in the stand.  The bears are used to your routine, no need to change it now. 


One last thing I’ll mention, that can be a near lifesaver, is to be sure you pick up a ThermaCell.  I’ve sat many a nights without one, nearly chewed to death, not to have one in my pack at all times.  They can make the difference between an enjoyable hunt and a miserable one. 


Good luck and shoot straight!!!!


Here’s a few links to purchase some of the great products I’ve used right here at


Deer Sense Bear Scents


Hooyman 10’ Saw





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