BlacK Bears and Boss Buck FeedersContributors to this thread:
Castle Oak 11-Aug-19
Chris S 11-Aug-19
WV Mountaineer 12-Aug-19
A black bear has moved into the area, An outfitter is baiting deer heavily and I have heard that he is having a lot of trouble with the bear tearing up his feeders. I do not know what style of feeder he uses. I am considering putting out some Boss Buck feeders. Does anyone have any experience with using corn in Boss Buck feeders in bear country? Will they feed out of the tubes or knock feeder over? Any tips if I do put them out?
From: Castle Oak
Black bears seem to take much joy in destroying feeders. Heck, they love to destroy anything. Here's a list of stuff we've had obliterated: Tower stands, tractor tires, truck tires, hoses on fuel tanks, pump house, ground blinds, grain drill and feeders. We suspend all of our feeders in some fashion or another. Some are suspended with cable and winches from trees and others are mounted on 10' tripods. We had to wrap barbed wire around the legs of some of our tripods to keep the cubs from climbing them. We use the electric style feeders only. Good luck.
Agree. They will destroy any non suspended feeders. And they must be suspended appropriately in order to remain intact.
From: Chris S
They are wrecking balls. We ended up hanging one years ago with cable between 2 large trees probably 20 feet across. Dang if we didn’t get pics of the acrobat team climbing the tree and hanging onto wire. They never got across the wire but did beak one. I suspect the more they pulled and messed with the wire the more corn that fell out.
Thanks for the responses. That is what I was afraid of. There are not suppose to be bears in our part of Ohio. A neighbor sent me a picture of the bear today and it looks like a small male. It would be nice if he moved on but with the outfitter putting out so much bait he is probably here to stay for awhile.
What part of Ohio are you in if you don't mind me asking?
We’ve had to replace our boss bucks with metal feeders because of the squirrels. If a squirrel can wreck a boss buck a bear damn sure can.
From: WV Mountaineer
Hanging between trees only keeps them from tearing up the feeder. As stated above, they figure out they can shake the wire to make the corn come loose. To make this work, you gotta get the crank wire outta reach too. And put barbed wire or facia metal around the tree higher then they can reach to get started climbing. To keep them from climbing into reach of the hoistcable or suspension cable. It’s just too much work in my opinion.
Don’t know what kind of feeder you are asking about. But, it is a gravity feeder, they will tear it up to. They just tear things up. It’s what they do.
Matt, we are in north, east Coshocton County. I think that you hunt in the county east of us. Please let me know if you encounter any bears. I sure hope that this guy decides to move out, So far no signs of a breeding population in the area but this guy had to come from somewhere.
Whaaat? Bears wreck stuff???
Louisiana Black Bears eat through a boss buck feeder.
I had a sow literally peel open a metal tripod feeder like a can of tuna.