Guided Alaska Hunting
Buying Bear Bait
Bears
Contributors to this thread:
Shiras42 31-Jan-20
Nick Muche 31-Jan-20
JL 31-Jan-20
Alexis Desjardins 31-Jan-20
spike buck 31-Jan-20
JTreeman 31-Jan-20
tundrajumper 31-Jan-20
Glunt@work 31-Jan-20
BIG BEAR 31-Jan-20
spike buck 31-Jan-20
BIG BEAR 31-Jan-20
Ambush 31-Jan-20
skull 31-Jan-20
spike buck 31-Jan-20
Huntcell 31-Jan-20
JL 31-Jan-20
spike buck 31-Jan-20
mn_archer 31-Jan-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
ScumFrog 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
MathewsMan 01-Feb-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
Mpdh 01-Feb-20
Bernie 01-Feb-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
Tlhbow 01-Feb-20
SBH 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
Mike Ukrainetz 01-Feb-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
spike buck 01-Feb-20
BIG BEAR 01-Feb-20
Shiras42 02-Feb-20
Elite 1 03-Feb-20
Ambush 03-Feb-20
APauls 04-Feb-20
From: Shiras42
31-Jan-20
At the end of May we will be traveling from eastern Nebraska to Sioux Lookout Ontario for a bear hunt. Part of the fun of this hunt is that we get to do much of our own baiting. Is there anywhere in western MN, Winnipeg or Dryden area to get some good prices on bait? We can either cross at International Falls or go up to Winnipeg and then head east. Thanks

From: Nick Muche
31-Jan-20
Lucky 7 Bear Bait in Cambridge MN would be worth a look, they have tons of stuff for sale and I wish they delivered to Alaska!

From: JL
31-Jan-20
Check out Craigslist. Bait suppliers will often post up what they have.

31-Jan-20
There’s Land mark feeds just south of Winnipeg they sell bear mix grains with the stuff in it. I never buy from there but they have it. Office 204-355-6015. Sales 1-204-355-6015. Good luck shoot straight.

From: spike buck
31-Jan-20

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Going to Cambridge MN on Tuesday next week for a 1 of many loads of Bear Bait...

From: JTreeman
31-Jan-20
Maybe try Trophy Adventures Bear Bait in WI. I have not bought anything from him but spoke to Eric in the phone a couple times and seems very helpful and good to deal with.

—Jim

From: tundrajumper
31-Jan-20
lived in Cambridge 52 years, we left in 92. Will have to check this place out this fall when visiting family.

From: Glunt@work
31-Jan-20
Many years ago in Alberta, our daily hunt routine included our host raiding a couple Tim Hortons dumpsters :^)

From: BIG BEAR
31-Jan-20
Are you sure it’s OK to take bait across the border ?

From: spike buck
31-Jan-20
It is allowed for non residents to bring bait into Canada. We bring bait across International Falls for business and personal bear hunting. Just declare... Lucky Seven Bear Baits will be delivering a semi load to a depot in Dryden in Early May.

From: BIG BEAR
31-Jan-20
Good info Chris ....!!

From: Ambush
31-Jan-20
Phone for prices on both sides of the border, Buying on the Canadian side should get you a hefty discount with the exchange rate.

From: skull
31-Jan-20
Bear bait is allowed in to Canada only if is good enough for human consumption too I had guys trying to bring expired chocolate and other expired bait , they had to live it at the border, If I were you I’ll be calling the border for information

From: spike buck
31-Jan-20
Pasquel, they actually made it easier to declare Bear Bait at the border.... We have never been denied, chocolate and all!! Lucky Seven is actually our closest distributor. They know what it takes for a load to get into Canada.

From: Huntcell
31-Jan-20
Honey as bait maybe the exception not allowed going into Canada. At least it was a few years ago.

Maybe the new trade agreement changed that.

From: JL
31-Jan-20
When I brought meat scraps thru the Soo port, they wanted to check it. Now that CWD is high profile, meat scraps might be under closer scrutiny.

From: spike buck
31-Jan-20
Meat scraps are not allowed into Canada!!! I tried it years ago and had to go back to the us to dispose. Also will not allow Liquid smoke at International Falls for some reason. No dry dog food. You can bring rolled corn and oats though...

From: mn_archer
31-Jan-20
Everyone in this area buys from lucky 7.

There are probably regs limiting bringing raw meat scraps across an international border for b as it purposes, might look into that.

I'd just get some candy from l 7.

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
No dry dog food ?? That’s crazy.

From: ScumFrog
01-Feb-20
With the crappy CDN dollar right now, wouldn’t it save you a bundle just buying over on this side?

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
Some country's put a chemical into dog food ie: China...a few dogs were dying so Canada banned importing dry dog food. Also had something to do with dog food being made out of bone meal.I was warned 2 years ago. Maybe changed now.

Tried getting Bear Bait out of Canada... would cost a fortune to get it shipped. Because there are quite a few of us having bait delivered, we get shipping at a good price out of Cambridge.

From: MathewsMan
01-Feb-20
Restaurant Grease and dog food is hard to beat.

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
I thought you guys made dog food out of horse meat up there Chris..... Now you guys want to nit pick OUR dog food.... ha !! :-). Just kidding...!!

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
I buy my dog food from Walmart... 44 pound bags. I use a lot of it for filler bait. Also good for baiting wolves. Mix it with peanut butter from Lucky seven...

From: Mpdh
01-Feb-20
Chocolate has been mentioned a couple of times. Michigan has outlawed its use. Supposedly toxic to bears.

From: Bernie
01-Feb-20
Tundrajumper -----sent you a PM

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
Yes.... No chocolate in Michigan. It’s poison to bears like it is to dogs.....

From: Tlhbow
01-Feb-20
For a diy bait what about regs on fish, I know a guy that carries a cast net with him up there and throws for suckers. should be a good time of year for that. Also get them before going (carp/shad) and cut up in big chunks and freeze in large containers of water. Good luck with your trip ! ,

From: SBH
01-Feb-20
Ah yes...bait purchasing time! I go to Walmart once a week and spend way to much money buying food for bears every spring. It’s funny cause I won’t step foot in there any other time of the year but come bear season I’m a regular! Should see the looks and hear the questions I get !

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
Unproven to be poisonous to bears. Just a way to ban baiting. If it were poisonous or toxic, no jurisdiction would allow the use chocolate for bears. I have pics of bears eating chocolate M&M's, etc. Same bears are still hitting baits 2 years later. Also, dogs are not to eat raisons as they are toxic to them.... bears love raisons!!!

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
Back in the 70's and 80's we use to use suckers. When we got the Spring hunt back the OMNRF compliance Specialist (Dryden) said no more to dip netting suckers.

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
Chris...... I’m no biologist..... but I’m pretty sure the ban on chocolate was based on a couple of dead cubs found near bait piles that died from chocolate. I think the darker the chocolate.... like pure cocoa..... the more dangerous it is supposed to be.... most especially to cubs.

Michigan is in no way trying to outlaw baiting for bears at this time. We fought that battle back in the 90’s and won..... keeping baiting and hounds for bears legal. The Michigan Bear Hunters Association was in favor of the chocolate ban. Peace.

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
I would think that if there was any basis to their theory, proven theory, other jurisdictions would have jumped on the band wagon instantly.... they did not!! Much of Lucky Seven Bear Bait has chocolate in it some how. Was there an actually case study done on the dead bear cub Chris??

01-Feb-20
Haha, funny stuff, all the random advice. Just buy from lucky 7, whatever he recommends and he knows all the border issues. No problems.

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
I’ll have to look for the information on it. I’m a member of Michigan Bear Hunters.... The ban has only been for the last few years.....

From: spike buck
01-Feb-20
Big Bear, I just googled it. Your correct!!! Back in 2014 there were 4 bears found dead in New Hampshire. They had a high level of an ingredient called Theobromine. Study says most bears will stay away from the most bitter chocolate, they just go to another food source. New Hampshire banned the use of Chocolate in baiting bears also.

From: BIG BEAR
01-Feb-20
Bingo. I knew that I wasn’t full of crap.... ha !!!! Like I said.... I believe it was the darkest and purest chocolate that was found to be dangerous...... but The Michigan Bear Hunters Association was proactive and promoted a ban on all chocolates in our baits to protect our bears. It might be a bit extreme.... because a chocolate covered glazed donut might not pose a threat....... But the stance was that it’s better to be proactive and safe than be sorry.......

From: Shiras42
02-Feb-20
Thanks for the tips. Lucky 7 seems to have the best supply, but it is really out of the way. I will get in contact with them about getting some when we go through Dryden to see if we can work something out. Thanks again!

From: Elite 1
03-Feb-20
If your close to Little Falls wildwood baits Has a great selection and good bait worth a stop.

From: Ambush
03-Feb-20
Hmmm. If I'd known years ago that dark chocolate killed bears, there'd be way more moose where I hunt.

From: APauls
04-Feb-20
Depends what you want to spend. There are lots of places to buy grains for cheaper than what I've heard Lucky 7 has for bear bait, but from what I understand it is top notch bear bait. Feed Rite is one place to buy in Winnipeg right on a major highway. You can buy your 60-30-10 or Oats/Molasses and Corn/Molasses bags there.

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