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By Dick Scorzafava

All across the North American range of the black bear the best guides have always used beaver carcasses to get their baits started and keep those big bears coming back.  Baiting bears is a science it’s much more than throwing some donuts in a bucket and waiting for the bears to come.  This is the thing that separates the best guides from the rest of the pack, because baiting bears properly is a lot of hard work but the results are rewarding.

Back in my guiding days I would never start a bait without hanging a beaver carcass high in a tree.  I’d pick a spot where the bear could not reach it easily to pull it down and munch on the carcass.  I would try to hang it between two trees on a cable above eight feet so if it did get pulled down I would know I had a really good bear coming into my bait.  In those days we didn’t have the technology of scouting cameras that we could place in the bait area to capture an image of the bears visiting the baits.  We had to set up different things at the bait sight to help us determine the size of bears we had coming.  They were little tricks of the trade that worked but there was always some doubt as to the actual size of the bears hitting a bait.  I just wish we had scouting cameras back in those days because they completely take all the guess work out of the equation.  It makes such a world of difference when you have an actual picture to evaluate the size of a bear and show people what is hitting a particular bait location.

The beaver is a natural food source of bears and they will travel miles to find one, which is a proven fact.  It is without equal the best attractant that a hunter can use for bears to not only bring them in but to hold them at a bait.  The most experienced guides are aware of this fact and that is why they spend so much time each winter trapping beaver and purchasing beaver carcasses from trappers to put in the freezer until spring arrives.

The time and cost involved in trapping, and purchasing beavers from trappers for spring or fall hunts is very costly, especially if you figure in total time and money invested.  Time is money.  If you figured in the time, fuel, freezer cost, and electricity the total cost would be hundreds of dollars and for some guides it could be thousands.

On top of all this the beaver carcass works best for an average of 3 to 4 days until it starts to decay which dramatically changes the scent that is emitted from the carcass.  Unless guides have unlimited numbers of beaver and are using beaver as a food source which is highly unlikely, most guides want the beaver to attract bears and keep them coming back. They want the carcass to lure bears for as long as possible.

If you asked most of the old successful trappers in the country that trapped and or snared bears, wolves, lynx, and bobcat I bet they would tell you they always used beaver castor in their set ups.  They would also tell you these predators are by far the toughest animals to trap and without the beaver castor in their sets their success rate would dramatically diminish.  Think about this for a minute now, and realize that baiting a bear is very similar to trapping and the difference is a hunter sits in ambush at the bait rather than setting a trap to catch the bear.

I have been working with Code Blue over the past two years to develop the ultimate Bear Attractant in Code Blue’s new Power Start.   This new drip bag has the strong attracting power of beaver castor which is the beaver secretions that attract bears.  We field tested Power Start in many locations across the entire North American black bear range under every condition imaginable and the results are staggering.

Power Start actually outperformed a beaver carcass in every location tested for attracting and holding power.  It also lasted for several weeks with the same attracting power because the scent emitted from the drip bag never deteriorated like an actual beaver carcass would.  Every bait started with the new Code Blue Power Start Drip Bag was hit on by a bear before baits with actual beaver carcasses.  The bears stayed longer and returned more often than baits that had an actual beaver carcass hanging.  These results were documented with scouting cameras placed at the bait locations analyzed.  But, the best result was that the biggest bears were harvested over 90% of the time from baits that had a Power Start dripper bag!

If a guide wants to save time and lots of money they just have to hang Code Blue Power Start Drip Bags on all their baits and reap the rewards for all their clients.  The average bear hunter who puts out a few baits to hunt themselves also now has an opportunity to use beaver castor to get the big bears coming into their baits without all the hassle of where and how to get some beaver carcasses.  They are so easy to use that an individual bear hunter can use them and harvest bears just like a professional guiding service.
Power Start Drip Bags can be easily stored anywhere in a dry place which is another added bonus, and the cost per unit is much lower than the cost of a beaver carcass.  They are very compact in size, come with nylon rope for hanging and only weigh 2 pounds.  They are much easier to transport than a beaver carcass.  They will prove to be the best attractant you ever used at a bait location and the results will speak for themselves in harvests.

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