Big Game Hunting
Wisconsin Bear Hunting
Ok, I will bite on this one. I baited the Saturday before Opener. I come back on Tuesday, the day before opening day and there was nothing left from a few days ago. We rebait , come back the opening afternoon and it was not touched. I never had that happen before. We come back Thurs. morning to put more bait down and to my amazement it still was not touched.We decided no to hunt Thurs cause it was 81 degrees, and the wind was blowing from the south east and a terrible wind for that spot. We did the right thing cause Friday afternoon it still was not touched. We hunted in the pouring rain for 2 hrs. 15 min. with very little drizzle. We were soaked through the rain jackets. Despite it being 58 degrees, were were darn cold. We saw a bear that paced back and forth about 70 yds. and it was really big. I know it was big , so big that when I saw it I said "Oh My God", and meant it literally. We waited 45 minutes and left with little regret and did the right thing again. The bait got hit but doubt it was the same bear. We are sure the huge boar sent the littler bears running. Saturday was the day we were waiting for, perfect 5 mph NW wind and 64 degrees and a slight drizzle for a minute here and there. We get there and the bait was hit . The cam said the bait got hit at 4:30 AM though, but by then, I will gladly take it . We sat 5 hrs. and didnt see anything. I was quite sure we would see a bear that night. Yes, I want a bear, but if I dont get one, I will still be 3 for 5 , but I could be 4 for 4 had I not passed a little one years back. No shame in that. Also, I want a bear , I don't need a bear . I have never grown a 3rd nut after shooting a bear, a deer or catching a big fish. I might go up Friday night if weather is decent, if not I am taking 4 days on the last weekend and will enjoy a nice fall hunt. ANother thing, on the 1st day, we saw a really big deer. It was in the Flambeau River State Forest and seeing a deer is special. It was so big, I am not sure it was a deer , and may have been an small elk. It was that big.
I had my baits go cold as well. Lasted about three weeks, very discouraging But they picked backup in the last week. Acorns were dropping, berries and sweet corn ripening and lots of mushrooms popping up. Could be many different reasons. An experienced bear hunter told me keep at it that they'd come back. And they did. Northern Langlade county.
This is one of the bears at the bait my nephew will be hunting in zone C. The guide said that the baits have been going well all summer with even a little more so the last week or so. There are 2 small ones, a nicer one and this one at this bait. My brother and I both got one last year on this bait, so we are hoping for my nephew to have good luck there to. The guide has 5 hunters this year,3 in C and 2 in B. My brother and I are going up opening day to help out the guide.