It’s against the law to hunt bear over bait in West Virginia.
Is it illegal to bait a bear?
Bear baiting is banned in 18 of the 28 states that allow bear hunting. It persists… in Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. For instance, in Wisconsin in 2002, hunters killed 2,415 bears; those using bait accounted for 1,720 of the kills.
What states allow bear baiting?
In the U.S., 11 states allow hunting black bears over bait. Baiting is restricted to archery hunters in Utah. Other states where baiting is allowed are Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Can you bait black bear?
Bears will eat just about anything. Depending on your budget, or if you get a hookup, your bait can vary. We have found that breads, donuts, dog food, and popcorn all seem to work great and can be fairly easy to get your hands on.
Can you shoot a bear over bait?
To the uninitiated, shooting bears over bait is simple, perhaps even boring. But, it can be one of the most challenging and exciting hunts there is. A black bear has a sense of smell that is seven times better than a bloodhound, meaning it can smell from miles away.
Why is bear baiting illegal?
The potential for disease and parasite transmission between species, especially rabies, rises. Baiting is considered unsporting, even among many sportsmen, because it is not “fair chase,” the cornerstone of ethical hunting.
Why is bear baiting allowed?
In Alberta, black bears are managed using hunting seasons to provide recreational opportunities for the public and to help reduce conflicts. Hunting seasons occur during both the spring and fall, with additional allowances for harvest outside of these time periods on private land.
What to do with a bear after you shoot it?
Get a lot of fine salt on the hide as quickly as possible, if you are planning to keep it. This will help set the fur and make for a better mount. DON’T put the hide in a plastic bag or container! If possible and legal where you’re hunting, skin the bear on the spot, then quarter it and remove the loins.
Will bacon grease attract bears?
Here are a few tips that will really get the bait fired up. All year long I save used cooking oil, bacon grease, hamburger grease and so forth. We deep fry a lot of fish at our house and the used vegetable oil smells pretty good to a bear, especially when mixed with bacon grease.