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Michigan 2022

Unread postby Buck11pt24 » Fri Sep 02, 2022 6:43 am

Anyone else hunting Michigan this year? This is my 4th season in a row baiting in the Newberry unit of Michigan. Our group of family and friends rotate when they get tags. We used to plan for all 1st season tags but this year we are mixing it up a bit. 10 years is too long to wait for a tag. In 2019 we filled 2 of 3 tags and only hunted 4 days that season. 100% shot opportunities. 2020 was 3 kills for 4 tags. Also only hunted 4 days and 100% shot opportunity. In 2021 my son was awarded a 3rd season tag on the transfer tag and we hunted 3 days and he killed his first bear at 9 years old. This year we have 4 tags. My wife with a first season Newberry tag and my dad, a buddy and myself all have 3rd season.

We started baiting on the 23rd and it shocked me that 4 out 5 baits that we ran were hit within 6 hours. I have cell cams on 3 of the baits and before we were home that day, we had bears on camera. Our technique is to bait once a week with as much bait as 3 guys can carry into the spot. At one spot we haul in even more due to the number of bears hitting the bait. 2 of the 3 cell cam baits have pictures of nice bears from 3pm - 6am. The other one had a nice boar on camera for a few days in daylight but has since only hit at night and a sow with 2 cubs has taken over during the day. She doesn't come in at night. Has anyone had any luck going in and running off a sow and cubs? Is it a dumb idea? My thinking was to walk in loudly when I know they are there and make alot of noise to spook them off with the hopes they leave for a few days and the boar hits during the day again. Are they the reason the boar is only at night?

Anyway, here are few pictures of the bears we have hitting. Nothing huge but I have 3x this many more bears on these 3 baits. I believe I have 11 bears on 1 bait alone. It just seems like a perfect year. Leaving Friday night for camp for the week with the wife. I'll update when we return.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby dyeguy1212 » Fri Sep 02, 2022 9:19 am

I've got a 2nd season tag for Baraga. Have a family friend that spends his summers up there, so he's running bait for me every other day. He also has a tag, which allows us to run 6 bait sites.

2 years ago I drew 1st season. Passed a small bear day 2, and drew my bow way to early on a 350+ pounder day 3. Ate tag soup.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby ihookem » Mon Sep 05, 2022 11:39 pm

Good idea to go later . I start Wed. Sept 7 and it is forcast to be 80 degrees I wont go 1st season again and would rather see a few less bears and see a better hide . I wish Wisconsin would do 3 seasons. They could hand out a lot more tags and likely get bigger bears and boars instead of sows.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Tue Sep 06, 2022 5:14 am

Thanks for sharing and good luck. I have a friend that is running two baits in Red Oak after waiting 8 or 9 yrs. I think I have 8 points now and would love to do Newberry next year, but because I have a friend/guide on border of Baraga/Amasa, I might do Amasa. I really want to hunt bear in the Garden Peninsula where I have my place (Newberry unit), but I can't run bait once or twice a week.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby Buck11pt24 » Fri Sep 09, 2022 11:37 pm

I’ll post more later but this is what took place 22 minutes after we sat down opening day.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby dyeguy1212 » Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:54 pm

Awesome, congrats!

I've heard more stories of Season 1 opening day success in 2022 than ever before.

A camp down the road went 2 for 3, and they started baiting 4 or 5 days before the opener!

Second season isn't looking as good.. a lot of the bears we had consistent day time action from have went nocturnal or disappeared. Monday should be interesting.
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Unread postby Uncle Lou » Tue Sep 13, 2022 11:59 pm

Congrats that looks like a good bear.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby savageofcedars » Wed Sep 14, 2022 12:17 am

Very cool congrats
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Unread postby 218er » Thu Sep 15, 2022 2:55 pm

Nice work!
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby Buck11pt24 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:43 am

I'm a bit late on my update. We arrived in camp Friday night with the season opening up on Wednesday the following week. Our baits were completely smashed. It had been an entire week since we were up there last to fill the baits and it was 2 days too long and started to lose some bears. My 10-year-old son and I baited early Saturday morning and we went until Sunday night with no hits at my cell camera sites. I let the baits cool down and went back in on Monday to freshen them up again. All 5 were nearly gone. By Tuesday I would say that 75% of the bears were back and all 5 baits were patternable. The bait my wife was set on hunting had a ton of 150-pounders hitting at all times of the day. There were 11 bears at that bait I believe. Nothing more than 200 pounds at the biggest. My wife liked this bait b/c it was a 150-yard easy walk from the road and had a great cell signal. The bait I wanted her to sit at was a 400-yard nasty walk and had 0 cell signal but had 2 250-pound boars hitting every night. She would be forced to pass up a few 120-150 pounders to get a crack at them.

Ultimately season came and I avoided the argument of making her go to a bait that I knew she would divorce me on after we got home. I asked her how long she wanted to sit and she said no more than 6 hours. From having a cell cam at this bait I knew there were noon, 4pm, 5pm 6pm and 7pm bears. We passed on the noon bears and sat down at 2:08. My son was with us and the blind was a little crowded. We smacked a few mosquitos and made a few texts to buddies who helped me bait prior to the season. I told them they should hear from me at about 4:30.

My son had just made a comment on how they just appear at this bait and that we will never hear them coming. It wasn't 15 seconds later my wife started shaking and stuttered "Oh my Gosh, Oh my Gosh!" I looked up and there was a bear walking straight in. We haven't been in the blind for 20 minutes and I wasn't expecting a bear until 4pm. We had to watch the bear for a few minutes and I knew it was one of the average size bears that were frequent here. She made a great shot at exactly 2:30. 22-minute hunt and started to text my buddies who only minutes before got the text that we just sat down.

We waited 45 minutes b/c of no death moan and walked to the bait and saw a great blood trail. About 50 yards later my wife laid eyes on her first ever black bear. He was live weight at 145 pounds. She was super excited and is looking at getting a pedestal mount for her office. At check in, her bear was the 2nd bear at that registration station of the season. The biologist that took the tooth sample said that for the area we were the average bear they check-in is 120-170 pounds with only a few 300 pounds each year. That was a shock to me but also from my cameras and experience the past 4 years, makes sense.

The following day I hauled as much bait to all 5 sites as I could handle and we left for home.

Saturday the 17th I made my way back up to fill the bait stations. All were gone and had been for many days. It took 2 days but I have bears at 3 of the 5 sites. I pulled 2 of them b/c they stopped getting daylight bears and moved them to a different area and added a 6th. I rebaited yesterday and 5 of the 6 have daylight bears. Opener for us is this Sunday and it's looking like we should be pretty successful. The problem we have right now is that 2 of the youth, including my son, received transfer tags last week. So 5 tags in MI late season is going to be hard. I did get in tough with a hound hunter that I talked to last year and it sounds like he may have some openings in a few weeks in case we need him. I'll update again once I get back from next week's hunt. Good luck everyone.
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Re: Michigan 2022

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:05 pm

Buck11pt24 wrote:I'm a bit late on my update. We arrived in camp Friday night with the season opening up on Wednesday the following week. Our baits were completely smashed. It had been an entire week since we were up there last to fill the baits and it was 2 days too long and started to lose some bears. My 10-year-old son and I baited early Saturday morning and we went until Sunday night with no hits at my cell camera sites. I let the baits cool down and went back in on Monday to freshen them up again. All 5 were nearly gone. By Tuesday I would say that 75% of the bears were back and all 5 baits were patternable. The bait my wife was set on hunting had a ton of 150-pounders hitting at all times of the day. There were 11 bears at that bait I believe. Nothing more than 200 pounds at the biggest. My wife liked this bait b/c it was a 150-yard easy walk from the road and had a great cell signal. The bait I wanted her to sit at was a 400-yard nasty walk and had 0 cell signal but had 2 250-pound boars hitting every night. She would be forced to pass up a few 120-150 pounders to get a crack at them.

Ultimately season came and I avoided the argument of making her go to a bait that I knew she would divorce me on after we got home. I asked her how long she wanted to sit and she said no more than 6 hours. From having a cell cam at this bait I knew there were noon, 4pm, 5pm 6pm and 7pm bears. We passed on the noon bears and sat down at 2:08. My son was with us and the blind was a little crowded. We smacked a few mosquitos and made a few texts to buddies who helped me bait prior to the season. I told them they should hear from me at about 4:30.

My son had just made a comment on how they just appear at this bait and that we will never hear them coming. It wasn't 15 seconds later my wife started shaking and stuttered "Oh my Gosh, Oh my Gosh!" I looked up and there was a bear walking straight in. We haven't been in the blind for 20 minutes and I wasn't expecting a bear until 4pm. We had to watch the bear for a few minutes and I knew it was one of the average size bears that were frequent here. She made a great shot at exactly 2:30. 22-minute hunt and started to text my buddies who only minutes before got the text that we just sat down.

We waited 45 minutes b/c of no death moan and walked to the bait and saw a great blood trail. About 50 yards later my wife laid eyes on her first ever black bear. He was live weight at 145 pounds. She was super excited and is looking at getting a pedestal mount for her office. At check in, her bear was the 2nd bear at that registration station of the season. The biologist that took the tooth sample said that for the area we were the average bear they check-in is 120-170 pounds with only a few 300 pounds each year. That was a shock to me but also from my cameras and experience the past 4 years, makes sense.

The following day I hauled as much bait to all 5 sites as I could handle and we left for home.

Saturday the 17th I made my way back up to fill the bait stations. All were gone and had been for many days. It took 2 days but I have bears at 3 of the 5 sites. I pulled 2 of them b/c they stopped getting daylight bears and moved them to a different area and added a 6th. I rebaited yesterday and 5 of the 6 have daylight bears. Opener for us is this Sunday and it's looking like we should be pretty successful. The problem we have right now is that 2 of the youth, including my son, received transfer tags last week. So 5 tags in MI late season is going to be hard. I did get in tough with a hound hunter that I talked to last year and it sounds like he may have some openings in a few weeks in case we need him. I'll update again once I get back from next week's hunt. Good luck everyone.


Thanks for the update, congrats again to your wife on her bear, and good luck.
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