Black Bear

Black Bear

Read the following little story – slowly – because this is hunting with Bait-Masters.

A branch snaps somewhere, but you were daydreaming and can not decide which direction the sound came from. Another sound, was that a branch being brushed aside? Nothing for almost a minute, then another branch snaps and this time you know it is from the main trail, and close. Without moving your head you shift your vision to scan as much of that trail as possible.

You force an exhale as you realize that you have been holding your breath.

The forest is still. No little birds flitting about. No squirrels scampering up and down trees and chattering and scolding unseen dangers. Even the ever-croaking frogs have shut up.

Shadows have been changing shapes and density as the sun’s feeble rays try to illuminate the forest. Night is taking over. But there is still enough light to see colors, to watch the trails that approach the bait site, and to see your crosshairs. You slowly move one arm and bend the hand downward, exposing your wristwatch. Fifteen minutes of legal hunting time remain. Fifteen minutes that can justify sitting in a tree for four hours.

Suddenly a black shadow transforms into bear and a huge bruin walks silently to the bait drum. Small head and big butt, almost no ears! Those are the signs of a big one and you check each criteria. To top it off he has a small diamond shaped white patch at the bottom of his throat and his coat shines as he passes through a beam of sunlight crossing the trail. He is a dandy. Without any hesitation he stands beside the drum and tips it over with both paws. Then he drops to all fours and tries to tear the lid off with his powerful claws. Giving up he rolls the barrel a short distance until the heavy cable stops its movement. He peers into the holes in the side of the drum and picks scraps up from the ground. Suddenly his hackles rise and he peers over to one side. Low murmurs warn another bear that this is his spot, and you hear a sudden crash as the intruder rushes off.

Your heart pounds as your find the safety. He looks away and you slowly bring the rifle to your shoulder, slip off the safety and concentrate on placing the crosshairs perfectly. Through the scope he is even bigger than you imagined! He turns broadside – offering a perfect shot at the heavy muscled shoulder.

How does this all turn out? Come up to Bait-Masters to find out for yourself!

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  • Virtually all of the bait sites are set up for close shooting as many of our clients are archers. 15 to 20 yard shots are planned. Rifle hunters can usually see significantly longer distances as bears approach on trails or move through clearings.
  • Saskatchewan hunting regulations require all centerfire rifle hunters to wear a red, yellow or blaze orange hat and a complete outer covering of white, blaze orange, red or yellow.
  • Saskatchewan hunting regulations allow archers and muzzleloader hunters to wear camo during their hunts.
  • Baitmasters has a complete selection of treestands. The hunter can have his choice of ladder stands, hanging stands and self-climbing stands. Our stands are in perfect condition. Safety is our first concern. Safety belts are highly recommended and provided for each hunter’s use.
  • Baits are checked and maintained to ensure the presence of bears and hunters are only placed on active baits. Guides check and replenish baits daily.
  • All bears are skinned and prepared for shipment to a taxidermist. Hides are frozen immediately.
  • Baitmasters recommends a minimum caliber of .270 Winchester and we highly suggest the use of heavy, premium grade bullets.
  • All hunters are instructed on optimum shot placement prior to their hunt.
  • Fishing season is open during the spring hunt and there is lots of opportunity to catch northern pike and walleys.
  • Waterfowl season opens during the fall hunt and hunters can book combination hunts, hunting ducks and geese in the mornings and bears in the later part of the day.

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