Product Test--The Bear BombGary Gustafson, Bear Hunting Magazine
|The spine shot dropped the bear mere feet from the bear bomb cans|
|The Bear Bomb helped to pull the bear in during shooting light|
|This Newfoundland bear was also taken with the help of a Bear Bomb|
The Bear Bomb--from the makers of The Buck Bomb-- is a family of food and urine based scents that are dispensed from an aerosol can. Bear bombs are well-suited for bait hunting and could also be useful as a cover scent for spot-and-stalk or predator calling techniques. I used the bear bomb on two successful bear hunts this year, one guided hunt in Newfoundland, and one self-guided hunt on public land in my home state of Minnesota. Since the Minnesota hunt was 100% self-guided and the bear bomb was the only lure I used, I will focus on that hunt in this article.
I got a late start baiting for bears in Minnesota, so time was of the essence. I established my bait station on Monday, Sept 17th which is one month into the legal baiting season, and more than two weeks into the hunting season. After two days, the bait had not been hit. Earlier in the year I had been hunting and photographing bears in an area corn field so I got creative and set off a "sweet corn" hog bomb--another product from the same company--as an attractant. That night the bait was hit by a bear. Thereafter I set off an anise oil or hickory bacon bear bomb every time I baited as a "dinner bell" and the bait continued to be hit consistently.
The following Saturday evening I hunted at the bait without setting off a bear bomb and the bear that had been hitting the bait did not show itself. Because it was late September, the days were rapidly getting shorter so it was becoming easier and easier for the bear(s) to just wait for dark to hit the bait. I baited three more times, and then hunted the bait again on Sunday night Sept 30th. This time I wanted to do something extra to help pull the bear in during legal shooting light, so I set off an anise oil bear bomb and a sweet corn hog bomb before climbing up into my stand.
Right at sunset the bear I had been waiting for came into the bait. I was in a portable stand relatively high above the bear and a 180 grain Hornady Interlock delivered between the shoulder blades from my Ruger 300 Winchester Magnum broke the bear's spine, destroyed it's lungs, and put it down for good.
There is no question in my mind that The Bear Bomb made a big difference on this hunt. It was effective as an initial attractant to help lure the bear into finding the bait, and it was effective in helping to pull the bear in during legal shooting light while I was hunting.
The Newfoundland experience is also worth nothing briefly. Bear activity was disappointingly slow, so we began to use bear bombs at the baits. My hunting partner set off an anise oil bear bomb and what he described as "the largest bear he has ever seen while hunting" came into the bait station, sniffing the air. The bear never did eat any bait, he was just attracted by the new, delightful smell. Unfortunately, because he never stopped at the bait barrel he never offered my partner a shot with his bow before he wandered back into the bush. However this experience, paired with some other first-hand accounts (see A Mammoth From Manitoba)and my own experience, provides solid evidence that the aerosol-based scent delivery of the bear bomb is extremely effective in luring in bears.
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