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oifvet
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I got lucky and drew a baldwin michgan bear tag and this will be my first traditional hunt and im nervous. I have 6 bear on one baitt site two of them well over 300lbs. Im using a st joe river bow 47# at 28 draw and im drawin 30. I got some woodsman broadheads. Huntinf off the ground with bait at 14 yds.. Anyone got comments to stoke me up even more..hunt starts 20th [Smile] if I can figure out how to post pics ill put them up of all the bears

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I wish you luck on the upcoming bear season! This is a hunt I have wanted to go on for awhile but haven't got too it. I post pictures through photo bucket but there may be an easier way through the site.
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Link to Ray Lyon's Baldwin Unit Bear from 2008

Here's my Baldwin Unit bear from 2008. I figured it was a once in a lifetime bear from that unit since there's over 2000 guys applying, and only about 70 tags issued per year.

Good luck with your hunt. Bears die easy if you hit them correctly. Your equipment set up sounds just fine. Make sure the bear is broadside or SLIGHT quartering away. Be patient. If you have multiple bears coming (I had 3 at my Baldwin site and two were mature bears), the young ones will tend to be earlier to beat the big boys to the bait and they'll be skittish. Be patient with your shot, once the bear commits, he'll more than likely give you a good shot opportunity. Make a 'V' with logs at the bait site if you can to direct the bear into the bait site so he's broadside. Don't hunt if the wind is bad. The hunt season is usually short (I had two weeks for my hunt period, but I know some are only one week). Better to skip a night than educate one of the nice bears and force him nocturnal. If your hunting from the ground, make two blinds if you can and hunt the best for the wind. Finally, have a plan for the meat. September can be warm and bear meat will spoil in a hurry. Get it cooled off in a hurry. I was lucky in that I had a walk in cooler available and the night I shot my bear, it was 70 degrees out. My meat turned out beautifully. My bear scored 18 3/4 and weighed in at 225 dressed. He barely had any fat on him, so he was a skinny bear.

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I was also lucky enough to draw a Baldwin unit tag this year. I have several active baits going. Placed a treestand on one today. Going Sunday afternoon to put up a stand at another. Both stands will be under 15 yards to the bait. Hunting with an old Root longbow, 47#@28, and laminated birch arrows and Zwickey heads. Two of my 3 baits have been totally cleaned out every time I've checked them since they were placed 8/20, and I have several hundred pictures of different bears. The third bait has 2 bears coming, but only about once every 3-5 days. The baits are about 6 miles from each other. Hope this cooler weather stays around. Good luck in your hunt!
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Hey thats awesome..congrats on drawling your tag. It took me 12yrs to get it. Sounds like you got a great set up! Good luck on your hunt as well. Hopefully we can compare harvest pictures

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Hey thats awesome..congrats on drawling your tag. It took me 12yrs to get it. Sounds like you got a great set up! Good luck on your hunt as well. Hopefully we can compare harvest pictures

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Congratulations to both on drawing a tag. The Baldwin unit has some great bears and I've seen pictures of some 500 pound brutes to from the Cadillac area. Enjoy the tags because it'll take thirty years to get another.

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Twelve years for me also, although a good friend of mine drew last year, so this is the second year we have baited bear. My friend shot his bear the first evening last year. I'm 58 years old, so if it takes 30 years for another tag, I think I'll hire someone to bait!!
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Kstout, with 2, 200 people applying for 70 tags per year I take 2, 200/70 and you come up with a number that's just over thirty. Obviously not all will stay in the drawing, however I believe the majority are waiting it out. There's a page on the dnr website that shows how many preference points it took to get drawn in the unit and how many people applied with their number of points. It makes it pretty easy to determine how close you are to getting drawn.

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I could be wrong and correct me if I am they gave out 55tags fir Baldwin this yr. And I keep reading bout then reducing it even more

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I could be wrong and correct me if I am they gave out 55tags fir Baldwin this yr. And I keep reading bout then reducing it even more

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They gave out 70 this year and 70 last year. Last year Baldwin was the only area to increase tags. I think there were 34 with 11 points that didn't get drawn.
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I am one of those 34 with 11 points but hopeful for next year. I just love bear hunting and try to go at least once a year and twice if I can (spring and fall) but keeps coming up snake eyes for me. Good luck with your hunts guys

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killinstuff, sounds like your guaranteed for next year! Got 2 stands set today in the rain. All three baits were cleaned out today. Only had the trailcam on the private land bait, looked like an average bear, but came in at 6:30, so plenty of shooting light. Saw a lot of bird hunters in the area of the one public land bait, don't know how, or if this will affect bear activity. The count down is on, going to check baits every day now until Friday morning hunt.
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 -  - Here are a couple that I have coming to the baits.
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