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Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" #7940050 08/18/20 12:06 AM
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Spent the weekend setting up 3 bear baits. Normally wouldn't take the entire weekend but doing an experiment at one spot to see if i can reduce/eliminate coon thieves. I call it the "Pinata" as the bears will be batting it around like a pinata. Basically its a 55 gallon drum that can be lifted so the bottom is up to 5 feet off the ground. It will also prevent the bears from moving a shaker barrel on a lead to somewhere behind the anchor tree where they can hide.

Loaded the boat and it ended up fuller than i thought it would but still managed everything for this bait (construction part only) in one trip:

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The finished product:

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Really should have brought a taller ladder as the 6 foot step was a tad shorter than ideal but i managed. Had to use the "this not a step" part a few too many times and also had to hoist myself off the ladder onto the beams to put up the support strap and drill/bolt the cross piece that the pulley hangs from:

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You can just seen the ladder 3 or 4 feet below the beam to the left of my left foot. I brought a 6-pack with me for the day but after one beer quickly decided to switch to water as walking/working/drilling/bolting while up on the 4x4s was perhaps a little sketchy.

The view from about 50 yards down the shooting lane:

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I have no doubt the coons will get onto the top of the barrel but from there the barrel sides are smooth and the feed holes are at the bottom of the barrel. I am also using a bait that won't fall out due to gravity. Had to make the 2 feed holes large enough for the bears to reach in due to this.

All bolts and threaded rod are 5/8 inch, support strap is rated for 1000 lbs working load and 3000 lbs break strength, shackle/clevis and eyebolt are all forged and rated for 2000+lbs, cable is 3/16 inch and winch is rated for 2000 lbs. Main beams and clamp are 4x4 cedar. Once the clamp was set i also added 6x 3/8 inch by 10 inch long lag bolts (3 through the 4x4 on each side of the trunk) to prevent any rotation of the clamp. The weak link in the whole works is the pulley - it is only rated for 700 lbs. May have to change that if the bears get too aggressive.

One last pic that shows hole size at bottom of barrel:

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Because the barrel swivels in 360 degrees any coon on the top that hangs over and tries to reach the hole will cause the barrel to tip in that direction creating a smooth plastic surface at a negative angle. Even if the coon hangs upside down vertically from the top, the bottom of the barrel will kick out away from him

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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940062 08/18/20 12:15 AM
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Said Rocky Racoon to his fellows, “ Challenge accepted, hold my beer and watch this.”

LOL

Seriously though, looks great.

Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940071 08/18/20 12:27 AM
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That is pretty cool and a beautiful hunting spot. It would be a challenge for us to find a tree tall and straight enough to hang a barrel like that.
If the feeder thing doesn't work out you'll have a pretty good tree stand.


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940128 08/18/20 01:17 AM
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Very cool place

Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Biscuit] #7940164 08/18/20 01:38 AM
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Very cool place


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940369 08/18/20 08:14 AM
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Can’t wait to see critter cam pics or videos of how this works.....

Beautiful country....

Living the dream Sir.....thanks so much for posting and sharing with us.....


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940380 08/18/20 09:46 AM
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Cool Hiro, very cool and thank you so much for posting. Mikey up above is likely right though. I can already hear the coons seeing this device and whooping it up.

Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940382 08/18/20 09:50 AM
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Very ingenious idea. Pinatas are fun!

Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940390 08/18/20 10:16 AM
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Neat setup, thanks for sharing and good luck this year up What would be your ideal bear to show up, a big old Boar or ?


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940607 08/18/20 02:06 PM
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Cool setup


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7940612 08/18/20 02:17 PM
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Greatness.


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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7941235 08/18/20 11:08 PM
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Great story and pics to back it up. Always enjoy your posts. Glad you're on the team.

Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Stub] #7941339 08/19/20 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Stub
Neat setup, thanks for sharing and good luck this year up What would be your ideal bear to show up, a big old Boar or ?


Well that's a tricky question. Depends how much whiskey i have with me and how much I have already consumed. In all seriousness though I am looking for a sow or a boar of +/- 250 lbs. They are still really good eating and i can manage getting to and into the boat and than into the truck without too many issues. A sow though would have to be solo though as even though it's legal i won't shoot a mother with cubs. Now that being said if a 600 or 700 lb once in a lifetime monster crossed my path i would take him and you can be damn sure i would figure out a way to get him out. Probably pull the winch and cable off the barrel set up and use a few straps as well and get him to the boat. I always have 2 extra life jackets with me for this scenario - ratchet strap them to the bear, put a rope on him, roll him into the water and tow him behind the boat. At the truck i'd back the truck into the lake until the tail gate was in the water and float him into the box and than winch the truck out. Bear like that would get a full body mount much to my wife's dismay.


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What kind of bait will you be filling the bucket with? How long will it last?

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Originally Posted by Superduty
What kind of bait will you be filling the bucket with? How long will it last?


400 lbs of raspberry pomegranate snack bars. Expect that last 7 or 8 days once they get going on it. I have 1600 lbs of the bait so that gives me +/- a month to seal the deal.

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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7941477 08/19/20 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Hirogen
Originally Posted by Superduty
What kind of bait will you be filling the bucket with? How long will it last?


400 lbs of raspberry pomegranate snack bars. Expect that last 7 or 8 days once they get going on it. I have 1600 lbs of the bait so that gives me +/- a month to seal the deal.



My bad I Remembered g that post, like 15 bucks....or so.

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Re: Coon proof (maybe) bear bait - aka the "Pinata" [Re: Hirogen] #7941854 08/19/20 01:09 PM
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Great post as usual




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