Bear Bait and Scents

Bear bait, also known as bear scents, bear attractants or bear lures is a great way to increase your success when hunting a bear. The goal of this guide is to educate hunters on bear baits and help increase their success when bear hunting. It’s important to make sure you follow all bear hunting laws in the state and/or country you’re hunting in. This guide was created in collaboration with Nick Hopkins, the president of Boarmasters Wildlife Attractants.

What is Bear Bait?

Bear Hunting Results From Bear BaitBear bait is basically a pheromone or flavor scent used to attract bears to specific locations. Baits based off of pheromones can be used to mimic a female bear in heat or the urine smell of another animal. Baits based off of flavors are used to attract a bear by mimicking smells of foods that they like. Bears will eat all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meats and breads. This makes flavored based baits the most common product available or made privately at home. Pheromone based baits are usually produced by a company but can yield better results.

Bear Bait by BoarmastersThe use of bear scents might not be legal in the jurisdiction you’re hunting in. You should review all local “bear hunting regulations” to make sure you can legally bait bear. You’ll want to also make sure that you’re careful with pheromone bear baits and follow their directions exactly. Pheromone bear scents and attractants can turn a bear into frenzy and make them aggressive. You might want to review our bear hunting tips and bear hunting guide if you think bear lures might not be for you.

Pheromone Based Bear Baits

Pheromone based bear bait can be a very powerful tool when bear hunting. This type of bear lure is designed to attract a bear via their curiosity or sex drive. Pheromone based bear baits can usually bring out a trophy worthy bear. This is due to the fact that some of these baits will get a bear to not only come into an area but also patrol it and chase out other bears. This means usually the bigger, stronger bear will be the one hanging on in the baited area.

Depending on the time of year pheromone bear baits can be even more productive. During mating season when male bears are looking for sows they will be more susceptible to pheromone baits. Bear baits made out of pheromones can be spread on logs, trees and brush; you should never apply to yourself or your clothing. You should avoid trying to make your own pheromone bait, there are several companies like Boarmasters that create an effective, affordable bear scent.

Flavor Based Bear Baits

Flavor based bear baits are another great tool when your hunting bears. This style of bear attractant is going to attract bears based on their hunger drive. Bears are active eaters and need to eat a lot, so using the hunger drive as a way to attract them to a specific area is a good idea. You’ll find that different types of bears will be more attracted to certain foods and flavors. You can lure out quite a few bears, but the actual size of the bear will vary.

Just like pheromone baits the time of year will have an impact on how effective flavor based bear bait will be. During the end of the season, prior to winter bears start to eat more to bulk up for hibernation. Flavored bear baits can be spread on logs, trees and brush; you should never apply to yourself or your clothing. Some hunters have secret bear bait recipes that they make it at home while others can buy a quality product from companies like Boarmasters.

About this Guide
This guide was written in collaboration with Nick Hopkins of Boarmasters. Boarmasters manufactures and sells bear attractants. They are known for their soon to be famous Bear-ly Legal Bear Bait, they also have quality bear urine and other bear hunting products. You can visit their website at to learn more about their products. Boarmasters paid for the advertisements placed on this web page.