How do you choose a stand location?
This is the most common question I am asked. There are a number of factors that I have to consider when choosing a new bear bait site location. As a commercial outfitter within the boundaries of the North Maine Woods, I am assigned a territory. I may place a bait site almost anywhere I want to within my territory. I stay inside my borders and other guides stay in their territory. Sites are lost every year due to logging practices and other influences I cannot control such as road conditions, so I am constantly looking for new site locations.
It is my policy to keep all my bait sites at least 1 mile apart as the crow flies. A black bear can travel in a 5 square mile area and visit more than 1 site in a 24 hour period, however keeping sites at least a mile apart cuts down on the possibility of this happening.
Back before there were roads everywhere, rivers and streams were the roads and highways across the land. Animals still use the waterways for travel and any bait site near water will have more activity. I also need to think of the prevailing wind which is usually out of the west or north, so therefore most stands are set up facing the west or north. North Maine Woods is a privately owned working tree farm and I cannot cut down any trees so I need to find a natural opening which is a minimum of 50 yards from a traveled way.