Bear Trap by Insights Nutrition

28 11 2014

insights nutrition logo 2People in North America have been hunting bear for hundreds of years. Now there is a new attractant to help with those hunts; Insights Nutrition’s Bear Trap.

Bear Trap in its very easy to use, pourable gallon bottle. Photo: Insights Nutrition

Bear Trap in its very easy to use, pourable gallon bottle.
Photo: Insights Nutrition

This new pourable attractant is berry sweet syrup made with real sugar but no unnecessary chemical fillers. Bear Trap comes in a convenient 1 gallon, pourable container, which is both easy to transport and use. The Insights Nutrition website touts “BEAR TRAP™, the irresistible sweet syrup that Draws ’em in – Keeps ’em in.”

We started several bait sites in Saskatchewan and topped them off with the Bear Trap syrup. I noticed immediately how good it smelled and could not resist sticking my finger into the syrup and sampling just a bit. It was delicious! I almost decided to hoard some to pour over ice cream, but this is bear bait, not Diane bait! I poured a small amount at the base of a pine tree near my stand, away from the bait site, just to see if this product was drawing them in or was it the combination of flavors. Time after time I witnessed bears coming into the bait, then turning and walk directly to the pine tree and lick the syrup from the base. As the bears would leave the area, they were spreading a scent trail throughout the forest with the syrup that clung to their paws, drawing more bear into the sites.

The first of 3 near 7' black bears taken from the same site, using Bear Trap! Photo: Diane Hassinger

The first of 3 near 7′ black bears taken from the same site, using Bear Trap!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

In one day of sitting on stand, I saw 11 different bears come in and sample our offering; most came in multiple times. Checking the trail camera pictures, there were new bear coming in every couple of days and still the others made sure to come in. This was fast becoming our hottest stand.

The morning of the 3rd day, I unintentionally chased a big cinnamon color phase boar off  the bait when I came into the stand. I had a good feeling he would be back for more Bear Trap. I settled into my tree stand and waited.

Just an hour and a half later, a black sow came in and I felt the cinnamon boar would be close on her heels. Not more than 30 seconds later, sure enough, here came my boar. Soon both bears settled in to eat their fill of bait and lap up more syrup off of their paws. When the proper shot was presented, I took my shot and my cinnamon boar was truly mine. Three days later, a 7’ chocolate color phase boar was taken off of the same stand and, yet again, early the following week another near 7′ cinnamon boar was also taken at the same site; 3 trophy bears in just 8 days at the same site! Bear Trap was proving its effectiveness.

The MSRP on the gallon size of Bear Trap is $11.99 and can be purchased at For more information go to!bear-products/c8iv.

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SaskAdrenaline Bear Hunt

13 06 2012

This post was originally posted in the “Ladies in Camo Field Journal”

My Saskatchewan Black Bear. It was all I could do to lift his head for the picture! Photo: Diane Hassinger

My Saskatchewan Black Bear. It was all I could do to lift his head for the picture!
Photo: Diane Hassinger

Wow!  What a week!  I have spent the last week hunting black bear in Saskatchewan, Canada with SaskAdrenaline Outfitters.  I was joined by my husband Dale, brother-in-law Lonnie, and LIC Pat Hendrixon, as well as 3 other guys from Pennsylvania. I would be hunting with my Ten Point Crossbow, equipped with Swhacker Broadheads on Beman bolts.

The first night ten bear were seen, but none were considered shooters.  The next night, Mike Grundmann (the owner) and I spooked off a bear when he was dropping me off at my stand.  Mike said to watch, he felt certain the bear would come right back in.  I quickly settled myself into my stand, and set up the camcorder to film the area.  It did not take long before I was seeing black in the distance.  I turned on the camcorder and tried to keep my heart from bursting out of my chest!  The bear slowly circled the area, before coming in to the can.  I was trying to take in everything about this bear to determine if it was a sow or a boar.  A massive head, small ears, huge body, fairly long neck but small feet.  Mike had told me there was a big sow and boar at this stand, and I was fairly certain that this was the sow.  Then the bear stood up (and up)  Holy Cow was she tall!  I was as close to a heart attack as I have ever been!  She made the barrel look small.  My head was telling me this was a sow, but I still clicked off the safety and thought about shooting with my crossbow.

She looked off to the side and took off at a run.  At that point I looked around to see what could chase off a bear this big,a bigger bear of course!  This one was taller and had a deep crease in his forehead, his neck looked almost nonexistent and he had HUGE feet.  This was the male I was waiting for!  I waited only a few moments before releasing my bolt. I had a pass through but the shot looked a little low to me.  My bolt could be seen laying in front of the barrel, and showed good blood.  I spent the next half hour packing up and reviewing the video to check my shot.  I was slightly panicked because I never heard any death moans out of him.  I tried to call Mike to come pick me up, but he was out of range of the radio.  After lowering my equipment to the ground, I checked the arrow, and saw a good blood trail.

I soon was able to contact Mike, and he and Tim brought the quads in.  They only had to track for a very short distance before they could see my boar laid out in the swamp.  There was no ground shrinkage on this bear!  He was huge.  It took a lot of maneuvering to get the bear into the trailer, since he was to big to put onto the quad.

19 14/16" skull Photo: Diane Hassinger

19 14/16″ skull
Photo: Diane Hassinger

There was no scale, since it had broke during the previous hunts, but everyone felt it weighed between 350 and 400 pounds.  He measured 6’7″ and his skull measured a whopping 19 14/16″.

Each day before hunting, we would go fishing for pike.  We caught lots!  Some days we caught dozens in an hour or so.  None were of any great size, they were still a blast to catch!

The same night I shot my bear, Lonnie shot a 6’bear.  Next up to connect was Dale with a 6′ bear with a skull of 18 7/16″.  This is big enough to qualify for Pope and Young, and was shot with his Bowtech Compound Bow.  Pat took a 6’2″ bear with my Savage Lady Hunter rifle in 30-06.  This was a great bear, and she thought the rifle was “sweet”.

Eddy and Larry both shot nice bears to finish out the week.  We embark tomorrow on a 4 1/2 hour drive to Saskatoon, followed by flights to Denver and then on to Pittsburgh.  While I am sad that my hunt is over for this year, I am thrilled that we have already booked for next year.  Maybe a color phase bear can still be in my future!

Dale’s “Pope and Young” Bear
Skull measured 18 7/16″