Hunters looking for big bears seek this guy's advice
September 1, 2020
NIMROD, Minn. -- This time of year, Jesse Koskiniemi becomes an elusive creature often inhabiting the deep woods outside of Nimrod, a 65-person community about 55 miles northwest of Brainerd.
If you did spot him, it's likely he's on his ATV, which is loaded down with boxes of soft and hard candies, trail mix, peanut butter by the bucket and Jello powder mix packets. You can smell him pass by as he brings with him spray bottles filled with concentrated smells of bacon, caramel and strawberry.
On the first weekend where bear hunters can begin baiting, Koskiniemi was miles from civilization with his son Chase. The two dropped orange slice candies in a pile. Chase used a trowel to wipe peanut butter onto a tree trunk. They took turns spraying scents into the air. Just feet from the bait station was a trail made by bears and a broken branch with bear hair still attached.