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    Has anyone ever tried bee hunting (sometimes called "lining bees")? I spent a few hours at it this fall. Haven't found a wild hive yet but its safe to say... I'm hooked! Interested in learning about different techniques, tips, tricks, experiences, stories, etc.


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    John Bachman
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    I am not familiar with either term, what is "Bee Hunting" or "lining bees"? I know of a feral hive near my apiary, it is 15 to 20 feet up a tree in a hole. I am thinking of trying to hive it this coming spring.

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    Hi John,

    Are you using bait boxes? Have you tried scenting for bees? Have you tried tracking from water?

    Clay

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    John B wrote:
    Has anyone ever tried bee hunting (sometimes called "lining bees")? I spent a few hours at it this fall. Haven't found a wild hive yet but its safe to say... I'm hooked! Interested in learning about different techniques, tips, tricks, experiences, stories, etc.

    I have tried bee lining before. That's how I found the hive that got me started with bee keeping. The way I did was by chasing the bees from the water hole to their hive. The is a book called keeping bees that has a chapter on bee lining. he made a trap for the bees Put in some sugar water and used simmering honey to attract them walk out to an open area and set a bee free and watched were it went. Bee lining is fun and it is very exciting when you find your first hive.
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