Most state game laws allow the use of liquid scents for a game attractor; yet prohibit the use of any substance as bait for hunting game animals. Scent is broadly defined as a liquid scent for the purpose of an attracting odor.
Anise Oil Extract has long been used by Idaho Conservation Officers for attracting bears to culvert traps when relocating problem bears from campgrounds, residential areas and other places where bears are problematic. In fact, it is such an effective attracting agent that often times no bait is needed in these live traps.
The scent of anise oil drafting up a major drainage with morning updraft breezes is a deadly springtime tactic for black bears, many times taking just a few minutes for bears to respond if they are nearby. Anise seems to work faster than cooking honey, or any other scent-type bait tested.