Has anybody ever tried hunting honeybee nests with success or know someone that has. I have found a little info about it. One way was trapping them with bait like honey and wax then releasing them one at a time and following them to there nest. Another way was to put plates of honey in two different spots and seeing which direction they fly from each using a compass then between the two directions they should cross one another giving you the area of the nest. I hope I made sense there. I'm wondering if this is a reliable way to get some swarms back or maybe even get some feral survivor stock. I would like to try it. Maybe it is not as hard as it may seam. I guess lots of people used to hunt like this for honey and colonies back in the day. I guess you can cut down a bee tree, cut the hive portion out and either drum the bees up into a box or set a box on it and come back and take the box when you know the queen is in it. Sounds like fun (if your not in AHB territory that is), what do you think. Yes , of course you have to have land to do it on and be able to cut down the tree.
Oh I keep forgetting to ask how far do bees usually swarm if there is viable homes near the original hive. Do they typically stay within a 1/4 mile or so, or may they go a mile or more easily?
Thanks for any info beeks