Bee Hunting aka Bee Lining
There is an art known as bee lining (beelining) of tracking bees back to their hive. Once found, the hunters of old would mark the tree as ‘found’ and wait till late summer to rob it of its honey. In this day in age of CCD and varoa mites, it is better to let bee trees alone, but put swarm traps nearby (around 0.5 km).
Also, an interesting book written in 1908 when it was considered high art of a craft. Bee Hunting by John Lockard
This is a video on the premise of bee lining.