Black Bear Hunts
Black Bear Over Bait Hunts
Maine’s bear season runs from the last Monday in August through the last Saturday in November. Bears can be hunted with bait during the first four weeks of the season, with hounds for a six-week period that overlaps the last two weeks of the bait season, and by still-hunting and stalking throughout the entire season. [We currently do not offer hound hunts.]
In September and October, trappers can set one cable foot restraint or cage trap for bears. Hunters can take one bear by hunting and one bear by trapping. Bears can be found throughout the state, but bear populations are the highest in the northern and Downeast sections of Maine – Tucker Ridge is centrally located right between these two regions.
Due to the black bear’s secretive nature and the dense forests they inhabit, few hunters are successful still-hunting or stalking black bear. Maine’s bear season coincides with both the archery and firearms deer seasons, and during years with an abundance of natural food, bears are taken by opportunistic deer hunters.
We hunt bears over bait during the first four weeks of the season. We focus heavily on bait hunting and not hound hunting because roughly 80 percent of the annual bear harvest is taken by hunters over bait. The statewide success rate among black bear hunters is around 25 percent with success rates highest for non-residents who employ a Registered Maine Guide.
Big Bear Potential
In Maine, there is always the potential to take a very large bear. Each year, hunters annually harvest bears that are over 300 pounds in size. While most bears taken by hunters weigh less than that, the Maine State Record for black bear is 699 pounds, and was taken in 2012 near Greenville.
We offer both a Housekeeping Plan (with hunters providing their own meals) and American Plan hunts (with all meals provided by a live in camp cook). Camps are limited to 4 hunters per week. The cost is $1200 for Housekeeping Plan hunts and $1450 for American Plan hunts, per hunter (Licenses not included) See our bear packet & brochure below for more hunt details.
You will not find a better opportunity to hunt Maine black bears on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”
Bear Hunt Brochure – Brochure
Bear Hunt Packet – Bear Packet
Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet
Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure
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References are available. Contact us with questions or to secure a spot..
Text and descriptions provided above taken from Maine Department Of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife ‘Maine Bear Hunting’ brochure