Maine Bear Hunting Over Bait, and With Hounds, in the North Maine Woods
A gate fee is charged to enter the North Maine Woods
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Maine Bear Hunting with Hounds | Maine Bear Hunting over Bait
We are the premier bear outfitter in Maine. I have been outfitting, guiding, and hunting black bear since 1974 and have done this from Maine, Wisconsin, British Columbia, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Of all these places, the area I outfit in now is the best I have found in any of these places. With everything taken into consideration - bear numbers, bear size and accessibility, this is the best anywhere.
We are hunting over 500 square miles with an exclusive right to the bear hunting. You will not have to deal with other hunters near you from another outfitter or see any houses in this 500 square miles. You will be in the best wilderness setting possible for your hunt, yet have the amenities of civilization at our lodge and cabins.
We will give you the best possible chance to harvest a respectable bear of anywhere in North America. If you have any question of the validity of any of these statements, please contact any of our hunters on our Reference List. These hunters have given us the ok to have hunters call them for information about us.
We have no preference for weapons. Rifles, shotguns, handguns, black powder guns, bow and crossbow. If it is legal, you can use it.
The food and meals are of the highest quality. Not only is there quality, there is quantity. If you leave the table hungy, it is your fault! Our ladies also specialize in desserts. If you are not careful, you will have to let your belt out before going home. There are snacks available in the dining room at any time.
Pope and Young:
Bear Hunting With Hounds
Season: September 8th to October 31st
This bear hunt has a very high rate of success. We are 100% for most years and have been for the last seven years in a row. We like to keep this hunt on a personal level and accomplish this by guiding only three hunters per week, per guide.
The average weight of these bear are 250-300lb each year. We accomplish this by using trail cameras on most of our baits, so we know what size bear we're running, even before we put the dogs out. Each year we will catch several bear in the 400-500lb class. We had one hunter that killed 1,000lb of bear, for the combined weights of his 2006 and 2007 bear.
The hounds that we use for these hunts are hunted on bear eight to nine months a year. We start in North Carolina in late March or early April and go into July for the spring training season. We come back to Maine for the August training season and then go into the hunting season until the end of October. We then go back to North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia for their hunting seasons. We'll stay there until Christmas or early January. As you can see, by the end of the season, these hounds have seen many, many bear. Some of these hounds will see as many bears in one year as hounds that are only hunted in Maine will see in a lifetime. Again, please call hunters on the Reference List and let them tell you what we can do.
Bear Hound Hunts are priced according to your group please contact
Here are some pictures of some of our successful hound hunters:
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2013 Season Images
Bear Hunting Over Bait
Season: August 25th to September 20th
The success rate for our bait hunts is 70%-80% most years. We were down some for the 2007 seasons to 58% kill, 77% opportunity to kill an adult bear and over 100% on sightings. We had 26 hunters see 44 bear. We are usually 90-100% opportunity and over 150% sightings each year.
We have over 500 square miles that we hunt and have over 150 bait sites where we use between 300 and 400, 55 gallon barrels of bait. We have exclusive rights for the bear hunts in this area. We are using trail cameras on all of our baits. This will tell us what size bear are hitting the baits and at what time each one is doing so. This eliminates us having to put you on a bait two or three nights to tell us the big bear are coming in after dark. Each bait either has a camera on it or has had one in the last few days to tell us that the bear you want is on that bait at the right time.
2012 by the numbers:
41 Bears seen
29 Opportunities (Adult)
Here are some pictures of taken with our spy cam:
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also have at least two baits for each hunter that is in the opposite direction
of the bait, so we can assure you that we will have the proper wind direction
for you each night. We might move you two or three times between these baits
during the week if you haven't killed your bear yet, to get the wind direction
right each night.
We use wooden and metal tree stands and ground blinds, all with gun rests if
you prefer. Our ground blinds are Cabela pop-ups that we use with natural elevation
at the bait sites.
We will send you a questionnaire when you book a hunt to find out what you
are using for a weapon, what side you shoot from, if you prefer a tree stand
or ground blind, and if you like a gun rest or not. We will customize your
stand or blind for you personally. We will have these ready, long before you
also have dogs that we can trail up wounded bear with. This allows us to recover
most of the bear that are hit good enough, but don't leave a blood trail for
several hundred yards off the bait. We will recover several bear each year
that an outfitter without dogs could never get. We will make the utmost effort
to recover all wounded bear.
The bear on bait hunts will average 150 to 200lbs each year. We will take bear
in the 300 and 400lb class each year, with the largest being 573lbs. The key
to taking larger bear is being patient and letting the smaller bear go. Most
of the baits that have big bear on them will also have smaller bear and we
will tell you this. Again, if you are patient, you have a good chance of getting
a nice bear.
Bear Hunting over Bait are priced according to your group please contact
us for pricing
Here are some pictures of some of our successful bait
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