Black Bear Hunting in Maine

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September 28, 2021

The first thing you need to know about bear hunting over bait in Maine is that it is a highly regulated activity.

I grew up in Mattawamkeag, Maine, a small town in northern Penobscot County, where I developed a love for hunting, fishing and hiking through the woodlands that surrounded. It was an early goal to become a licensed Maine Guide and I achieved that goal by my early 30’s. For nearly two decades, I operated a fall bear hunting operation in the Katahdin Region of Maine. By helping many hunters fulfill their goals of harvesting a black bear, I learned a few things that may help you successfully hunt a bear on your land.

The first thing you need to know about bear hunting over bait in Maine is that it is a highly regulated activity. Before you set out a bait on your property, read the rules section about bear hunting in the hunting law book. The bear hunting section in the law book tells you when, where and how a bait site needs to be situated in order to be legal.  Here are a few excerpts from the rules section for bear hunting. 

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