Maine Bear Hunts

Reaper Outdoors dedicated bear hunt with Eagle Mountain

Reaper Outdoors dedicated bear hunt with Eagle Mountain

3 MARCH 2013

This is from our 2012 season. We had The Reaper Outdoors Survive the Hunt TV show hunting with us. They dedicated their hunt. Here are words from Reaper 01, Navy SEAL Master Chief, Ron Bellan...(above pic )

"Operation Eagle complete. We are dedicating this Bear with a bow hunt to my good friend Mike and all the NYPD at Ground 0. I carried their patch and hat in the field for 6 days. Couldn't have done it without Matt "Eagle1" from Eaglemountainguideservice.com
Check their web site out and book a hunt. Tell Matt, Reaper 01 sent you.
Reaper 01 out


Story from the Maine Outdoorsman

Story from the Maine Outdoorsman

22  FEB 2013

This is a link to a story written by the Maine Outdoorsman back in 2009:

http://www.themaineoutdoorsman.com/2009/09/bear-camp-iii.html  < ------click

5 BEARS

5 BEARS

2 FEBRUARY 2013

I have always wanted to explain the story behind this picture taken in 2002. It is a good picture, but it could have been a great one.

I am sure some people think, Wow!~ that guy shot 5 bear with his bow!  This picture was taken on a cold Sept morning after a great evening's hunt  but no,  Doug did not harvest all these Bear. He is standing behind his Bear in the middle. The reason the other hunters are not in the picture is because we were all out tracking a 6th Bear shot that night ! A 240 lb trophy that we DID recover. When we got back with it we loaded all the bears up in two trucks and headed for the butcher. 

I have always regretted not getting a pic of all 6 Bear with all 6 hunters. But I will always treasure the memory of that best single night's hunt we've had to date.

Click on the pic to enlarge....

Matt

3 DAY BEAR & DEER HUNTS

3 DAY BEAR & DEER HUNTS

15 JANUARY 2013

Starting in 2013, Eagle Mountain will be offering 3 day guided Bear & Deer hunts. We will be dedicating the 3rd and 4th weeks of Bear season for this special offer. If it works well, we will continue to offer 3 day hunts into the foreseeable future. With the economy the way it is, we have decided to do this in an effort to make a Bear hunt in Maine available to more people who may not be able to dedicate a whole week or afford a whole week of hunting. Our commitment to quality services including a personal guide for you or your group, great home cooked meals and comfortable old time lodging  will remain the same. Hunters will always hunt active bait sites.

2 person stands

2 person stands

13 JANUARY 2013

 

Many times we get  father & son (or daughter) hunters... or shooter & camera person hunters. In some cases we will set up 2 stands in 2 separate trees. Once, we even had three!,  a  father (shooter), mother ( video person) and daughter (observer) team.  We actually set up 3 different stands in 3 trees... It worked ! Tough to get a bear to come in that close with 3 different human scents there but they harvested their Bear. There was even an added challenge because Dad was hunting with a bow!

Humane society after our hunting traditions again

Humane society after our hunting traditions again

10 JANUARY 2013

In 2004 Maine narrowly defeated a Humane Society led referendum to ban bear hunting in Maine. Well it appears they are at it again. This time they are going after the trappers and dog hunters of bear only and NOT the Bear over bait hunters. They are also targeting the Sring Bear hunt that takes place on Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indian lands.  We cannot allow this to happen. Share this with your friends and join in the fight to help kick HSUS out of the state of Maine again. I call on sportsmen and women all over the country to help Maine in the battle.

Here is a link to the story that was in the Bangor Daily News today. Please read it and stay tuned. I will update in this blog as things occur. At this point HSUS is sniffing around the state house searching for sponsors.

2009, 2010 & 2011 Bear tooth data

2009, 2010 & 2011 Bear tooth data

6 JANUARY 2013

Here is the link to the Bear tooth data for the past 3 years. 2012 Data has not been posted yet by the State of Maine.

I see quite a few of our hunters names here. Mark Turner..Your monster bear was 13 years old! ( above pic )

http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/hunting/bear.htm

As soon as 2012 data comes out I will post it....

Matt

 

 

 

2013 SEASON

2013 SEASON

12 DECEMBER 2012

The above pic is from the treestand at one of our best bait sites. Only 9 yards from stand to bait ! Hunters see multiple bears at  this site all the time. It's close but the hunter is hidden nicely behind a big Pine tree plus we put our tallest stand here. The name of the  bait is  " Shithole " and it has had a 500 lb plus monster show twice in the past 2 years with no shots taken. We are hoping next year will make the "3rd time a charm"  for the lucky hunter who draws this bait site. As you can see from the pic, all you you can see is the bait 9 yards away, making it a very exciting stand to sit in. ( Click on pic for bigger view...)

 

Record Sow...

Record Sow...

22 NOVEMBER 2012

 

Speaking of state records, here's a sad story...

I've never really been one to pay much attention to records. Of course I know the Maine State record for Whitetail and Bear off the top of my head but thats about it. The record Black Bear ( boar ) as you may have read in my previous blog was broken this year, a 699 lb monster taken by U.S. Army Capt. Matt Knox of North Carolina. That bear beat the previous record of 678.

The State record Whitetail known as the "Hinckley Buck"  will probably never be beaten. The giant ( field dressed ) deer pulled the scales to a whopping 355 pounds. It was calculated that Hinckley's buck had an approximate live weight of 488 pounds. Can you imagine? The year was 1955.

699 lb Black Bear... NEW MAINE STATE RECORD!

699 lb Black Bear... NEW MAINE STATE RECORD!

20 SEPT 2012

 Congratulations to U.S. Army Capt. Matt Knox of North Carolina & kudos to his guide service for harvesting a 699 lb Black Bear! Capt. Knox beat the old Maine record for bear by 19 pounds. Good Job! Maybe they should have sewn up the hole so he didn't lose a pound of blood :-)... I'll always call it the 700 lb Maine bear....

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