Maine Bear Hunts

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....

BEAR SEASON 2012 RESULTS

BEAR SEASON 2012 RESULTS

17 SEPT 2012

What a fun and successful season we had this year. Again, as with last year, we would have liked about twice as many hunters as we got but the economy is still in the crapper and many people just can't afford to go on a 6 day Bear hunt. Next year is filling fast already so maybe we'll be able to fill ALL the stands.

We had 12 hunters this year all of whom had an opportunity at a bear! of the 12 we harvested 8 nice Bear. 2 Wounded and 2 opted not to take the shot.. 5 of the 8 harvested were over 200 lbs.

BEAR UPDATE

BEAR UPDATE

20 AUGUST 2012

 

Not much to say when the baits are so hot that bears are coming in on me before I even leave the site. My guide Brett and I baited them all again yesterday along with good friend Brian. We double checked all the stands for tightness and we are ready for 1st week hunters. This pic is one of at least 5 bear coming to this bait. All but a couple of the 25 baits have multiple bear visiting. The ones that have just one.....Well that usually means the big boy of that neighborhood.

Week 2 still has room for any last minute hunters......

Matt

BEAR NEWS

BEAR NEWS

11 AUGUST 2012

Hard to think of anything to say about the baits after 2nd run other than wow. All 28 baits are smoking hot and most are being visited by multiple bears. From now  till the opening day of the hunt there is no doubt every bait will be cleaned up each and every time in.

BEAR UPDATE

BEAR UPDATE

7 AUGUST 2012

 

For the 1st time in our history, all but 2 of our baits  were cleaned up on the first return visit ! We knew from the lack of  natural "bear food" in the woods that the Bears would be onto the bait in fast order but never did we imagine just how fast. It is going to be one of the best years to hunt Bear in many years...If you are on the fence about a hunt this year, decide soon. You don't want to miss Bear Season 2012...Still room 2nd & 3rd weeks.

Stay tuned for further updates...

Matt

SCOUTING 2012 BEAR SEASON

SCOUTING 2012 BEAR SEASON

20 JULY 2012

I know what you're thinking...That's not a Bear track! Why is Matt putting up a picture of a Moose track on a bear scouting update? Well I'll tell you...Cause it's not a Moose track either. It's a Whitetail Buck track! 

I found this track while scouting out a new Bear bait site. The spot was perfect for Bear. Everything you want in a good bait site. Bog, running brook, thick Cedar and Spruce and a major game trail running right through it. This Bucks track was on what we call a Moose run. A beaten down trail that is used by all the big game animals. If you look close, you can see the dew claw marks of a Moose track just ahead of the Bucks.I have to admit I came out of the site more excited about the Buck track than I did about the great new bait site. But that's just me.

bear season

bear season

13 JULY 2012

Even though fishing season is still keeping us very busy, my mind is gearing towards the the up coming Bear season. We start baiting in just 2 short weeks! A visit yesterday to 10 of the bait sites showed that bears are already checking for food and reports of bear sightings are way up all over Eastern Maine.

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