Maine Bear Hunting Q & A, Bear season in Mane

Maine Bear Hunting Q & A

Q. What should I bring on a Maine Black Bear Hunt?

When you book a hunt with us we'll send a hard copy of this list to serve as a check list when you are preparing for your hunt...

  • HOME STATE HUNTING LICENSE (must have to get a Maine hunting license) Maine hunting and fishing licenses & laws can be obtained online at: www.mefishwildlife.com  <---Best way to get licenses                                                You will need:   Maine big game license and bear permit

  • Camo Clothing (head to toe)  Leafy wear is good.

  • Rain Gear

  • Big Coolers (for your meat and hide) Recommend 150 qt

  • Warm Clothes (September in Maine can be funny,  there could be frost at dawn and 80 by noon)

  • Cool Clothes for the warmer weather

  • TREE STAND SAFETY HARNESS If you choose...(  WE DO NOT PROVIDE  ) .

  • Cameras

  • Walkie Talkies... better yet a Marine band or VHF handheld radio is best if you have one. Guides all have A 25 watt VHF radio in their trucks. Radios are important, so if you shoot early, you'll be able to call for your guide. Cell phone reception is sketchy.

  • Cover scent, soap etc., scent lock camo suits are good.

  • Weapon of Choice: RIFLE- MUZZLE LOADER- HAND GUN- BOW- SHOTGUN OR CROSSBOW... AMMO

  • ATV, Canoe, Small Boat  -if you choose-.(Maine ATV registration required and can be done on line at the above website)

  • Fishing Tackle (1-3 and 7 day fishing Licenses are also available from state's web site above) You can fish for Brook Trout a remote stream or Beaver pond, Smallmouth Bass or Pickerel in small ponds, or if you're a serious big lake fisherman bring your boat and Salmon fish.

  • COMPASS, GPS, FLASHLIGHT 

  • Towels and toiletries…NO AFTER SHAVE OF SMELLY STUFF...If you are a regular user of Cologne or perfume stop using it for one at least one week prior to your hunt.

  •  Power Strip for your room (most rooms only have one or two outlets)   
  • Some years there may be a few biting flies, a mosquito net serves both as protection and as camo for your face. Your choice…thermo cells if you need to is ok.

  • Shotgun and shells for the Monday morning skeet shooting competition

Everyone has a great time at bear camp. You can see Moose, Deer, Bear, Coyote & lots of Snowshoe Hare. We don’t set you out in your stand till afternoon, so you have all morning to ride the endless miles of ATV trails, Coyote hunt, fish, whatever... All we ask is you be safe. Safety is a big issue for us. We want you to have a great Maine experience and want you to return to hunt again with Eagle Mountain. Be sure to call or email if you have any questions. 


Q. What are the dates for bear season?

Bear over bait season always begins the last Monday of August and runs for 4 weeks. We prefer to fill the 1st three weeks before booking into the 4th week.


Q. How do I get my license's and permits? 

It is best if you purchase your licenses on-line before you arrive. This is easily done at the states web site, utilizing the “ MOSES” program on the Maine inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site.. For the bear hunt you will need a Big game hunting license and a Bear permit. If you are hunting all week with archery equipment ONLY you can purchase an Archery license and Bear permit. But remember, if you buy the archery license instead of the big game license you cannot carry a firearm in the woods.

Here is the link to walk you through the process. At the end you just print out your license & permit.

Buy my licenses and permits 

Note: Licenses can be purchased here in Maine, but it is IMPERATIVE you bring your home state hunting license or proof of a certified hunter safety course with you.  Maine WILL NOT issue you a license without one of these two things. You don't want to get all the way here and find you forgot your home license it's much better to do it on-line before you come...


Q. What are the arrival/departure times?

Bear season is a 6 day hunt Monday thru Saturday. Arrive no earlier than 2:00 pm on Sunday and check out the following Sunday by 11:00 am.

For our new 3 day hunts, you can hunt either:  Mon,  Tue, Wed or Thur, Fri, Sat. Arrive the day before and depart the morning after.


Q. What is the cost of the hunt?

The price for the 2013 bear hunt is $1700.00 (does not included licenses). A $400 deposit is required to book. We accept over the phone credit card transactions or personal check for deposits. Balance is due in cash, check or money order upon arrival.  See our bear page for more info on rates.

3 day hunts are $900 ( weeks 3 & 4 only )

Care of your Bear meat & hide:

Full service butchering and packaging is available just 30 minutes from the lodge. They do an outstanding job with cuts to your order and hide care at a very affordable price. Your guide will take you to register your bear at the tagging station and then to the butcher.

PRICES: ( All cuts are individually packaged and labeled )

Under 200 lb.         $80.00
201-250                  $90.00
251-300                  $95.00
301 & up                 $0.65 /lb.

Sausage available with all meats for $0.30 per lb., Large links are only  $1.00 per lb.                                                                                                                                                                         
Skin Out Head :     $25.00 ( You can have them do this or let your taxidermist do it. It will take up much less space in your cooler if you have them do it. You still keep the skull )

Meat and hide will be frozen and ready for your trip home. Hunters pick up their Bears. Shipping arrangements can be made with the butcher if needed.


Q. What are your hunting methods?

All our hunts are over active & proven baits. You will hunt  from rugged 2x4 ladder stands set up for right or left handed shooters or ground blinds. You may use: Rifle, Bow, Muzzle Loader, Handgun , Crossbow or Shotgun. Most stands are 15 -30 yards from bait. Ground blinds are a bit further from bait site. If you have a climber stand, bring it along if you have room. Placing the seat portion of your climber in the tree above our ladder stand makes for a good set up.

For detailed info on recommended weapons go to our weapons & ammo page.


Q. Can I bring an ATV?

Yes, and we encourage it. Also a canoe or small boat if you plan to fish a lot. Great, endless ATV riding is available right from the lodge. You must register your ATV with Maine. This can be done from the same web site you buy your licenses: register my ATV


Q. What activities can we do during the morning hours?

There are many things to do while not sitting for Bear. The lodge sits on the intersection of 2 major ATV trails offering miles of wilderness riding. You can fish for Brook Trout or Smallmouth Bass, You can also hunt Coyote over one our baits.


Q. What form of payment do you accept?

For deposits  we accept personal checks or credit cards . Your balance ( due upon arrival ) must be cash, check or travelers check. Credit cards are for deposits only.


Q. If I fly in, where is the nearest airport?

We are located 55 miles East of the Bangor international airport. Rental vehicles are available at the airport or arrangements can be made to pick you up.


Q. How many bait sites do you have?

We currently have 35 baits sites covering over 150 square miles of privately leased land in prime Bear territory.


Q. How many hunters per week do you book?

We will not book no more than 14 hunters per week.


 

Q. Is the guide with me at all times while hunting?

Your guide will take you to your stand, bait your site and then leave. All the guides will then do whatever chores we have with other bait sites and then each guide parks on high ground somewhere so that we have complete radio coverage of the hunting area.  When someone calls for a guide, one of us is there within minutes.


Q. What kind of weather can I expect?

Most years you can expect temps in the upper 70's during the day and down to the mid to upper 40's at night. Temps while on stand are generally somewhere in between those.  Maine weather that time of year can be unpredictable. There could be frost on the ground in the morning and be 80 degrees by noon but that's not the norm. It generally cools down towards dusk enough for a light jacket.  


Q. What if I have a question that was not on this page?

Give us a call ! We'd be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have. We can be reached almost any time at one of these numbers.

-207-610-9922 (Matt's Cell)

-207-610-9923 (Lisa's cell)

- 207-537-5282 (home)