2022 Maine Black Bear

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So who is going to Maine for 2022 Fall Black Bear?

Going to southeast Maine for opening week this Sunday! Can't wait!
 

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Hope this link works.

Great link, thanks. They indicated what my scouting showed - a decrease in natural mast this year. My sites in NH are hopping and I don't even have the bait out yet.

I don't think the sites are in Wesley, but they're nearby. Now I'm obsessing over the weather. Looks like Wednesday the 31st might be rainy.
 

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I'll be after them the week of labor day in western Maine. I have 3 baits going this year with plans to both hunt and trap. I'll potentially get few days in October with my son to go after them with hounds.

As you'd expect any of the big ones only show up at night. I'm hoping one is willing to stick its paw in a pipe trap or an Aldrich.
 

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I'll be after them the week of labor day in western Maine. I have 3 baits going this year with plans to both hunt and trap. I'll potentially get few days in October with my son to go after them with hounds.

As you'd expect any of the big ones only show up at night. I'm hoping one is willing to stick its paw in a pipe trap or an Aldrich.
How many baits do they let you run in Maine? Here in NH, we can only run two. I might be able to run more next year by letting my daughter run one of them (her favorite).

Do you run your own hounds, or are you using an outfitter?
 

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No limits other than having permission on the properties and following some setbacks.

A friend of mine has hounds and guides. If he tags out clients early and our schedules line up we’ll take my son out. We’ve tagged along for a few training season runs already this year.
 

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No limits other than having permission on the properties and following some setbacks.

A friend of mine has hounds and guides. If he tags out clients early and our schedules line up we’ll take my son out. We’ve tagged along for a few training season runs already this year.
Damn, and I thought I had it good with my hunting spots! Hope you get to do some hounding this year!
 

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Lots of bear downeast...the Guides have said the baits have been getting hit in good shape...some say that natural foods are scarce but I've seen lots of black berries and fallen apples...best of luck to all hunting them...hopefully a banner season!
 

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Lots of bear downeast...the Guides have said the baits have been getting hit in good shape...some say that natural foods are scarce but I've seen lots of black berries and fallen apples...best of luck to all hunting them...hopefully a banner season!
Good news. I'm seeing the same thing. Decent berry crop, but poor mast crop. Leaving tomorrow!!
 

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Good luck. When can you start hunting?
In Maine, its Monday the 29th (last Monday in August). In NH, its September 1st, but unless I tag out early, I will be in Maine on September 1st, so I expect to start NH bear hunting on Labor Day.

This is one of the reasons Week 1 is in high demand at Maine bear outfitters. We NH hunters miss less of the NH season that way.
 

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In Maine, its Monday the 29th (last Monday in August). In NH, its September 1st, but unless I tag out early, I will be in Maine on September 1st, so I expect to start NH bear hunting on Labor Day.

This is one of the reasons Week 1 is in high demand at Maine bear outfitters. We NH hunters miss less of the NH season that way.
I know you said you have your own spots that you will be baiting in NH, but how will you be hunting in Maine?
 

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I know you said you have your own spots that you will be baiting in NH, but how will you be hunting in Maine?
I'm hunting with an outfitter. A friend/neighbor does have family in Maine that he hunts with, so maybe I'll try to convince them to take me one year.

I started bear hunting, on my own land, in 2013. Complete bust as I had no idea what I was doing, so I floated the idea to the wife "Let me go on a guided bear hunt just once so I can learn how to do it".

First hunting trip was 2014. Been going every year since. Now my daughter comes with too, so costs are double. Believe it or not, it was my own mother who convinced my wife that I should go every year.
 

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Mind if I ask which outfitter you are hunting with?
I am hunting with Eagle Mountain Guide Service. This will be my fourth time there. I've been to a few others, but I think they're my favorite. While most outfitters provide five-day hunts, they provide six, and they're among the lowest cost.

Besides low cost, they're high quality and consistent. The only reason I've gone elsewhere is to try a different area (eg. Allagash) or a different style (dogs).

Until last year, I would also say they had the best food. It was lacking in 2021, so we'll see if they've upped their game. Expect a full report soon.
 

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How many bears have you shot?
If that question is for me, I've only shot one at Eagle Mountain. I missed a big one last year - that was totally on me. A 1" tree deflected my bullet. I've had 100% shot opportunity.

Just got back. We had a poor week, as did many of the outfitters in the region. Not sure why, but the warm weather on Monday/Tuesday probably didn't help.
 




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