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.Hope this link works.
There were a couple of lucrative spots in Maine for bear hunters last year, and this year is projected to be just as successful.www.bangordailynews.com
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).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.
Damn, and I thought I had it good with my hunting spots! Hope you get to do some hounding this year!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.
Good news. I'm seeing the same thing. Decent berry crop, but poor mast crop. Leaving tomorrow!!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!
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.Good luck. When can you start hunting?
I know you said you have your own spots that you will be baiting in NH, but how will you be hunting in Maine?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'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 know you said you have your own spots that you will be baiting in NH, but how will you be hunting in Maine?
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.Mind if I ask which outfitter you are hunting with?
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.How many bears have you shot?