Western Maine DIY bear hunt/trapping fun.

Pine-lock

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I just got back from a week at camp.
Trapping bears has been a learning experience for me. I tagged along while Shooterbuck did it a hand full of times and with Maine changing up the prices and licensing process I figured it was my turn to give it a try.
We started baits in early August. One on our own property and 2 others on spots we have or don’t need permission. Bear activity was good but as usual the big ones came at night.

Friday before Labor Day my brother and a friend hunted 2 of the sites. Our friend bumped a bear off the bait on his way in. A few hours later it came back and he gave it a warning shot. He ended up shooting a branch that was part of the makeshift blind. Hopes were still we’re still high going into the next few days.

Saturday before Labor Day I dug in my trap. I had a close call on a small bear night one. Our friend had a sighting but didn’t have a shot opportunity.
I had an even a closer call on a big bear night 2. I’ll try to load a video of that. The site died for a few nights after that.

All was quiet till Friday. The site I was trapping was showing some daylight activity so I decided to sit and see if one would show. After a warm few hours in the stand, around 5:45, a smaller bear came in and I decided that was good enough for me after some long boring sits the past few nights. One shot from my 06 and she was down within a few steps of the barrel. My dad came and we took some pictures and made quick work dragging back to camp.
After getting cleaned up a text came in from my brother. He’d also shot one. My dad and I loaded up a jet sled and some flashlights and headed over to help. No tracking was needed. A medium size sow had come in just before 7. Likely the one our friend missed earlier in the week. One shot from his .280ai did the trick and she piled up within 30 yards.
It was getting dark by the time my dads and I showed up to help drag. This spot required a tricky brook crossing to get the bear out. We were able to float a sled across and it ended up easier than expected. And we all managed to stay dry.
a half mile drag back uphill to the truck and we headed back to camp. All the local check stations had closed for the night so we made use of our homemade walk-in fridge. Bears hung at a chilly 36° for the night.
The next morning we made a quick run to check them in and got to butchering.

No luck so far trapping but I’ll get a few more days in before the end of the season. I’ll also be getting out this Friday and Saturday with my son to try and get him one over hounds.
 

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