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Maine Bear Hunting – Overview

Guided Bear Hunt Trophy

Maine Bear Bait Hunt – Bow Kill

Boasting the largest black bear population in the eastern U.S., hunters harvest approximately 3,400 of the estimated 34,000 bear in Maine, on an annual basis. Allagash Guide Service conducts our hunts exclusively in zone one, which consists of approximately 1 million acres of quality hunting territory. We reside in northwestern Maine along the border of Quebec, affording us a vast forestland close by. This boreal forest is a combination of wild blueberry barrens, maple and beech ridges and spruce / fir valleys that provide the perfect habitat to support many bear and trophy animals. Maine bear hunting over bait is, irrefutably, the most productive and successful way to observe and harvest northern Maine bruins.

Allagash Guide Service, one of the first outfitters to offer Maine Bear Hunting in Allagash, has been in business for over thirty years. At Allagash, we have been establishing our baits and territory for more than thirty years. Active logging practices allow access to new land on an ongoing basis. Therefore, over the last two decades, we have expanded our hunting territory of approximately 140,000 acres to include exclusive bait hunting rights solely for Allagash Guide Service customers.

Our Hunting Philosophy

We designate two bait sites per hunter, assuring a high possibility of sightings and success. Due to our expansive territory and limited number of hunters over the course of a season, we hunt different regions each week. Not only do hunters get two sites per person, but also they are always fresh and undisturbed prior to your arrival; they are not leftover sites from a previous week. If a hunter harvests a bear on a site, then we shut the site down until the following year; we do not believe in harvesting multiple bear from one site in the same season.

Our guides work closely together throughout the season, sharing information and notes trying to ensure that each hunter is successful. Success for harvesting a bear varies between 50 – 80% each year with 90 – 95% of hunters sighting a bear during their hunt.

Our Territory

We camouflage tree stands, and employ ground blinds to accommodate all hunting methods. Regardless if you prefer bow, rifle, handgun, or blackpowder, we’ve got you covered. Shooting distances range from fifteen to one-hundred yards; but due to the composition of the forest, average shooting distances range from twenty to forty yards. State law allows preseason baiting for thirty days prior to the hunting season; we take advantage of the entire baiting season by checking sites twelve to fifteen times before they are ready for a hunt. Trail cameras, preseason scouting, and frequent baiting help create a pattern of consistent activity, which will produce significant opportunities.

Trophy Bear Hunt

Maine Bear Hunt – Muzzle Loader

Maine Black Bear Hunting

In order to make each hunter or group comfortable, we accommodate hunters with their own cabin or private room. Each cabin has electricity, a full bathroom, a refrigerator, a cook stove, and a television.

Each hunting day begins with breakfast around 8:00 a.m., and we depart for the hunt around 11:30, with a packed lunch. After lunch and checking other bear bait sites, we begin setting hunters in their stands around 2:30 and hunt until dark, approximately 8:00 p.m. Each morning successful hunters go to our photo location in the morning, to take high-quality photos of your trophy.

There are many recreational activities to pass the morning hours prior to the hunt. Hunters who score early in the week can choose coyote hunting, fishing for muskie or brook trout, canoeing. Moreover, many hunters enjoy photographing moose and the stunning scenery of Allagash.

Unique features that make Allagash Guide Service Your First Choice for Bear Hunting

  • A limited number of hunters per week will ensure a high quality bear hunt for you.  We take a maximum of ten hunters per week at the lodge, and only six hunters each week at the remote camps.  You will not miss out at a bear camp that puts a strong emphasis on quantity of hunters instead of a quality Maine bear hunt.
  •  Bear territory management style, we have such expansive territory that we hunt different sections of our territory each week to preserve and grow our population. This practice guarantees all hunters fresh bait sites every week, not just the first week of the season.
  • Our expansive territory also allows us to offer two bait sites per hunter each week, and new hunting territory every week we hunt over bait.
  • Our bait recipe includes a variety of products, including donuts, candy and other sweets. We also use meat scraps, deep frying grease and various scents for attractants. We own a forty-foot walk in refrigeration unit to keep game fresh from warm temperatures.
  • We are local owners that make our living in this industry year round, we do not live out of state or run this business as a hobby.

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