Bear hunting is our specialty! We've been doing this successfully for decades. We are not a large scale bear hunting operation but rather a more personalized guide service. Many of our customers have been hunting with us year after year after year. That means a lot to us and we are proud of it!
You're welcome to call some of the folks who have hunted with us before to hear what they think.
Butch Kohlhoff, Deleware #302-238-0106
Ed Buelow, New Jersy #856-589-3222
Ted Morse, Maine # 207-322-9898
Kent Depoy, Maine # 207-546-1236
Although our hunts are not guaranteed, we do take pride in providing every opportunity toward ensuring your bear hunting success. We have recently acquired the use of an additional 4,000 acres of prime hunting ground for our exclusive use. More bait sites mean more black bears!
The Maine bear hunting season for 2014 is from August 25 to September 6. This is for bear over bait hunting only. Hunting with hounds is September 8 to October 27. We maintain each of our many sites regularly with quality baits starting at the end of July. Our area boasts a large and healthy bear population. It's common to have multiple bears visit each bait site during the season with many trophy bear weighing over 500lbs taken here.
If you choose a bear hunt over bait you will be placed in a ladder type tree stand 10-20 feet off the ground. Shooting distances vary from 10-50+ yards depending upon which stand you hunt. If you prefer, we will set you up in a ground blind which makes hunting more accessible for people who may have difficulty climbing a tree stand ladder.
Bait hunters will be in their stands about 2 pm, well before the bears come to feed. Bears have a keen sense of smell and awareness. It's important to remain motionless. Be patient, they will come. When they arrive it's really an awesome experience to watch a wild bear, you never know quite what they'll do. You may also see other Maine wildlife visit the bait. Hunters have watched Coyote, Bobcats, Fisher, Pine Marten and many other creatures from their stands. Transportation is provided from the lodge to your stand and back, unless you prefer to use your own vehicle.
If you choose bear hunting with the hounds we'll be out the door early morning to strike a bear track either from the truck "rigging" or off a bait site. Once the chase has begun we will follow through the network of wood roads in our area via 4 wheel drive vehicles, keeping close enough to hear the hounds progress. All hounds are also outfitted with radio telemetry collars for convenience. This can be a very exciting hunt and the site of a bear treed or bayed on the ground by the hounds is an unforgettable one. We take pride in our bear hounds and they will be ready and able for your hunt.
Bow hunters, hand gunners and muzzle loaders are welcome here. But you will need to practice your shots. Shooting downward from an elevated position for bear bait hunting and shooting up towards a treed bear for bear hound hunting. Gun hunters must practice also. Well placed shots are extremely important to ensure not losing a wounded bear. The kill zone on a bear is small compared to many other mammals. A wounded bear is usually very difficult to recover. All hunters PLEASE PRACTICE and know your weapon and take only sure shots! We can skin, quarter and freeze your bear, please bring your own coolers.
All Bear hunts are for 6 days (no sunday hunting by law). We prefer you arrived on Sunday afternoon and depart the following Sunday morning. All meals and lodging inclusive. Airport pickup and return to Bangor can also be arranged, for a fee.
A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required when booking your hunt with the remaining balance due upon arrival. No checks for remaining balance.
Dates for 2016 black bear season are:
1st week; over bait only, 8/29-9/3
2nd week; over bait only, 9/5-9/10
3rd week; over bait or with hounds, 9/12-9/17
4th week; over bait or with hounds, 9/19- 9/24
5th week; with hounds only; 9/26 - 10/1
Hound hunts for black bear continues through out October
6 Day Bear Hunt Over Bait $1500.00 With Hounds $1800.00
Awesome Black Bear Mount!! Taken by Kole H. of Indiana 2012
Downeast-Outfitters Stanley Hubbard & Carolan Beal P.O. Box 231, Jonesboro, Maine 04648 (207) 356-5312 or (207) 255-4015 firstname.lastname@example.org