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  Hunting Bear

Bear season officially starts the last week in August and runs through the third week in September. However, we are busy baiting our bear sites a month before the season begins so we know which are active. Our exclusive sites are located on Maine Public Reserve land and Irving Wood Products land, areas known for large populations of black bear. We typically guide only four to six hunters per week so we can give our guests the attention they deserve. While there are no guarantees in hunting, we WILL guarantee you will be given an active site and memorable hunt.

 
Your hunt will begin as soon as you check in and unpack. There is a tree stand and target area on the premises for hunters wishing to practice shooting from a stand before their first day out. We suggest you check the accuracy of your firearm or bow before venturing afield. You will be oriented and instructed by a guide on the techniques you can use to maximize your chances for success. After a hearty breakfast and lunch each day, hunters will be escorted to their tree stands to hunt alone until they are picked up by a guide at the end of the day. As hunters return in the evening, the lodge becomes a gathering place to share stories during dinner. Successful hunters will find reassurance knowing a guide will assist in tracking wounded bear, field dressing, transporting, and caping trophies for mounting.

Bear hunters enjoying early-week success might want to bring along fishing gear - fall brook trout and landlocked salmon fishing on Eagle Lake is superb!

Trapping Bear

Maine is the only state in the country to allow bear trapping. If you've only dreamed of the experience of trapping Maine black bear, you can make that dream come true at Fish River Lodge! Maine honors non-resident trapping licenses. Trappers wishing to try their skill at trapping black bear can obtain a Maine trapping license through the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A Maine bear trapping permit is also required. We recommend you book early and obtain your required license and permit well in advance of the season.

Trappers arrive on Sunday and once they get settled in to their cabin are escorted to an active bait site by a registered Maine guide where they can set their trap. Bring your own trap or rent one from us. Traps must be checked daily.

Trapper's cabins are fully equipped with a kitchen, shower, and all the comforts of home. In addition to trapping you can also enjoy some excellent late-season salmon and brook trout fishing, grouse hunting, and coyote hunting and trapping.

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Ryan Pyle, Maine black bear


Kevin Bernard & Tim Bennett


Wayne Bennett, 260 lb. bear


Black bear caught on Trail Camera


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