Maine bear hunting kicks off the fall hunting seasons

For new and experienced hunters alike, going on a bear hunt is a great way to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and spend quality time outdoors with friends and family. The season starts in late August, offering experienced hunters extra time to scout for other species such as deer or moose while enjoying warmer temperatures.

Successful hunters are rewarded with wholesome, locally sourced, free-range, hormone-free lean protein which, if handled properly, is excellent to eat!

Bear hunting also helps manage the population. Maine has a healthy and stable population of black bears – the largest in the eastern United States, in fact. Since black bears do not have any natural predators, it would be very easy for the population to grow to an unsustainable level, leading to starvation, disease, and death. Bear hunting helps keep the population at a number where bears and their environment stay healthy.

Season Dates:
Youth Bear Hunting Day: August 27, 2022

General Bear Hunting: August 29 – November 26, 2022

Hunting with Bait: August 29 – September 24, 2022

Bear Trapping: September 1 – October 31, 2022

Hunting with Dogs: September 12 – October 28, 2022