Boasting one of the largest black bear populations in the eastern U.S., hunters harvest approximately 3,400 annually of the estimated 30,000 in Maine. Conducting our hunts exclusively in Zone 1 with 140,000 acres of bear hunting territory in northwestern Maine along the Quebec border we are fortunate to have such vast uninterrupted commercial forestland neighboring Quebec. A combination of forestland, wild blueberry barrens and beech ridges provide perfect habitat to support many bear and trophy animals. Baiting for black bear is without a doubt the most productive and successful way to observe and harvest these northern Maine bruins.
Our region is also referred to as the North Maine Woods, NMW is actually a non-profit organization that looks after all of the recreational use of the 3.5 million acres in this region. All bear hunting outfitters that operate in NMW are provided a unique privilege of a designated bear hunting area that is exclusive to that outfitter. North Maine Woods not only allows outfitters to bear hunt in our areas but they also ensure that each outfitter hunts within their own boundaries and that private individuals that want to bear hunt have a designated area to do so.
Allagash Guide Service was one of the first outfitters to offer bear hunts in Allagash, we have been in business for thirty years. Many of our baits have been established for thirty years but active logging practices allow access to new land on an ongoing basis. Over the last 15 years we have been able to expand our hunting territory to its current level. Our philosophy of designating 2 bait sites per hunter each season assures hunters 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. So, not only do hunters get two sites per person but they are always fresh and unhunted prior to your arrival, they are not left over sites from a previous week. If a bear is harvested on a site then the site is shut 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 make sure each hunter is successful.
Tree stands and ground blinds are camouflaged to accommodate all hunting methods (bow, crossbow, rifle, handgun or blackpowder). Shooting distances range from 15 – 100 yards, due to the composition of the forest average shooting distances are 20 – 40 yards. State law allows for preseason baiting for 30 days in advance of the hunting season, we take advantage of the baiting season by checking sites 12 – 15 times before they are hunted. Frequent baiting helps create a pattern of consistent activity which will produce opportunities for you.
There are many recreational activities to pass the morning hours. Hunters who score early in the week can choose coyote hunting, fishing, canoeing or bring your camera to photograph moose.
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.
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.
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.