Bear Hunting Permit
The fee for this permit is $27.00* for residents and $74.00* for nonresidents and aliens. During the firearms season on deer, nonresidents and aliens are required to obtain a permit to hunt bear. The fee for this permit is $40.00. Although this permit is not required to trap for bear, you do need a trapping license and a bear trapping permit to trap for bear.
*plus agent fee
Bait may not be used to hunt for bear from September 24, 2012 to November 24, 2012. Hunting with the use of bait is defined as hunting from an observation stand, blind or other location which overlooks any bait or food except standing crops and foods that have been left as a result of normal agricultural operations or natural occurrence. “Bear Bait” means any animal or plant, or derivative of an animal or plant, used to attract bear. “Bear bait” does not include any packaging or container materials that fall within the definition of litter under Title 17, §2263.
Bait may not be placed to entice, hunt or trap black bear unless:
- The bait is placed at least 50 yards from any travel way that is accessible by a conventional 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle;
- The observation stand, blind, or bait area is plainly labeled with a 2 inch by 4 inch tag with the name and address of the baiter;
- The bait is placed more than 500 yards from any solid waste disposal site or campground;
- The bait is placed more than 500 yards from an occupied dwelling, unless written permission is granted by the owner or leasee;
- Although bait can be used to assist dog hunters & trappers after the bait season closes, it is illegal to shoot a bear over bait after Sept. 22nd;
- The bait areas will be cleaned up by November 10th as defined by the State litter laws; and
- The person hunting from any stand or blind of another person has permission of the owner of that stand or blind.
- Landowner permission (oral or in writing) is required to place bait on another person’s land.
A permit is required from the Bureau of Parks and Lands, (207) 287-3821, to place bait on Public Reserved Land for the purpose of hunting bear. Baiting of animals is prohibited in State Parks and Historic Sites.
Bear Hunting Prohibitions
- Dogs may not be used to hunt bear during the open firearm season on deer.
- No more than 6 dogs may be used at any one time to hunt for bear.
- Nonresidents may not use a dog or dogs to hunt for bear unless they employ and hunt with a resident Maine guide. (This section does not apply to nonresidents who hold a valid Maine guide license — they may hunt bear with the use of dogs themselves and guide residents but not nonresidents.) The total number of clients with a licensed guide may not be more than five.
- You may not kill or wound a bear that is treed or held at bay by another person’s dog or dogs unless you have permission from the person conducting the hunt.
- You may not hunt or trap bear or release dogs to hunt for bear within 500 yards from sites permitted or licensed for the disposal of solid waste.
- Prior to registration, bears may be cut up for ease of transportation, but all parts of the bear (except for the viscera and rib cage) must be presented and in such a manner that the sex of the animal can be determined.
- It is unlawful to hunt bear after having killed and registered two (one by hunting, one by trapping) during the open season of that calendar year.
- Gift bear may not be possessed unless each part is clearly labeled with the name and address of the person who registered the animal and the year in which it was registered.
- For information on buying, selling or bartering animals, see General Hunting Provisions.
- For information on tracking wounded bear see details on the Leashed Dog Tracking License.
NOTE: Hunters are required to remove a premolar tooth from the bear they harvest and provide the tooth when they register their bear. Hunters will receive instructions at the registration station or can go online. Hunters will be notified of the age of the bear they harvested on the Bear Hunting Page on the Department’s website