Hundreds of hunters will head into the woods today on the opening day of the state’s bear season.
The season stretches through Nov. 29, with different methods allowed during different sessions.
Hunters are allowed to still hunt or stalk bears from now until Nov. 29.
- Aug. 25-Sept. 20: Hunters are allowed to use bait.
- Sept. 8-Oct. 31: Hunters are allowed to use dogs.
- Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Trapping of bears is allowed.
According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine is one of 32 states that allows bear hunting. Of those, 23 states allow either hunting with bait, dogs, or both.
Last year, more than 10,000 hunters bought permits that would allow them to take a bear, resulting in a total harvest of 2,845.
The DIF&W says 90 percent of the bear harvest takes place during the first four weeks of the season, when the use of bait and dogs are allowed.
Here’s wishing this season’s bear hunters the best of luck.
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