Northern Maine Bear Hunt

 We offer Maine black bear hunts  starting the last Sunday in August. We have exclusive Maine bear bait  hunting rights to 70,000 acres, limit the number of people on the bear  hunt to 15 each week, and always have extra stands available that are  active. We cater to rifle, bow and handgun blac bear hunting.  This is a complete guided bear hunt, all inclusive:  License, tags, guides, meals, lodging, even the tax is included.  Success rates will vary from a low of 50% to a high of 100%; a lot  depends on the weather and the natural feed available to the bear.  Our  year averages are substantially better than the average for bear hunts  in Maine, meaning we are always above the Maine hunting average.  The hunt is fully guided with a maximum of five hunters per guide and we  limit our bear hunt to just two weeks in the season. This means that  our Maine bear hunts are guaranteed an active stand site and that the  best stands are always available. References are available for what many  know is the best Maine bear hunt in the eastern U.S. 

Maine Bear Hunting

Link to BRADFORD UTUBE VIDEO of typical game camera bear scenes

Most seasons we provide 100% opportunity.
Average black bear size runs from 150# to 300#.  450# bear and up are possible.
We did not lose a bear in 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2009, 2010, 2011
Our retrieval rate in Maine is extremely high, as many as 37 in a row retrieved!

2017 year we tagged 15 bear for 19 hunters.

In 2018 we had 100% opportunity for everyone who hunted 6 nights.

In 2019 we tagged 16 bear for 24 hunters, 100% opportunity.


Key features of our Maine bear hunt includes:

  • -Bradford's bear hunt Maine is limited to the first and best two weeks.  Both weeks offer the best of 50 stands, the second week has cooler  weather to trigger feeding and bring bears in more regularly.
  • -We have 85,000 acres of land to operate the guided bear hunt and there are no other bear hunters on  our hunting land. We have 41 stations which means a huge amount of  territory for each site and often more than one bear visiting each site.
  • -We limit the number of bear hunters to fifteen during each week so there are always extra stands for hunters. We continue baiting all active stands through the week.
  • -There are no more than five hunters per Maine bear guide and guides provide all transportation and skinning.
  • -Your  stand is lottery drawn at camp so you are assured that everyone has  an equal chance for any bear stand. Bow hunters are the exception in  that their stands are discussed well before the hunt and designed  according to personal preference.
  • -The  same person baits all of the sites so the regularity of his scent at  the site is not disturbed by other people's scents. Most of the Maine  bear stands are high quality manufactured tree stands with shooting  rails.  They are comfortable and blend into their surroundings well. For  bow hunters and handgun hunters who prefer a closer stand and specific  left or right hand shots, stands are prepared accordingly as the baiting  is started.
  • -The price includes seven nights and six days of hunting, arrival Sunday, departure Sunday.  (Most outfits are only 5 days.)
  • -As we all know, there are no guarantees for a trophy black bear. However,  We guarantee that you will have an active stand that is being hit at least once a  day or every other day, and that your hunt will be treated with our  utmost diligence to assure your success.  You will get a second stand that is equally good if needed later in the week.

Trophy black bear

Trophy black bear