Maine Bear Season Dates and Bag Limits

Maine Bear Hunting Seasons, Methods, and Limits

Youth Bear Hunting Day

  • WMDs: All
  • Season Dates: August 26, 2023
  • Annual Bag & Possession Limits: 2 bears per year; 1 by hunting and 1 by trapping

General Hunting Season for Bear

  • WMDs: All
  • Season Dates: August 28 - November 25, 2023
  • During the general season, there are no specified daily or seasonal bag limits beyond the annual limit mentioned above.

Bear Baiting Hunting Period

  • Bait Placement Start Date: July 29, 2023
  • Bait Hunting Season Dates: August 28 - September 23, 2023

Bear Trapping Season

  • WMDs: All
  • Season Dates: September 1 - October 31, 2023

Hunting Bear with Dogs

  • WMDs: All
  • Season Dates: September 11 - October 27, 2023

The rules outlined above for each bear hunting method are set to manage the bear population effectively and ensure sustainable hunting practices. Hunters must comply with these dates and possess the appropriate permits or licenses for baiting, trapping, and using dogs for hunting. Additionally, the annual limit helps in conserving the species and providing equal opportunities for hunting enthusiasts.

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