Maine Bear Hunting Outfitter

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by nchunter182, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. nchunter182

    nchunter182 Well-Known Member

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    Just returned from a spring hunt and wanted to give a recommendation to the outfitter we used. Matagamon Wilderness was the outfitter and can highly recommend them if you are looking for a NE bear hunt. They offer both spring and fall hunts. Hunting is done over bait in VERY thick woods so this is not a long range hunt. Shots will range from 20-75 yards depending on where they put you. Both tree stands and ground blinds are used. Would be a good opportunity for bow hunters also as they have stands that are set up for bow hunters. I shot my bear with a rifle at 22 yards from one of these stands. They even have ground blinds that will accommodate a wheelchair bound hunter. The lodge and some of the cabins are also wheel chair accessible which is a nice feature if you are a disabled hunter. The people there are great and really make you feel welcome. Food was fantastic!!!
    There were 5 hunters in camp this past week. 3 tagged out, 1 shot but didn't recover and 1 didn't get a shot. He saw a big boar but it didn't stick around the barrel long enough to get on him. The week before there were 6 hunters in camp. 4 tagged out and one passed on a small bear. Maine bears are not real big but they seem to have plenty of them. I'm told the average is around 150#. My spring bear was a small 130# boar and one I took in fall 2016 was 200#. They have taken +400# bears out of that area and have some nice mounts in the lodge. I saw several sows with first year cubs so the future is looking good!
    Jay
     
  2. muley guy

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    Curious about the date. I am a teacher by trade and cannot get out until Memorial weekend when school is done for the year. Is that too late for a hunt? Also, what rifle/load did you use or would recommend?
     
  3. nchunter182

    nchunter182 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    I think that date would work. The outfitter only gets 12 tags for the spring hunt so only two weeks are available. I was part of the group that went for the second week which started June 3rd. That would put the first week starting May 28th which was Memorial day. Like I said, only 12 tags are available so check into it early.
    I used a Mauser 98 sporter chambered in 375 Winchester with the 235gr Speer bullets. Oddball for sure but I built it to meet Ohio's caliber restrictions for deer hunting. I used it to take both bears and both were pass through shots. I would think most anything would do since this is close up shooting. The previous outfitter I used recommended 308 Winchester or better. A scope with an illuminated reticle is highly recommended. It gets dark quick in the thick timber and seeing a black reticle against a black bear in fading light is tough. It will extend your shooting time some and allow better shot placement.
    Good luck!
    Jay
     
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  4. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Well-Known Member

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    I have hunted black bear in Maine 2 times. One in the Great North Woods (Gated North West part of Maine, Outfitter Foggy Mountain. One was near New Brunswick border in Eastern Maine, Outfitter Spruce Mountain Lodge and Guide service. The Bear I killed in killed with Spruce Mountain was a beautiful bear Large white throat patch and 2 small white strips on each side of the neck. Steve said it was an Imigrant from New Brunswick. If you like to Brook Trout fish, We had a blast with Foggy Mountain every stream in Great North Woods area was full of trout.
     
  5. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Had one in a Ruger N0. 3 worked great within it's limits.
     
  6. Rhino Hunter

    Rhino Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I hunted with Foggy Mountain years ago. The owner was Wayne Bosowicz (sp?) if I remember correctly. I remember he was incredibly knowledgeable about black bears and genuinely concerned about his hunters enjoying themselves and tagging a bear also. Hell of a good man!
     
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    Capt RB Well-Known Member

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    +1 Wayne was great to us when we use to hunt Me in the 80's.
     
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    Pa Grizz Well-Known Member

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    Did not matter where I ran into him Nashville,Vegas or the Harrisburg show he always had time to talk.I walked past his booth in Harrisburg one year and he followed me to the end of the isle and asked me if I was to good to say hello .I miss our talks.
     
  9. Rhino Hunter

    Rhino Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that’s the Wayne B. I know and remember. The world needs more people like Wayne.