"Handgun Hunting Heaven . . .
. . . A World-Class Bear Hunting Experience"
Handgun bear hunting in Maine places you in one of the heaviest black bear
concentrations per acre of habitat anywhere in North America. Hunter success from our blinds and tree stands over bait
has been outstanding with record book kills year in and year out.
Handgunners are Welcome
Yes, handgunners are welcome in the
State of Maine and at Foggy Mountain Guide Service. Handgun hunting is legal in Maine.
There is no special license required to hunt with a handgun. Your
regular big game hunting license is all you need.
Challenge yourself to make a sure shot, and a quick, clean kill
The black bear demands shooting excellence before
he will fall to a hunter. Even at these close ranges, a precision shot is essential. Your target is a
4 to 5 inch square (boiler
room) area just behind the front shoulder.
The black bear is unlike
any other game you have ever hunted. When hit, he will not lie down
and bleed out like a deer. But rather, will run until he dies -
which could be up to 20 miles. It makes
no difference how good a shot you are. Unless you hit exactly
in the boiler room, you will get nothing but a wounded animal.
And never rush a shot. But when you do
have a good shot - take it. Do not assume the bear may go left
or right, or even to the actual bait. Be positive of what and where
you are shooting...it's your responsibility.
Doug Koenig clearly strives to be the best, so where does Doug Koenig go when he wants to hunt bear?
Doug Koenig (L), world shooting champion, with shooting and hunting
authority Dick Metcalf (R).
Doug calls his friend Wayne Bosowicz of Foggy Mountain Guide
Service. Here's Doug with his Maine Highlands trophy.
About Doug Koenig
- At the age of 20, Doug became the first shooter to fire a perfect score at the National Action Pistol Championships (Bianchi Cup).
- Doug has fired more perfect scores, in the sport of action pistol, than any other shooter in the world since his first perfect score was shot in 1990.
- In July 2003, Doug won the Gold Medal at the Great Outdoor Games in the Rifle event. The best pistol shooter in the world won the premier rifle event in the world.
- Doug has won the Master's International Pistol Match ten times, and has been the only competitor to fire a perfect score (5 perfect scores in 9 championships).
Know your hunting tools
Handgun hunters must know their gun
and what it will do under our kind of hunting conditions.
Handgunners will take aim at about 25 to 40 yards on average. You
are provided pre-built, permanent stands, portables and ground
blinds with all obstructing branches and brush cleared from your
line of fire. The best cartridges are large calibers with
deep-penetrating heavy bullets - either cast lead or jacketed soft
For treestand and ground blind
hunting, optical sights are recommended. However, on a scope,
nothing should be over three-power. Remember the woods are very
dark, and the sky could reflect back from the eye-piece lens when
you're aiming downward. Check out your equipment. Open sights work
well with highly visible contrasting colors - a yellow front blade
with a white outlined rear notch is very good.
Also, handgun hunters should sight-in
their guns downward for shooting from a tree stand. The difference
in bullet point of impact when shooting across flat ground or down
out of a tree can be as much as four inches with some cartridge
loads even at close range - enough to make the difference between a
dead bear or a twenty mile search for a wounded animal. Also shoot
your gun in a level position as you may hunt from a ground blind
Unsurpassed opportunity to hunt a Trophy Bear
We strive to give our hunters the shooting opportunities
expected of a truly world-class hunting outfitter. This requires knowledge, skill, effort, advance
preparation, and experience. Bear hunting is our life, so no matter how you cut it, a part time guide can not give a full time commitment.
Our highly processed baits have incredible drawing
power. They are continually adjusted as bear feeding preferences change. Your bait site, stand and blind are precisely
positioned and meticulously maintained only after our careful study of prevailing
winds, terrain, and game patterns.
A black bear can appear at your stand
and then disappear in a blink. Powerful and crafty, the bear's
trademarks are strength and endurance. His nose is as sensitive as
the most sophisticated radar system. The bears feed and travel
patterns through our thick fir and dense bogs make him a challenging
animal to hunt. Scent and noise control are critical to your
Black Bear Hunting Professionals
Wayne Bosowicz is regarded as the dean of bear
hunting guides. He and his close knit staff of fully licensed master guides
led by Brandon Bishop set the world standard that others can only dream of achieving. And no expense
is spared to continually raise that standard.
Wayne's tip on choosing
a handgun for bear hunting
"For decades, my favorite caliber has been a 41 Magnum, and it still
is. I've killed a pile of bear with the 41 Magnum, but I just think
the world of my Smith & Wesson 44 Magnum Mountain Gun. And that's
what I've been carrying for several years now," says Wayne
Bosowicz, Maine Master Guide. Wayne also owns a 454, but doesn't
have enough bear kills with it, or with the 500 and hot 460, to let
him give an expert's opinion.
Wayne (L) with his good friend, and
famed handgunner, J. D. Jones (R) at the NRA National Convention.|
Prime Black Bear Habitat with Controlled Access
You will hunt deep in the most productive
black bear habitat in North America, on nearly one million acres of private and state lands.
Our prime hunting areas have controlled access - an unparalleled
benefit for Foggy Mountain's guests. We have hunted these lands since 1964. We
know the habitat, and we know the black bears habits and patterns within it.
Roy Jinks (L) of Smith & Wesson and Wayne
Betz (R). Roy is an outstanding person and long time friend of Foggy
Mountain. Besides being a good hunter as shown here, Roy is one of
the nation's premier authorities on handgun history.|
The black bear in your territory are
under-hunted, resulting in a growing bear population, with many
stands having multiple bears visiting them.
Bear Hunts in Two Vast Maine Regions
We hunt two regions of private
lands. Each area has access controlled by gates, as are 95% of our
total hunting territories.
1. Highlands, Katahdin and Moosehead
Hunt begins Monday, August 28th (Arrive on the 27th) thru September 1st; or
hunt Monday, September 4th (Arrive on September 3rd) thru September 8th.
Maine's vast Highland, Katahdin and Moosehead Region lies between
our Ebeemee Lake base camp, and Mount Katahdin and Moosehead Lake to the
north. A six day stay and a five day hunt.
Accommodations - We offer
excellent housekeeping accommodations in comfortable cottages or
camps. We match your lodging to the size of your party and the area
you are hunting. We provide bedding and household equipment. You'll
have everything you need to prepare your own food inexpensively.
There are also several places to eat within easy driving distance.
2. West Branch Region
Hunt Monday, September 11th (Arrive on the 10th) thru September 15th; or
hunt Monday, September 18th (Arrive on the 17th) thru September 22nd.
Hunt Maine's famous West Branch Region between Moosehead Lake and
the Canadian border. A six day stay and a five day hunt tailored the
same as our regular base camp housekeeping hunts.
American Plan - Stay in the
comfort of a fully restored Maine Lumberjack Lodge.
This lodge has been designated as an official National and Maine Historic Site,
and features original turn-of-century decor. What's more, you'll
enjoy home-cooked, all-you-can-eat, lumberjack-style meals, reputed
to be the biggest and the best in Maine. The coffee pot always on.
Tom Fegely (L), outdoor writer from
Pennsylvania, looking at the bear taken by hunter Chris Dolnack (R)
of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.|
All hunts are six days lodging and five days hunting.
The best time to arrive is Sunday afternoon.
A 50% deposit is required on all hunts. No deposits refunded.
PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED FOR RESERVATION DEPOSITS ONLY.
Please make Checks Payable to "Foggy Mountain Guide Service."
Click Here for Maine Black Bear Hunting Rates.
In order to purchase a
Maine hunting license
you will be required to show a previous license from your home state or province. A hunter safety certificate is also sufficient.
When you book a hunt with us, you will receive a complete confirmation
kit including detailed information on equipment and clothing, plus graphic illustrations of optimum shooting angles.
Please feel free to call us at any time.
Click here for answers to some of your Hunting Questions.
Visit our Handgun Bear Hunting Trophy Room.
Read about Doug Koenig's Bear Hunt
by Dick Metcalf in Handgunning Magazine.
Handgunning for Bears
by Dick Metcalf in Peterson's
Hunting Magazine, November 2006.