"Bear Hunts in Maine's
West Branch Region . . .
. . . A World-Class Hunting Experience"
2017 Bear Hunting Season:
Hunt September 11th (Arrive on the 10th) thru September 15th; or
hunt September 18th (Arrive on the 17th) thru September 22nd.
Hunt Maine's famous West Branch Region
stretching from Moosehead Lake to
the Canadian border. A six day stay and a five day hunt.
Prime Black Bear Habitat with
Bear hunting in Maine's West Branch 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.
You will hunt deep in the most productive
black bear habitat in North America, on nearly one million acres of private and state lands.
We have hunted these lands since 1964. We
know the habitat, and we know the black bears' habits and patterns within it.
The black bear in your territory are
under-hunted, resulting in a growing bear population, with many
stands having multiple bears visiting them.
American Plan - Maine Lumberjack Lodge
You will stay in the
comfort of an authentic Maine Lumberjack Lodge. 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 is always on.
We even offer wireless internet for those who "just can't get
away from it all."
Foggy Mountain's West Branch bear hunts began as a remote tent operation in the 1980's. The tent operation has been put to rest, at least for a while, and Foggy Mountain's hunters now enjoy the comfort of a
a fully restored Maine Lumberjack Lodge. The lodge was originally built between 1850 and 1879, and later operated by the Great Northern Paper Company as a base for its log drives until those came to an end in the 1970's.
This lodge has been designated as an official National and Maine
Historic Site, and features original turn-of-century decor. The lodge has now been fully renovated and modernized.
Private & Flexible Accommodations
- Unlike bear hunts with most outfitters, lodges and
sporting camps, Foggy Mountain's bear hunting guests are not doubled up in a bunk
house or room with other guests. Your party will enjoy the privacy of your
own sleeping room, and the good night's sleep that is important for
a good hunt - whether you come alone, with a large group, with your
spouse or whole family.
Wild Brook Trout Fishing Bonus - Our lodge is located
at the confluence of the North and South branches of the Penobscot
River. These tributaries merge in front of our lodge to form the West Branch of the Penobscot River
that then flows many miles to Millinocket and then on toward Bangor
and the ocean. The river surrounds our lodge and is native brook trout habitat. There is no stocking, just wild native Maine brook trout. In September, the larger trout come up into these rivers
from the lake on their annual spawning run. Their coloring is beautiful and 18"-22" trout are common. Many
Foggy Mountain hunters
enjoy fantastic wild brook trout fishing each morning right at
the lodge or in the many pristine streams nearby. Our guides
will direct you to the local hot spots. Boats are not necessary,
but many will find waders very helpful. For more info, check out our
Brook Trout Fishing page.
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.
One of the key factors contributing
to the high success rate and quality bear taken at Foggy Mountain is
that we never put any pressure on our bear population resource. We
hunt in the Highlands, Katahdin and Moosehead Region for only two weeks, then completely close it down. We then hunt the West Branch
Region, which is completely separate from the Highlands, Katahdin
and Moosehead Region for only two weeks. This assures that the bear
never get hunted hard. These two regions are located in different
parts of Maine. Both areas are equally under harvested, with growing
bear populations, which perhaps provides some of the most
outstanding bear hunting possible in North America.
The tree harvesting in the 1980’s seemed extreme, and the
West Branch region looked like a missile hit it. But thinking long term, Wayne
obtained bear hunting rights believing that if he did not use the region for 5 to 10 years, the place would grow into a bear paradise. Wayne's plan worked perfectly. The large clear cuts have now regenerated and are full of feed and dense cover that benefits all game. Many areas are filled with prime bear food -- wild strawberries, raspberries, black-berries, blueberries along with mountain ash, hazelnuts and a mixed variety of nuts. The area is now teaming with an under harvested bear population. And in 2016 Brandon has added 88,000 acres more to this hunt!
A sure shot and a quick, clean kill.
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 bear's 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
You are provided pre-built, permanent
stands, portables and ground blinds with all obstructing branches
and brush cleared from your line of fire. Our stands offer bowhunters an average shot
of 18 yards. Rifle hunters will shoot at distances of 75 yards or less, and hand
gunners will be shooting 20-30 yards.
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.
Bow-hunters - it makes
no difference how good a shot you are. Unless you hit exactly
in the boiler room with the arrow heading towards the bear's head,
you will get nothing but a wounded animal.
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. Therefore,
a precision shot is essential.
Those of you using a gun have many
options. You do not have to even wait until the bear is on bait for
a good shot. Also, a head and chest shot can produce when combined
with accurate shooting.
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.
Rifle, Muzzleloader, Handgun, Bow
You may hunt with rifle,
muzzleloader, handgun or bow. Cross-bows are also legal
in Maine (additional license is required - Click here for details
It May Not Be Too Late!
"Should you have a last minute opportunity to get away for some quality hunting, just give me a call and I may be able to accommodate you. I appreciate fellow hunters and their busy schedules, and will do everything possible to accommodate you." - Brandon Bishop.
- 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."
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We also offer
Bear Hunts in Maine's Highlands, Katahdin and Moosehead
Maine's vast Highland, Katahdin and Moosehead Region lies between
our Sebec base camp, and Mount Katahdin and Moosehead Lake to the
north. A six day stay and a five day hunt.
We offer excellent Housekeeping
Accommodations in comfortable cottages or
camps. We match your lodging to the size of your party, 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.
Return to our roots, our famous
Bear Hunts over Hounds
Get back to Foggy Mountain’s roots with Brandon's exciting bear hunting adventure. These hunts produce some of the largest Maine black bear taken each year. Become one of the hunters who do!
Our hound hunts are a thrilling blend of hound and hunter skills, with exciting non-stop action. We follow a bear wherever it leads us in the deep woods of Maine.
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.
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