2018 Bear Hunting Season: Hunt August 27th (Arrive on the 26th) thru August 31st; or hunt September 3rd (Arrive on September 2nd) thru September 7th.
Hunt in Maine’s vast Highland, Katahdin and Moosehead Region stretching between our Ebeemee Lake base camp, and Mount Katahdin and Moosehead Lake to the north. A six day stay and a five day hunt.
Thanks for a great visit and a great hunt the first week of the season. Brandon did an excellent job! He was easy to hunt with and was more than willing to share his knowledge of bear hunting and the area we were hunting. The hospitality and accommodations were fantastic.
Frank L. FitzSimons, Summerville, South Carolina, September 2015.
Prime Black Bear Habitat with Controlled Access
Bear hunting in Maine’s Highland, Katahdin and Moosehead Region 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. It is sort of the motherlands for Foggy Mountain Guide Service.
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.
This is absolutely awesome bear country located in some of the wildest wilderness in North America. Like much of Maine, this region supports woodcutting of all variations. Wood cutting is a necessary function in promoting quality game. Unlike the theory that a lot of people have which is, “Big Woods – Big Game,” that is nonsense and couldn’t be further from the truth. Feed is the key to quality game along with proper game management. Wild berries and an abundance of beech trees fill this area helping to grow some of the biggest bear in Maine. This bear area is second to none.
Private Housekeeping Cabins
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.
You will be hosted at our new main camp at Ebeemee Lake, where you can meet other hunters, share stories, and we even have wireless internet for those who “just can’t get away from it all.”
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 with other guests. Your party will enjoy the privacy of your own cabin, 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.
My wife and I had a remarkable time while hunting with you. The whole experience for both of us will be remembered forever. Even though she didn’t hunt she told me several times that she didn’t want to go home. The lakeside time was very relaxing for her. When I did kill a bear we both were delighted beyond words. Like I told you when I left, ‘I will be back’.
Michel “Scott” Stirn, Brookville, IN, September 2017
Unsurpassed opportunity to hunt a Trophy Bear
Trophy black bear from the Maine HighlandsWe 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 to assure that the bear never get hunted hard. We then hunt the West Branch Region, which is completely separate from the Highlands, Katahdin and Moosehead Region. 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.
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 success.
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 or Crossbow
You may hunt with rifle, muzzleloader, handgun or bow. Cross-bows are also legal in Maine (additional license is required – Click here for details about the Cross-bow license).
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.”
Click Here for Maine Black Bear Hunting Rates.
Thank you for the awesome hunt. I am extremely happy with my first bear. I can’t wait to come back and do it again. The cabin that you put my wife and I in was very nice. As you know, my wife is particular on where she stays and it was above even her standards. This has been one of the best hunting trips I have ever been on, not only killing the bear but catching smallmouth in the river and seeing all the additional wildlife was amazing. I can’t thank you enough.
Aaron Lehnen, Middletown, Missouri, September 2012.
We also offer Bear Hunts in Maine’s Vast West Branch Region
Hunt Maine’s famous West Branch Region stretching from Moosehead Lake all the way to the Canadian border. A six day stay and a five day hunt.
This bear hunt is tailored the same as our Highlands, Katahdin & Moosehead hunts, except you will 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 is always on. We even offer wireless internet for those who “just can’t get away from it all.” base camp housekeeping hunts.
Return to our roots, our famous Bear Hunts over Hounds
Get back to Foggy Mountain’s roots on this 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.
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.
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