Hunting & Bear Baiting

Maine Public Lands offer the opportunity to hunt in the backcountry.

Bear Hunting

Information is available from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife including:

  • Licenses and Permits
  • Laws and Rules
  • Season for Hunting and Trapping

Bear Baiting

Is allowed on Maine Public Lands with a permit from the Bureau of Parks and Lands.

General Information:

  • Bear bait sites are assigned, permitted and renewable in 3-year cycles.
  • 2022 will begin a new 3-year cycle.
  • Applications for bear bait sites on Maine Public Lands will be available on this website and through the Regional Offices beginning at 9:00am, Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
  • Bait site maps for all Public Lands will be posted here on June 1, 2022.
  • Completed applications will need to be received by the regional offices before 4:00pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022.
  • Sites assigned in 2022 will be eligible for renewal in 2023 and 2024.
  • Lands Regions and Contact Info (PDF 430KB)
  • Rules for Bear Baiting on Public Lands (PDF 13KB)

Public Lands Regional Offices:


Eastern Region Public Lands
106 Hogan Road, Suite 5
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 941-4412
Heidi Johnson

Western Region Public Lands
PO Box 327
129 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 778-8231
Crystal Wilson

Northern Region Public Lands
45 Radar Rd.
Ashland, ME 04732
Phone: (207) 768-6892
Theresa Spooner