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

  • Bear Baiting is allowed on Maine Public Lands with a permit from the Bureau of Parks and Lands.
  • Rules for Bear Baiting on Public Lands (PDF 13KB)
  • Bear bait sites are assigned, permitted, and renewable in 3-year cycles.
  • 2022 began a new 3-year cycle.
  • Most sites have been renewed for 2024
  • Bookmark this page to check for updates about the new lottery scheduled for early 2025.

*** Please send an email to your regional office to inquire about available bear bait sites***
Contact names with linked emails are listed at the bottom of this page.


Bear Bait Site Maps for an entire region are below. Individual site maps are linked in the table.

Map Showing the Public Lands Regions and Regional Office Contact Info (PDF 430KB)

Individual Bear Bait Site Maps (as PDF) by Public Land Region
Eastern Region Western Region Northern Region
Amherst Adamstown Cyr Plantation
Bradford Lagrange Bald Mountain Eagle Lake
Bradley Beaver Cove Hamlin
Cathance Bigelow Preserve Hammond
Cutler Bradstreet New Canada
Donnell Pond - Tunk Lake Caratunk Oxbow Plantation
Duck Lake Chain of Ponds Scopan
Grand Lake Stream Cold Stream North Scraggly Lake
Great Pond Cold Stream South St John South
Keg Lake Coplin Center T13R5 Beaver Brook
Machias River Corridor Crocker Westmanland
Macwahoc Days Academy Winterville
Molunkus Dead River  
Nahmakanta Dennistown  
Orient E Twp  
Osborn Freeman Twp  
Reed Highland Plt  
Rocky Lake Holeb Twp  
Seboeis Johnson Mountain  
Seboeis Plt Lincoln Plantation  
Township 24 Moosehead Junction  
  Moxie Gore  
  Rangeley Plantation  
  Sandwich Academy Grant  
  Sandy Bay  
  Sandy River  
  The Forks  
  West Forks  
  Wyman Twp  

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