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.


  • Review all information on this page before completing the application.
  • 2022 Bear Bait Application (PDF 1.4MB)
  • The Bear Bait Application is a fillable form. Please complete, save to your device, then email to the appropriate regional office, or, you may print and mail a hard copy. (Regional offices are listed on the application and at the bottom of this webpage.)
  • Requests for multiple sites within the same region must be on one application. (Maps are posted below.)
  • If you’re applying for sites located in more than one region, please submit a separate application for each region.
  • Completed applications must be received by the regional offices before 4:00pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022.
  • Duplicate requests for the same sites will be resolved by lottery.
  • Every effort will be made to notify applicants of site assignments by Friday, July 8, 2022.
  • As per the Rules for Bear Baiting on Public Lands, sites assigned in 2022 will be eligible for renewal in 2023 and 2024.


Individual maps are posted by region in the table below, or select the linked region in the bulleted list below to view all the maps in a region as a PDF.

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  


General Information:

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