Bear season begins Aug. 31

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Bear season begins Aug. 31

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:02 am

Bear season begins Aug. 31, Youth Bear Hunting Day Aug. 29

AUGUSTA — Maine’s bear season will begin on Monday, Aug. 31 at 5:26 a.m. throughout the state, and this year youth hunters ages 10-16 get their own day on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Last year, 11,345 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear, the fourth straight year permit sales increased, and the highest number of permits since 11,912 in 2008.

While Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists expect hunters to do well again, this year there is an abundance of natural foods compared to last year, and that could impact the success of hunters who use bait, while increasing the chances for deer hunters to get a bear later in the season. ... 29/1402220
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