Maine is the only state in the country to still allow all three practices of bear hounding, baiting, and trapping. These practices are cruel, unsporting, and scientifically indefensible. Explore below to get the facts.
"I don't believe anyone who says you can't hunt bears in the fall when they're on berries or nuts. You can predict where they're going to be, and if you're a woodsman, all you have to do is scout those places. After we prohibited baiting, it took only two years for our hunters to get to the point where they were killing more bears than they were before."
Maine Bear Hunting Reform Narrowly Rejected by Voters
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting expressed disappointment about the election results on Question 1, but thanked more than a quarter million Mainers who voted to end bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
"We are grateful to so many Maine voters for supporting this proposed reform, and we look forward to working with them and with ‘no’ and non-voters to outlaw the practices of bear hounding and trapping, because we believe there’s substantial agreement on that issue."