AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual season for hunting black bears is beginning with hunters heading to the woods to check sites baited for bruins.
The bear season begins on Monday and lasts until Nov. 28. Hunters are allowed to hunt with bait from Monday until Sept. 26. Hunting with bait is by far the most common method of hunting bears in Maine.
This bear season is the first since voters defeated a push a drive to make it illegal to hunt bears with bait, dogs and traps. A referendum about the proposed change failed at the polls in November of last year.
The season for hunting bears with dogs begins Sept. 12 and lasts until Oct. 30. Hunting bears without bait, dogs or traps is sometimes called "fair chase.''