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Dead North Adventures Bear hunting packages give you an excellent opportunity to harvest a big game trophy animal in the Northern Maine Woods.




Bear over Bait/Trapping Season 2023 (August 28 – September 23):

1st week Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2023

2nd week Sept 3 – Sept 9, 2023

3rd week Sept 10 – Sept 16, 2023

4th week Sept 17 – Sept 23, 2023

Bear Over Bait Hunt: $2600/Hunter (plus tax)

Trapping ONLY Hunt: $2600/Hunter (plus tax)

(Bait season is August 28-September 23, 2023; Bear trapping season is September 1-October 31, 2023)

Non-Hunting Obs: $1300/Person (plus tax)

Non-Hunting Guest: $1000/Person (plus tax)

Pick up from Presque Isle airport: $150 (round trip)

**Pricing is subject to change without notice**





3-Day hunt -- $750

6-Day hunt -- $1500

**Use of one of our active bait sites with supplied bait, NO FOOD OR LODGING**


“Have you ever considered the thrill of hunting two Bears within the same week?? In Maine, you can pursue one Bear through various hunting methods (Bait and stalk Hunting) and another through trapping.”

Outpost Off-Site Lodging Without Food - $2000


  • Ideal for big groups.

  • Each off-site unit needs to be filled to maintain cost efficiency.

  • If you do not have a large group, you will be placed with others to fill an outpost.


Outpost Tent Onsite With Food - $2300

  • Includes a 5-day hunt.

  • 3 meals a day under a 30x30 event tent.

  • Accommodation in tents housing 4-6 clients, equipped with cots and heaters.

  • Fire rings are available for evening relaxation.

  • Access to outhouses and a bathhouse.


Additional Option:

Add a Trapping Package - $1000

  • Opportunity for 2 bears: 1 by trapping, 1 by hunting.


A 30% Deposit at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation. (NON-REFUNDABLE) Balance due 30 days before the hunt. ALL HUNTS Cancellation Policy:

Reservation Deposits made are NON-REFUNDABLE Fall Hunts and accommodations are NON-REFUNDABLE.


Maine has a very healthy, stable black bear population, and it’s estimated at 35,000, according to the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  Statewide we average nine bears per 100 square miles. In our zone seem to have a higher percentage. Our region is Northern Maine, a consistent producer of adult bears each season.

As a bear hunting outfitter, we limit each week to 8 to 10 participants to make sure they get a personalized hunt. We have hunted this area for the last four years and know how to get the bears to come in. We manage our bear sites for a sustainable harvest.

 DNA Lodge aims to allow the hunter to harvest a mature Maine Black Bear, dressing out at over 200 pounds. Maine black bears reach full maturity (adult size) at about five years old. Boars will average 250 – 600 pounds. Sow (female bears) are smaller, weighing in from 100-400 pounds. We have close to 100% sightings for each bear sight that we have.

The four-week bait season for black bears varies each year but is typically the last week of August, the third week of September, ending just before the first bull moose week.

Your best chance at getting that mature Maine Black bear is to book with a reputable Maine Registered Guide and outfitter. We hope you consider Dead North Adventures for your Maine Black Bear Hunt.

One of many bears seen 2021 season


There are many Registered Maine Hunting Guides and Outfitters to choose from. Make the choice carefully. Everyone here at Dead North Adventures are avid hunters, and we work extremely hard to provide you with the type of hunt that we would want, when we are booking a guided hunt for ourselves. Here are some things that set us apart from other Outfitters: 

We have a range for sighting in your gun or bow upon arrival, and we have an orientation meeting the first night before dinner. After dinner, we go over what site you will be at, share pictures of the bears hitting our sites, shot placement, how to judge the size of the bear, as well as other tips and tricks.

  • The tree stands we use are certified by the Tree Stand Manufacture’s Association, safe and comfortable. Most do have a seating pad but feel free to bring one from home. Anyone in a tree stand is required to always have a harness on while in the stand. (Welcome to bring your own or borrow one).

  • The bear bait sights have been pre-baited starting in July (when the law states we can); we place cameras on the sites to pattern the bears’ activity for up to 30 days before your hunt.

  • Stands and ground blinds are set up to provide gun hunters an approximate 45 or less-yard shot and no more than a 30-yard shot for bow hunters.

  • Stands are set for left or right-handed shooters and have shooting rails or bow hangers, as needed by the hunter. (Hunter will notify us what they will be using as a weapon on the hunt)

  • We have a rotation of sites so that the bears do not get over-pressured. We are ensuring that our hunters have fresh areas to hunt.

  • Our hunters will be placed on active sights, monitored with game cameras and we have several sites available for each hunter.

  • Our Guides will take you directly to your tree stand or ground blind; make sure the bait is fresh and you're situated in your stand or ground blind.

  • We will field dress your bear and will recommend butchers in our area and taxidermists in our area.

  • All Hunters will be given a radio to contact your guide in the field.

  • We recommend scent-free clothing and bringing scent-free soap to shower with. If you need to wash anything, we can provide scent-free soap.

Bear from Site one 2022

How we run our Bear Hunts in Northern Maine at Dead North Adventures:

Our bear hunting packages give hunters a great opportunity to harvest a big game trophy that eludes many hunters who have spent a lifetime in the woods. The absolute thrill of seeing a mature boar or sow silently appear at the edge of your vision is enough to get anyone’s heart racing!

We have put a lot of thought into how to set up our bear sites whether it be for a tree stand or a ground blind. We can accommodate bow hunters, rifle hunters, muzzleloaders, and pistol hunters. We are able to make both left- and right-handed hunters comfortable and provide a confident shooting distance. Our guide will drive you within walking distance of your bear hunt site and get you settled into your stand or ground blind. Youth hunters can get a hunting license and do a bear hunt accompanied by an adult. At 16 years old they can hunt on their own. We can set a pair of stands or ground blinds together for a parent and youth hunter sharing a hunt of a lifetime!

We will provide 2-way radios to access your guide when you need him. We will come and get you at the end of legal shooting time and bring you back to the lodge for a lovely home-cooked meal.

Dead North Adventures has wonderful accommodations supplied by Rustic Retreat Lodge, and each bedroom has access to its own bathroom. We have shared rooms with no more than three max in each room unless a group has reserved a room. We do have one room that can accommodate a group of four and one room that can accommodate 1 hunter/couple. The lodge also has great menu of home cooked food. While at the lodge in your down time, it is always a great time to tell hunting stories with your fellow hunters/guests. We only allow up to 8 to 10 hunters per week, this will give everyone a chance to make new friends or catch up with old ones. The camaraderie between bear hunters is a very special one! We have hunters that come stay with us year after year, no matter what hunting season it is. You may come into our lodge as a hunter looking to enjoy your time in the woods, but you will leave as part of the DNA Family. Our staff will do everything possible to make sure that you have a great time on your Northern Maine Black Bear Hunt!


Your hunt starts with us on Sunday, with you arriving in the afternoon arrival. We will start your stay off with a little time at the range to make sure your rifle, bow, handgun, etc. is sighted in. Then we will move into dinner with appetizers at the Lodge. After dinner, we will have a gathering to get to know each other, get to see the guide(s) & staff, and also give everyone a run down on what to expect for the week. As well as answer any questions you may have. This meeting is informative, and you should find it helpful for your week ahead.

Breakfast at the Lodge starts at about 730am, and while you’re enjoying a nice hot breakfast, our guide(s) and guide helper are out making sure each bear site is freshened up. They will also review the cameras at each site for signs of the bear from the previous baiting. You can spend your morning relaxing, trying your hand at calling in Coyotes, or rent an ATV from one of the local areas power sports.

Lunch is our big dinner of the day and is served at about

11:30 am/Noon. After eating, you will get ready to go out for the afternoon hunt. Transportation to and from your bait site is included. We will leave the lodge at about 130pm and begin to deliver hunters to the sites. You will be walked into your site, and the guide will wait while you get into the tree stand with all gear or your ground blind. He/she will then ensure you are comfortable and ready for action! Each hunter will be given a radio for safety and for when you shoot your bear. So that we can respond quickly to recover the bear. Occasionally we do have a big bear feeding on baits in the mornings. When this happens, we will sometimes put a hunter out on that site in the morning.

Hunting hours end a half hour after sunset every day. If you have not had an opportunity for a shot and are still in your tree stand/ground blind, the guide will pick up each hunter at the end of legal shooting time. The guide will walk into the bait site via flashlight in order to help you exit the site for the night. He/she will also shoo away any bears nearby so that they do not peg a hunter coming out of a tree stand or ground blind. Once all of the hunters are picked up, you will come back to the lodge to a good old-fashioned home-cooked meal and tall tales of bear sighting and of bears shot.

Bear from Site one 2022
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