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hosted by Robert Beal of "The World of Hunting"
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Maine Black Bear & Other Hunting Articles

Warren boy tags first moose in Waldo County since 1935, By Ken Waltz, VillageSoup
Tom's Tracks - Press Enterprise, November 16, 2008, by Tom Austin
Death in the North Woods of Maine - Niagara Falls Reporter, 2008, by Mike Hudson
Sharing the Excitement of the Chase - written by William M. Gesel D.V.M.
Fur-Fish-Game - written by Ed Hall
The Morning Sentinel - written by Gene Letourneau
The Repulican Journal - written by Jason Johnson

2010 Success with Robert Beall of World of Hunting

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Maine Black Bear Hunting

Maine Black Bear Hunting Testimonials

Testimonial from Robert Beall of "World of Hunting" hunting with us during the 2010 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Robert!

When I planned to hunt Black Bears during the 2010 season I knew I wanted to do a fall hunt. When researching fall bear hunts to my surprise there was limited areas that offered these types of hunt. Hearing that Maine was one of the most gorgeous states in the lower 48 I started to look there for my next hunting adventure. This is where I found Spruce Mountain Lodge. From the first time I spoke to Brenda Cole she made me feel as if I was part of the family instead of another hunter. For all you hunters out there you know more times than none you don’t get those feeling from outfitters. Next thing that really caught my eye was cost of the hunt for what they offer and the amount of time hunting with a 90% success rate for bear sightings. When I arrived at the Bangor airport guide Jason was there awaiting my arrival. He was informative from the time he grab my bags until the turning into the drive at the big modern main lodge. Being an outfitter for many years I can tell you it can be hard to be exciting and informative to your hunters year after year. This was not the case with these guys. Lodging to some is no big deal as is quality of food. Well know matter what your feelings are you won’t be disappointed in either of these items.  The quality of bears is as good as I have seen hunting in Alaska, 3 different areas of Canada, and Oregon. All the baits seemed to be very active. The one downfall I see is types of stands. They do offer to allow you to bring your own stands. Do to logging in the areas they are not able to put up the comfort type of stands. I chose to ship my stands ahead of time. All others in camp brought climbers or pop- up blinds. This is a small price to pay for a chance to harvest a great Maine Black Bear. Once the hunt started the guides were very punctual and on time to have you on the stands and ready to go. All guides Trevor, Mike, and Jason worked very hard to ensure success of the hunters. I was on stand for a total of 5 hours when I was able to harvest my first Black Bear of Maine. We had 13 hunters in camp and the first night there was 7 bears shot at. WOW I had no idea there was this many Bears in Maine. In whole I can tell you that this was one of my most enjoyable hunts I have been on. I will be back and I am taking my family along to enjoy the fruits of Maine. Did I mention the lobster and steak dinner on Friday night? See ya in camp.  

-Robert Beall, Host of "World of Hunting"

Testimonial from Charles & Nick P from West Virginia hunting with us during the 2010 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Charles & Nick.

Brenda & Steve, first let me say that I really appreciate your hospitality that your people showed my son and I during our hunt and stay at your lodge.  My son Nick is a real conservationist he saw bear, but considered the animals not big enough to take, so Steve put him on a site, where a larger bear was coming too.  Nick took his time and was ready when the bear came in, at almost dark when he shot the bear, but what was most impressive was that when he shot the bear twelve people came to that site to help retrieve the bear, which made Nick feel special, he was so excited.  I on the other hand did not see a bear, but still had one of the best times of my life hunting.  Brenda your guides Mike, Trevor, Jason were great when it came to baits, putting you on a stand and retrieving you in the evenings.  Also the food your cook did an outstanding job of feeding everyone and making sure everybody had enough to eat, she is an asset to your staff. I feel sure we will book another hunt next year as soon as the hunting schedule comes out, please let me know.  Let me tell you this and I'll close.  My mother passed away who I loved very much the weekend before our hunt, and I was not sure weather I was going to get to hunt, but the Good Lord looked after us and we still got to come anyway.  Your lodge from my house is nearly 1100 miles and I would come back again in a heartbeat.  Thanks so much for your generosity you and Steve showed my son and I, well be back.

Testimonial from Mike hunting with us during the 2009 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Mike.

Brenda and Jason

Just put a bear roast on to cook and thought of all of you at Spruce Mtn. Guide service. As you recall the main reason for the Bear Hunt was my nephew John. It was a reward for his fight with cancer.John had a wonderful time and is still talking about his encounter with the big bears. John just celebrated his 23 rd birthday, this is amazing when you think that just over two years ago the doctors gave him only a 10% chance of living. I really want to thank all of you for the special care you gave  John, he had a great time and will remember it for the rest of his life. He is ready to go hunting again with hopes of getting one this time. John was very tired by the end of the week and the 31 hour  non stop drive home was also hard on him. John has recovered from the trip and is stronger now than he has been in years.

I want to thank you for a wonderful hunt, friendly atmosphere, good food and comfortable lodge. The hunt was the most exciting hunt that I have had in many years. Once again, thank you for a wonderful memory.

Mike Golden


Testimonial from Gary hunting with us during the 2009 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Gary.

Brenda and Steve,

 I have to say that that week of hunting with y'all was a great time for me. You guys sure know how to treat your customers like a part of the family. Steve and the boys, Jason and Craig did all they could to get everyone on bears but sometime it happens where you don't see them. It happens and that is why it's called hunting and not killing. If everyone took and animal every single time they hunted, it would not be any fun anymore. Rennies cooking was great. I never went away hungry from her table. I will have memories to last a lifetime and myself, Bryan and Chris all look forward to next yrs hunt with y'all already. The memories I have will by far outweigh whatever animal would have been taken. They will always be there. Y'all take care, stay safe and keep doing what you do best, making people feel at home. The harvest is just the bonus to it all. -Gary Scheel

Testimonial from Jim hunting with us during the 2008 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Jim

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Testimonial from Mike hunting with us during the 2008 Maine Black Bear Hunting season - Thank you Mike.

Dear Brenda and Steve.....Thanks once again for the great time you showed Rebecca and I during our stay at Spruce Mountain Lodge. Your operation, from the excellent Web site to the hunt itself, was first class all the way. Trevor and Lee were highly professional guides, and I learned a lot from them. The successful conclusion of the hunt following a six-hour chase speaks volumes. It was all we hoped it would be.

If you ever get down this way give us a call and we'll do the town.

Here's the story I published on it in today's issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter. I'll do another one for Guns & Shooting that will be geared more specifically to other hunters as well, and send that along when I get it done..

Thanks again. It was the experience of a lifetime, and well worth every penny!

Mike Hudson
Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Testimonial from Don hunting with us during the 2007 Season of Maine Black Bear Hunting

Dear Steve and Brenda, I want to thank you for a great experience on my black bear hunt! I had a most wonderful time , that I will never forget. The bear meat tastes great. I want to thank you for getting me in touch with your taxidermist, Frank Cupero, his work is excellent. I got my mount back already and I cant believe how real it appears. Once again, Iwant to thank you for your friendship and caring while I was there , Trevor, Lee and Kurt are guides to be proud of . Thank you, Don.

Testimonial from a Maine Black Bear - Father and Son

"...I wish every parent who hunts with their child could experience what we did. Hunting is what brought us to Spruce Mountain Lodge but you and the staff is what makes it special..." read full letter "

Maine Black Bear Hunting Testimonial


Thank you so much for a great hunting trip. Your dogs are fantastic. I know it was your experience and hunting knowledge that resulted in Tim and I getting our bears. The family atmosphere and friendliness of everyone involved in the hunt was a bonus, especially for our wives.

Thank you again."

Testimonial From the 2007 Season of Maine Black Bear Hunting

Hi Brenda. Just wanted to say thanks for yet another GREAT season of hunting with you guys. 2 years in a row Steve has put 3 shot oppurtunities in front of us. Again. I can't say enough good things about him. I couldn't ask for more! And of course Kirk and Lee are turning out to be extraordinary guides. They were great last year, but they have come such a long way in so little time. They both are very knowledgeable and are assets to the camp. I hope the rest of your season goes good and hopefully we will be back next year. I attached some pictures of the bears we shot over the years in case you wanted to put them in the photo albums at the camp and/or on the website. Again, thanks for another great hunt and we will see you guys again. Tell everyone we said hi and thanks.

Mike Pelletier

Testimonial From the 2004 Season of Maine Black Bear Hunting

Staale V. Rasmussen, Haugesund, Norway:

I was here with 3 good friends. Monday morning Bjarne did get his bear after a good dog chase. Next day the Boss, Johan did get his. 3 bear in Maine. So Wednesday, it was my time to go to the fire. I was guided by the best guide in Maine, Mr. Steve Cole. After 2 hours dog chase, Mr. Cole told me to be ready, because down the road there should come out a bear. 2 seconds later, BOOOOM I have fired my shot. We start running down the road, and what a bear. It was a beautiful 429-lb. male bear. You would see in the photo book a photo of a Big Guy and a Big Big Big Bear, that's me. Sorry my English, I'm from Norway.


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