Can you tell me if your hunting with a outfitter or over existing baits? The town of Merrill should be a good bet seeing it is just south of Houlton on Rt2. 250 people reside in Merrill so one could say that there should be plenty of woods.
It is a friends hunting camp that is there. They dont bait for the bears, they generally deer hunt. He said they see a fair amount of bear sign but he has never really tried to hunt them. Any help would be great, and tips of course would be welcome.
If your plan is to hunt bears without baiting it can be done. Now just because bear sign is being seen that does not mean that durring the bear season that is a great place to hunt. Bears are ruled by their stomach so you need to figure out what they are eating during the time you plan to hunt. Beachnuts on a year they produce well are a good bet. That will involve you knowing the lay of the land and if there are any beach nuts on it. Other mast crops like apples and blackberries are good but unless you have them in some quanity the bears can hit them and wipe them out as soon as they are ripe.
Good Luck. I'm seeing if I can't work out a trip back up to Aroostook County and tag a bear this fall.
I will try to get more information. I do remember him talking about the bears throw up apples, and you can find this pretty easily. I did not know that bears did this. Is this common? Thanks for all help to this point.
Are you sure this is thrown up apples? I have seen where a bear heading north left a huge pile of apples that exited the south end. This looked as fresh as all get out but my buddy wouldn't taste them.. What I am saying is a bear is a pig, they eat alot and don't digest it. If it is vomit, its due to having bears compete for food, so a bear consumes as much as possible, then vomits and continues to eat.