This season marked Matt Knox’s first time hunting for black bear. After trying his patience in a stand for six days, he finally harvested one. Little did he know this giant black bear would beat the Maine state record set in 1993 by 19 pounds.
Knox, an Army veteran of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, booked a hunt through Grand Slam Guide Service located in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine. Grand Slam’s guides Jim Webber and Steve Monroe plant bait in undisclosed locations where the hunt takes place.
In a phone interview with Outdoor Hub, Monroe chuckled a bit when I asked him what bait he uses. Laughing, he said he wouldn’t divulge his secret formula, but he told me he baits with four ingredients. Doughnuts, a special grease and two other secret ingredients.