Monroe uses a couple of secret scents he mixes himself and dips into a trick bag of tactics to “work” a bear into making daylight raids on a bait pile. “A lot of it is trying to convince the bear there’s competition on the bait,” Monroe says. “Because if he’s got competition, he’s got a tendency to visit more. He doesn’t want another bear in the area; he going to try to push him off.”
Hunter and Army Captain, Matt Knox, spent four uneventful days in the woods on his first ever bear hunt. Finally, a monstrous black bear walked by and he tagged it. Little did he know a little beginner's luck, and some good shooting, would yield a new state-record, 699-pound bear in Maine. Click through to see photos of the monster bruin and to read Knox's story.