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Hunting in Baxter State Park
Hunting in Baxter State Park

Park donor Percival Baxter designated two areas of the Park as open to general law hunting and trapping with the exception that Moose hunting and hunting over bait is prohibited in Baxter Park. Hunting and trapping are permitted on approximately 25% of the Park. These areas are described in the Park rule below and include all of the Scientific Forest Management Area, about 1,000 acres around Upper and Lower Togue Pond purchased by the Authority in 1993 and over 2,000 acres north of the West Branch of the Penobscot purchased by the Baxter State Park Authority in 1997. Areas open to hunting can be determined on the general Park map

Park Rules 3.1 and 3.2 apply to hunting, please read them carefully. applies to hunting, please read it carefully.

Baxter State Park Announces Change in SFMA Hunting Access.

Hunting and trapping (with the exception of Moose hunting) is permitted on approximately 25% of Baxter State Park.

The majority of hunting takes place in the Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area (SFMA) located in the northwest corner of the Park. The Scientific Forest Management Area (SFMA) has been popular with hunters for many years. Public access to the SFMA is via the Telos Road and private logging roads managed under the North Maine Woods system. Access is also available on the one mile segment of the Park Tote Road between Trout Brook Crossing and Wadleigh Brook.

The Park has maintained administrative access to the SFMA road system from the Park Tote Road since 2005. This year, the Baxter State Park Authority will be initiating a trial change in access to the SFMA to provide reasonable SFMA access to hunters entering the Park through Matagamon Gate.

On or before October 1, 2011, the gates on the Lynx Road will be opened to public access. The Lynx Road is located on the Park Tote Road between Trout Brook Crossing and Wadleigh Brook and connects the Park Tote Road to the Wadleigh Brook Road in the SFMA. This access will include approximately four miles of the Wadleigh Mountain Road back to a newly installed gate at the junction of the Wadleigh Mountain Road and the Frost Pond Road. Hunters accessing the SFMA via the Telos Road and Useless Roads (private) will have access on the Wadleigh Mountain Road east to the Frost Pond Road junction.

This change in access will be in place for a two year trial period though 2012, when the Baxter State Park Authority will consider the impacts of this change and options for future management.

Maps detailing this change Get Adobe Reader.

If you have any questions, please contact the Park’s Resource Manager, Rick Morrill or Chief Ranger Ben Woodard at Park Headquarters, 207-723-9616.

Hunters in the SFMA often utilize the management road system to walk to favorite areas and use small wheeled carts or sleds (with snow cover) to transport deer back to the vehicle. The southern portions of the SFMA in Township 6, Range 9 between Trout Brook Crossing and Wadleigh Brook can be accessed through Matagamon Gate. Park Gatehouses are operated through the hunting season to the end of November. For questions regarding hunting in the Park, contact Park Headquarters