Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is not an easy place to hunt. It is relatively inaccessible. It can be hunted on foot only. And the thick terrain can make finding game difficult. All three Maine big-game species – white-tailed deer, black bear and moose – are found at the refuge. The state has a lower deer density than many states, but white-tailed deer remain the most popular game at the refuge. The most successful hunters hunt slowly through an area or set up a stand along known deer paths. Black bears are plentiful and may be hunted during the regular state season. Hunters may use hounds, but bears may not be baited or trapped at the refuge. Maine has one of the largest moose populations in the world, and the refuge is an excellent place to hunt them. Because the refuge is restricted to foot access, hunters experience solitude and wilderness.