In divided votes, the following moose bills were rejected by the committee:
A bill to double the number of moose permits auctioned by DIF&W for conservation camp scholarships for kids from 10 to 20;
A bill to allow those who trade permits to include, in the transaction, some cash payment.
On the other hand, the committee endorsed some changes, including these:
A bill that allows kids under 8 years of age to apply for moose permits and accrue points, but not win a permit.
A bill to give moose permits to hunters ages 65 and older who have accumulated at least 30 points in the lottery.
Hearings on these bills were entertaining. I particularly liked this comment from Senator Paul Davis who sponsored one of the bills: “I shot more moose than anyone in this room. As a state trooper I shot them in the head.” Paul was referring to moose that had been run down by motor vehicles. He also said he’d never applied for a moose hunting permit!
Don Kleiner of the Maine Professional Guides Association testified that, “a moose hunt is the hunt of a lifetime and the hunter should be old enough to remember it.”