The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife unanimously endorsed two interesting bills this week.
LD 1823 will assure the continuation of the law that allows nonresident hunters who own more than 25 acres, and allow us to hunt there, to join us in hunting on the opening day of the firearms season on deer.
Nonresident hunters are not allowed to hunt on opening day, with the exception of these landowners.
I told the committee of my frustration that my son, who lives in Massachusetts, cannot hunt with me that day, and suggested that we ought to at least allow nonresident family members to hunt with us on opening day.
The second bill, LD 1824, extends the authority of hunters to use noise suppression devices, with a permit. That opportunity was set to expire. Tim Peabody of DIFW, supported the bill and told the committee that approximately 180 people have gotten permits to use suppressors while hunting. Tim also said they had received no complaints about this.
Both bills now go to the House and Senate for votes, and then to the governor for his approval.