Governor Paul LePage has vetoed a moose bill.
The bill won the support of the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee and was enacted by the House and Senate.
The bill requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to take some moose hunting permits from those that go to nonresidents and issue them to hunting lodges. It’s designed to help save our lodges, many of which are very challenged these days, especially if they are only focused on hunting and fishing.
When I wrote my book on Maine Sporting Camps, published in 2016 by Down East Books, camp owners told me their biggest challenge is the loss of hunters and anglers.
The legislature will reconvene on July 9 and will vote to either sustain the Governor’s veto or override it.