Both the House and the Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of a moose bill, so it will become law. The bill had won the support of the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee, after a lengthy discussion, and was enacted by the House and Senate before the Governor vetoed it.
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 our lodges, many of which are very challenged these days, especially if they are only focused on hunting and fishing.
However, taking those permits away from nonresidents significantly limited the benefits for guides and lodges.
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, something we should all be concerned about.