Legislature tackles everything from ice fishing to turkey hunting

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will be busy this session. I’m writing a series of columns about all the bills of interest to sportsmen and women.

While we await details of these bills, we can guess from the titles what is being proposed. Here are some more titles and sponsors. Many of these are not new ideas.

And Senator Shenna Bellows turkey bill includes some of my suggestions.

Title: An Act To Move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Rep. Thomas Scolfield of Weld

Title: An Act To Require the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Implement a Firearm Safety and Firearm Violence Prevention Program – Rep. Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford

Title: An Act To Modify Maine’s Ice Fishing Laws – Rep. Chad Grignon of Athens

Title: An Act To Decrease the Risk of the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants from Fishing Tournaments – Rep. Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford

Title: An Act To Require Freshwater Hooks and Lures To Be Biodegradable – Sen. Paul Davis, Sr. of Piscataquis

Title: An Act To Reduce the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants by Prohibiting Seine Fishing on Great Ponds – Rep. Walter Riseman of Harrison

Title: An Act To Decriminalize Certain Fish and Game Violations – Sen. Michael Carpenter of Aroostook

Title: An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting – Sen. Shenna Bellows of Kennebec

Title: An Act To Change the Bag Limits on Wild Turkey – Sen. Dave Miramant of Knox

Title: An Act To Exempt Retired Members of the United States Armed Forces from the Hunter Safety Course Requirement for Hunting Licenses – Rep. Amy Arata of New Gloucester

Title: An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime License – Rep. Thomas Martin of Greene




George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.