Landowner Relations Program may expand, thanks to legislature

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With a couple of significant changes, legislation to expand the landowner relations program at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife won a nearly unanimous vote of support from the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on May 14. Rep. Ellie Espling sponsored the bill at my request and worked closely with me throughout the […]

Deer harvest remains steady but permits getting slashed

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Maine hunters harvested 22,490 deer in 2014, about the same number as the previous year, but any deer permits for 2015 will nevertheless be slashed by 23 percent. Kyle Ravana, the lead deer biologist for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said, “By decreasing the number of any deer permits available, we can offset […]

Forest Director speaks out on forest harvesting and recreation issues

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Doug Denico is a long-time friend of mine. You need to know that before proceeding to read this outdoor news column. Doug, the Director of the Bureau of Forestry at Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, has been under fire lately, mostly because of Governor Paul LePage’s decision to hold up funding for Land […]