Ice fishing, ATVS and boats debated at legislature

Last week the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee acted on several bills. The committee had a public hearing and work session immediately after on a bill giving DIF&W’s commissioner authority to extend the ice fishing season. This bill was presented by Rep. John Martin on behalf of the governor. DIF&W Commissioner Judy Camuso testified for […]

ATVs, Handguns, Deer, Turkeys and more debated at legislature

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee always has a bunch of interesting bills and issues to debate. Yesterday was typical, with issues ranging from ATVs to handguns to deer and turkey hunts. Here’s what happened. Two bills that would limit the size of ATVs allowed on trails were heard. One bill would also increase […]

The Wickies is wicked good

The Wickies is wicked good. Author Frank Anthony’s novel is a compelling read, with lots of good and bad, laughter and tragedy, murder and mayhem. Every time I figured everything was going to turn out well, another tragedy struck. Yes, this is a page-turner. The good guys are boyhood friends and include two handicapped kids. […]

It took 9 years to get the sportsman’s license plate

Nine years after the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine began advocating for a sportsman’s license plate, the plates were finally approved by the legislature and ready for purchase in 2008. I hope you have these plates on your vehicles. Fifty percent of the money is dedicated to fish hatcheries, 25% to landowner relations, 15% to development […]

Lots of good conservation recommendations

The Land Conservation Task Force has issued a lot of really good recommendations. While their recommendation of a major bond issue to revitalize the Land for Maine’s Future got most of the news coverage, there are lots of other recommendations that are equally important. The Task Force was led by David Trahan of the Sportsman’s […]

Handgun hunting, youth days, moose permits, and more at legislature

Several interesting issues were debated yesterday by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.  Public hearings were held on 5 bills and work sessions on 2 bills. Work Sessions LD 881 would allow the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery. […]