Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Maine ought to have a comprehensive hunting/fishing license

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Last legislative session, Representative Mike Shaw sponsored my proposal to create a comprehensive hunting license for those of us who are frustrated and tired of having to purchase multiple permits to hunt our favorite species. I was also looking for a way to encourage more hunters to hunt species other than deer – turkeys, for […]

Here’s what they hope to accomplish with new big game plans

The “expected outcomes” for Maine’s new big game management plans are ambitious, to say the least. A draft of these outcomes was distributed to DIF&W’s Big Game Management Steering Committee at its January 5 meeting, and Nate Webb, DIF&W’s staffer who is directing this process, provided me with a copy. I think you will find […]

New Big Game Plans Draw Plenty of Questions

The Big Game Steering Committee is really engaged in the creation of new management plans for moose, deer, bears, and turkeys. At the committee meeting on January 5, members asked many questions of the professional staff of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and provided them with lots of advice. The committee and agency […]

Mainers are very happy with the management of fish and wildlife

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Responsive Management, a national firm that has worked on hunting and fishing research and initiatives in all 50 states, was retained a year ago by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to research the attitudes of Mainers about the agency and its management of big game and freshwater fisheries. DIF&W is using that information […]

Native Brook Trout Protection may be Extended by the Legislature

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Representative Russell Black has sponsored two of my fisheries bills. One would extend protective regulations for native and wild brook trout from lakes and ponds to tributaries where they spawn. The second would assure that all waters that qualify for the state’s Heritage Fish list get put on that list. I’ll have a lot more […]