Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Legislature overrides LePage Vetoes of Two Important Hunting Bills

Great news! The House and Senate over-rode both of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes of important hunting bills. Both bills were supported by his Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. One bill reduces the penalty for hunting deer over bait. Last year the legislature passed a bill that called for a one year suspension of the […]

Warden Service expands landowner relations program

This is great news. The Maine Warden Service has doubled its landowner relations staff, adding Corporal Dave Chabot of Greene. For several years now, Corporal Rick LaFlamme has been the running this program alone, although all game wardens practice good landowner relations. Rick has done a great job, but there is a lot more the […]

Baxter Park protected fish long before the state did

As a longtime advocate for protection of our native brook trout, a fight that is ongoing, I was interested to come across a copy of an article in a 1975 edition of DIFW’s magazine. Longtime DIFW fisheries biologist Paul Johnson wrote the article about Baxter Park’s fisheries management. He noted that “all of the fish […]

Fisheries Group Tackles Heritage Law Changes

DIFW’s fisheries working group dived into the many issues of Maine’s Heritage waters where native brook trout and charr are protected, at the group’s meeting on March 13. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s fisheries division director, chairs the meetings and leads the discussion. A few weeks ago Francis made some important promises to the legislature’s Inland Fisheries […]

DIFW Finally Promises To Protect Trout Tributaries

After resisting requests that tributaries to our Heritage waters be protected, DIFW Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam told members of the legislature that his agency will do that. This has been a long and sometimes ugly battle, but I am delighted that the department is now on board with those of us who have advocated for […]