Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Hearings scheduled on fish and wildlife legislation

The legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled hearings on eight bills on February 4 and 6. You can access these bills and read the details on the legislature’s website. You can also listen to the hearings online, through the legislature’s website. On February 4 at 1 pm, these are the bills that […]

Great interview with former DIFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock

Scott Milewski of Augusta has started a great website with podcasts of interviews with Mainers throughout the state. Scott spent several hours at my house for one of his first podcasts. It was really more of a conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed. I really like Scott’s focus on family stories, as he dives into each […]

ATV, snowmobile, and watercraft legislation

Here’s the titles and sponsors of legislation on ATVs, snowmobiles, and watercraft. ATVS Pres. Troy Jackson of Aroostook – Title: An Act To Allow All-terrain Vehicles To Be Used on a Public Way Rep. Thomas Skolfield of Weld – Title: An Act Regarding All-terrain Vehicle Registration Fees Rep. Danny Martin of Sinclair – Title: An […]

SAM Proposes Seven Legislative Bills

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has proposed seven legislative bills governing turkeys, bears, shooting ranges, hunting near hiking trails, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and sales taxes. I read about these bills in the January/February SAM News. Here is a summary of their bills. Turkeys SAM’s bill would expand the fall turkey hunt to match […]

More hunting and trapping legislation

Want to hunt with a handgun?  Improve landowner relations? Here are a few more legislative bills of interest. Title: An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Patrick Corey of Windham Title: An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Dennis  Keschl of Belgrade Title: Resolve, To Enhance […]

Judy Camuso and four bills debated on January 30

            Judy Camuso’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for 9 AM on January 30 by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee at the legislature. Following Judy’s hearing the committee will hear testimony on four legislative bills.             I expect Judy’s hearing may go on for a while because there are a lot of people very enthusiastic […]

Legislation introduced to allow Sunday hunting and a spring bear season

Many legislative proposals are not new. This session, legislators will again debate Sunday hunting and a spring bear hunt, both of which are guaranteed to lose. Here are more legislative titles and sponsors of hunting bills. Title: An Act To Start a Spring Bear Hunting Season – Rep. Peter Lyford of Eddington Title: An Act […]

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 […]

IFW Committee Has Lots Of New Members

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee has 9 new members, although several are experienced legislators. Included on that very-experienced list are Senators Paul Davis and Representatives John Martin and Danny Martin. Danny Martin was IFW Commissioner for Governor John Baldacci. The committee also has new chairs, Senator Jim Dill and Representative Catherine Nadeau. Nadeau […]