Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Turkey hunting changes coming

Significant changes are coming to increase the number of turkey hunters and the number of turkeys harvested. The legislature’s IFW Committee spent a lot of time yesterday talking about this. The discussion started with a hearing on LD 1124, An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting, sponsored by Senator Shenna Bellows, who worked with me on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

More youth deer hunting days voted down

On Wednesday, the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee unanimously opposed a bill that would have increased youth deer hunting days to 3. Action was postponed on a bill to allow a person to place supplemental minerals for deer from March 1st to July 31st if the supplemental minerals are placed on that person’s own […]

ATV Speed Bill Voted Down

On Monday the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted unanimously against a bill that would have limited ATV riders to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of a stream, pond, or lake. Supporters of the bill argued that it would reduce erosion, while opponents claimed there was not enough law enforcement for this and […]