Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Revered fisheries biologist knew we needed to protect our streams and native trout

After fighting for the last two years for protection of the tributaries to our Heritage ponds, where our native brook trout are protected, I was delighted to read that revered DIFW fisheries biologist Roger Auclair recognized this need long ago. Roger’s widow, Suzanna Auclair, writes a monthly column for Northwoods Sporting Journal, and often shares […]

Legislature acts on noise suppression devices and nonresident deer hunter

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife unanimously endorsed two interesting bills this week. LD 1823 will assure the continuation of the law that allows nonresident hunters who own more than 25 acres, and allow us to hunt there, to join us in hunting on the opening day of the firearms season on deer. Nonresident hunters […]

Fisheries Group Reviews Disappointing Legislative Work Session

“The committee is sometimes confused,” said Francis Brautigam, speaking on February 16 to his fisheries working group about the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. Francis was deeply upset about the February 6 IFW Committee work session on expanding protection for our native brook trout. I reported on that work session in this column on […]

Great project working to remove barriers to fish spawning grounds

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has awarded a grant to Maine Audubon’s important project to remove barriers that prevent fish from moving up and down streams and getting to their spawning grounds. Maine Audubon, partnering with The Nature Conservancy, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and support from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and […]

Please help us keep Maine clean

I hope you will join us in a project called Keep Maine Clean, created to remove litter from our waterways, woods, and roadsides. A couple years ago the legislature, in response to legislation I proposed, expanded the landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, by including the Keep Maine Clean project. […]

Constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing rejected

The Maine Constitution will not be amended to include a right to hunt and fish. This proposed Constitutional amendment was championed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association. At a work session on the proposed amendment last Thursday, the legislature’s IFW Committee rejected the amendment by a vote of 9 to […]