Category Archives: Fishing

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. […]

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 […]

Rubber lure ban postponed for a year

Senator Paul Davis’s bill to require rubber lures to be biodegradable was postponed this morning by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, at the request of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, informed the committee that the department would like some time to work on this important […]

Time to stop killing our fish and wildlife with fishing lures

Senator Paul Davis has sponsored legislation to require biodegradable rubber fishing lures for freshwater fishing. His bill will also ban stainless steel hooks. The bill would allow 5 years to achieve his goal. The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will hear the bill on February 27. The hearing starts at 9:15 am. Cameron Patterson, […]