Category Archives: Hunting

Reducing deer to less than 10/square mile limits Lyme disease

The April issue of the newsletter of the Maine Woodland Owners includes an important article on deer, ticks, and Lyme disease, written by Peter Rand, MD, and Charles Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist. The writers are associated with the Vector-borne Disease Laboratory of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough. Among the interesting information presented was […]

Maine’s hunting and other laws are complex, often amusing, and sometimes confusing

It takes 462 pages to give us all of Maine’s laws governing hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor fun. I just finished reading through the law book and found some very interesting things that I will share with you. But first, it’s what I didn’t find that puzzled me. Last year I wrote a series […]

Anti-trapping and anti-hunting groups lose Lynx lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy has ruled against a lawsuit that sought to revoke the incidental take permits that protect trappers from prosecution under the Endangered Species Act if they accidentally capture a Canadian lynx, now on the ESA protected list. Judge Levy granted a motion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for […]

From deer antler restrictions to life jackets, lots of bills are ready for action

Nearly 1/3 of the legislature’s 1900 bills have been drafted, and there are lots of outdoor issues on the agenda for hearings in the next month or so. Here are a few of the more interesting bills for those of us who enjoy the outdoors in Maine. LD 61, sponsored by Rep. McCrea of Fort […]

My father’s wisdom on Sunday hunting, moose, beaver and more

My Dad, Ezra Smith, was a life-long sportsmen with strong opinions on fish and wildlife issues which he often shared in letters to the editor of our state’s newspapers. From time to time I like to share Dad’s thoughts with you. They are often remarkably timely. Here are a few. Sunday Hunting The recent news […]

Legislature considers bill to simplify fishing rules

My proposal to establish a commission to simplify Maine’s complicated fishing rules is scheduled for a public hearing by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday, February 14, at 1 pm in Room 206 of the Cross Building next to the Capitol. LD 187, sponsored by Representative Michelle Dunphy of Old Town, would […]