Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Deer feeding ban extended from June 1 to December 15.

The legislature extended the ban on deer feeding, while rejecting a bill to allow hunters to bait deer. And don’t worry, the deer won’t starve because of these actions. LD 767, sponsored by Representative Lance Harvell of Farmington, extended the prohibition on deer feeding. The bill was enacted and signed into law by the governor. […]

Tear down a land posting sign and you’ll lose your hunting and fishing license

The landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife got a major boost this year. LD 1391 nearly tripled the program’s funding, recognizing that this program is critically important to all of us who enjoy recreating on private land. If you need to know why this is so important, please read farmer […]

Fish and Wildlife Department getting authority over turkey bag limits and seasons

If you are out there hunting turkeys, or you are suffering turkey problems, this will interest you. Turkey bag limits and seasons are set in law, but that is changing. My turkey bill, LD 98, was amended by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to give the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife full authority […]

The right to hunt and fish is called barbaric

A proposed Constitutional amendment to “Establish the Right to Hunt and Fish” drew angry testimony from the anti-hunting and anti-trapping crowd. “This bill is barbaric,” testified John Glowa of China, who called LD 11 “the worst piece of legislation I have seen in more than twenty years of coming before this committee, and I have […]

More Sunday hunting bills shot down at the legislature

                A bag limit of Sunday hunting bills got shot down this week by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. The various bills would have: Allowed each Maine town to determine if it wanted to allow Sunday hunting; Allowed bird hunting on Sundays with shotguns only; Allowed Sunday hunting for migratory birds; Allowed Sunday […]

Foraging on private land without permission is illegal

The debate has been brutal. And we’ve learned a lot. Turns out it’s already illegal to forage on private land without permission. So Senator Tom Saviello pulled the bill he sponsored at my request. LD 128 would have required landowner permission before we pick their mushrooms, fiddleheads, or other crops. The bill drew a strong […]