Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Fish and Wildlife Department may get authority over turkey bag limits and seasons

Turkey bag limits and seasons are set in law, but that may change. My turkey bill, LD 98, was amended by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife yesterday to give the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife full authority to set bag limits and seasons, including the opportunity to schedule special hunts where turkeys are […]

At the legislature, landowners urge us to kill more turkeys

My turkey bill got plenty of support at yesterday’s public hearing before the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. And the committee will quickly get to work on the bill on Thursday. The bill would eliminate the permit requirement and fee, allow on-line and phone tagging, and expand the bag limits to three toms in the […]

Are you getting “ticked” off by high populations of deer?

Lyme and other diseases caused by deer ticks provoked a lengthy discussion at the last meeting of the Big Game Steering Committee, a group that is working with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create new 15-year management plans for deer, moose, bear, and turkeys. Tom Doak, the director of the Maine Woodland […]

If you like grouse, you’ll like this information

A 3 year study of Maine’s Ruffed Grouse is delivering a lot of interesting and helpful information. At the recent annual meeting of the Maine Woodland Owners (formerly the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine), Eric Blomberg told us all about their project’s findings to date. Blomberg is a University of Maine at Orono staffer […]

Here’s what they hope to accomplish with new big game plans

The “expected outcomes” for Maine’s new big game management plans are ambitious, to say the least. A draft of these outcomes was distributed to DIF&W’s Big Game Management Steering Committee at its January 5 meeting, and Nate Webb, DIF&W’s staffer who is directing this process, provided me with a copy. I think you will find […]

New Big Game Plans Draw Plenty of Questions

The Big Game Steering Committee is really engaged in the creation of new management plans for moose, deer, bears, and turkeys. At the committee meeting on January 5, members asked many questions of the professional staff of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and provided them with lots of advice. The committee and agency […]