Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Lots of opinions shared in Sportsmen Say Surveys

The opinions expressed in my Sportsmen Say Surveys are always interesting. I dedicated the survey to Gene Letourneau, whose Sportsmen Say columns appeared every day for 50 years in the newspapers of central and southern Maine. Sadly, we don’t get coverage and reporting like that anymore. Gene was an inspiration to many of us. He […]

Fish hatchery study wins support at legislature

“We could help DIF&W reduce their hatchery costs. I believe their technology is outdated.” Those were the words of Sebastian Belle, testifying in favor of LD 471, my bill that would create a Hatchery Commission to study DIF&W’s fish production facilities and issue recommendations next year. Representative Jared Golden sponsored my bill and delivered excellent […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maine aggressively fights invasive plants but not fish and wildlife.

Maine is aggressively fighting invasive plants and insects, but not wild animals and fish, like this northern pike. And I think that’s too bad. This recent quote from Doug Denico, Director of Maine’s Forestry Bureau, got my attention: “The Maine Forest Service, Public Lands and the Natural Areas Program have joined with the Bureau of […]

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 […]