Category Archives: Legislative News

Endangered Species getting a boost

The legislature is working to strengthen our protection of endangered species. The bill expands the authority of game wardens to cite people who violate the protective laws for endangered and threatened species, and increases penalties for violations. Here is a report on this bill from Maine Audubon. This is great news! A unanimous Committee Report […]

Legislature punts on bear bag limits and seasons

A bill giving DIF&W authority to establish bear seasons and bag limits drew a lengthy debate at the legislature’s IFW Committee. The bill got lots of discussion and debate. Rep John Martin expressed concern that, if the committee gave the department this authority, including the possibility that bear trapping would be expanded, it would provoke […]

Outdoor Heritage Fund Changes Proposed

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine proposed significant changes in the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, in a bill sponsored for SAM by Senator Russell Black. SAM’s proposal would limit to 20% the amount of funding state agencies could receive from MOHF, and forbid commissioners who are on the MOHF Board to vote on their agency’s projects. […]

Turkey hunting changes coming

Significant changes are coming to increase the number of turkey hunters and the number of turkeys harvested. The legislature’s IFW Committee spent a lot of time yesterday talking about this. The discussion started with a hearing on LD 1124, An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting, sponsored by Senator Shenna Bellows, who worked with me on […]

Ice fishing, ATVS and boats debated at legislature

Last week the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee acted on several bills. The committee had a public hearing and work session immediately after on a bill giving DIF&W’s commissioner authority to extend the ice fishing season. This bill was presented by Rep. John Martin on behalf of the governor. DIF&W Commissioner Judy Camuso testified for […]

ATVs, Handguns, Deer, Turkeys and more debated at legislature

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee always has a bunch of interesting bills and issues to debate. Yesterday was typical, with issues ranging from ATVs to handguns to deer and turkey hunts. Here’s what happened. Two bills that would limit the size of ATVs allowed on trails were heard. One bill would also increase […]