Category Archives: Legislative News

You’ll continue to be nickeled and dimed to hunt in Maine

My second attempt to create an affordable comprehensive hunting license crashed at the legislature yesterday after the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife opposed it. Although it has not yet been scheduled for a work session by the legislature’s IFW Committee, it is very unlikely to win the committee’s support. DIF&W has opposed most bills […]

Lots of support for expanding brook trout protection

A group of outstanding anglers stepped up to encourage the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee to expand protection of our native brook trout last Thursday. The public hearing on LD 1136 lasted until 7 pm last Thursday night, and with the exception of the testimony against the bill by DIF&W, all of the testimony […]

No more money needed to save Maine’s moose

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee unanimously killed my proposed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Peter Lyford, to direct more money to initiatives to save Maine’s moose herd. And I can’t really blame them, because the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department told the committee it didn’t need more money for moose research and management. Several […]

Deer feeding, baiting, antler restrictions, and more debated at legislature

It was Mike Look Day at the IFW Committee last Thursday. Mike’s a Washington County sportsman activist, known principally for his advocacy of antler restrictions on deer. Mike is President of the Downeast Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. And even though the committee had already heard one bill on antler restrictions, they hosted […]

Moose bills get some traction at legislature

Members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department have sent us mixed messages on the many moose hunting bills considered this session. In divided votes, the following moose bills were rejected by the committee: A bill to double the number of moose permits auctioned by DIF&W for conservation camp scholarships for kids from 10 […]

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 […]

Nonresident moose permits may go to sporting camps

Maine sporting camps and outfitters may get 20% of the moose hunting permits currently going to nonresidents in the annual drawing. The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife endorsed a bill to give 20 percent of the nonresident moose permits to outfitters and sporting camps licensed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Resources in a […]