Category Archives: Legislative News

Why did the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department fail to support stream crossings bond issue?

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It’s a mystery to me. An important bond issue to raise more money for improving stream crossings failed to draw the support of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Yet in an April 11 edition of the agency’s newsletter, there’s a great article on the importance of improving our stream crossings. When I asked […]

Lots of disappointment for sportsmen at this year’s legislative session

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I guess it was to be expected, in the most dysfunctional and ugly legislative session I’ve ever experienced, that little was accomplished on outdoor issues. This is particularly disappointing given the excellent collaborative work of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Senator Paul Davis and Representative Bob Duchesne. In the good old […]

Legislature set to turn its back on Maine’s struggling outdoor industry

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Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife must improve its communications with sportsmen, landowners, and the general public, and reinstate its marketing program. Our outdoor industry desperately needs DIF&W’s partnership and a bill endorsed unanimously by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee would get that partnership started. The bill, which reestablishes a marketing position […]

Hunting, fishing, and trapping get a boost from the legislature

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The legislature has added 19 important words to the mission of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department that significantly strengthens the role that hunting, fishing, and trapping plays in the management of Maine’s fish and wildlife. In mid-March I told you this story, which began with a proposal from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine designed […]

Legislature refuses to give Second District residents a say in what gets on the ballot.

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Fifty two members of Maine’s House of Representatives have slammed the door on residents of Maine’s Second Congressional District, refusing to support a Constitutional amendment giving them a say in what gets on the ballot. Groups representing sportsmen and women have been advocating for a Constitutional Amendment requiring that the number of signatures obtained by […]

Legislature acts to strengthen hunting, fishing, and trapping

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The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee voted unanimously yesterday to strengthen the language in the Fish and Wildlife’s mission statement. It’s been a long road getting here, especially considering that the amended version of LD 1593 contains only 19 words. But those 19 words are important. This story begins with a proposal from the […]