Category Archives: Legislative News

Public Lands Commission slams the door on Governor’s demands

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The legislature’s Public Lands Commission has slammed the door on Governor Paul LePage’s demand that revenue in the Public Lands Bureau be diverted to purchase wood stoves for poor Mainers and other purposes. At the Commission’s Tuesday meeting, not a single voice was raised to support the governor on this issue. Commission Chair, Senator Tom […]

You better pay attention to these new hunting and fishing laws!

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While you may think the legislature didn’t accomplish much this year, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee churned out a whole lot of work, resulting in dozens of law changes that govern our favorite outdoor pursuits. Thankfully, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has provided us with a summary of all those law changes. […]

Fish and Wildlife Department complains about nuisance wildlife, fish hatcheries, and other problems

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During this year’s budget process at the legislature, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife presented a memo of “Alternatives/Discussion Items” that cited a number of serious problems the agency is facing. Here are some of the more interesting issues, along with suggestions the agency offered to deal with the problems. Fisheries DIF&W reported that […]

Surprising opinions expressed on outdoor issues from moose to brook trout


Moose and private land access have been major issues this year for readers of this outdoor news column, and it’s time to share with you the views of readers on these and a few other important issues including brook trout. The Sportsmen Say Survey on my website,, is sponsored by Moody’s Collision Centers and […]

How should increased revenue at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife be spent?

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Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, ATV registrations and the moose lottery increased this year by nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($700,250). Hunting and fishing combination license revenue was up 6% over last year, an increase of $222,443.  Fishing license revenue is up by 7% […]

These six House Republicans changed their votes and killed the Land for Maine’s Future Projects

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  Many readers asked for the names of the six House Republicans who changed their votes and killed Senator Roger Katz’s bill yesterday that would have allowed the Land for Maine’s Future bonds to be sold without the Governor’s approval. And now I’m going to give you those names. These House members initially voted for […]