Category Archives: Legislative News

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 […]

Legislature debating DIF&W’s marketing and communications needs

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On March 3, I posted a column about communications and marketing at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You should read that column before you read this one. After the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee heard the recommendations from national experts Mark Duda and Jodi Valenta that would improve communications and marketing at […]

Will the legislature improve DIF&W’s communications and marketing? Probably not!

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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. Luckily, they’ve been handed a road map to achieve those goals. And the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spent an afternoon recently hearing about that road map. Bonnie Holding, DIF&W Director of […]

Nonresident landowners may join residents on opening day of the deer hunt

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Representative Bob Duchesne summed it up nicely, saying, “I feel if you have a property tax paying stake here, you should be able to hunt on opening day.” And all but one member (Rep. Peter Lyford) of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee agreed with Bob, who is House Chair of that committee. After […]