Category Archives: Trapping

Bear Food Study Canceled

Maine’s bear population has increased significantly in the last few years and is now estimated to be 35,000. The Fish and Wildlife Department considered several strategies to increase the annual harvest, and discussed them with the legislatures Fish and Wildlife Committee, but any decision was postponed until next year. The research has become important because […]

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 […]

More hunting and trapping legislation

Want to hunt with a handgun?  Improve landowner relations? Here are a few more legislative bills of interest. Title: An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Patrick Corey of Windham Title: An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Dennis  Keschl of Belgrade Title: Resolve, To Enhance […]

Better check out these new rules from DIF&W

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has issued lots of new rule proposals governing everything from falconry to hunting and trapping. This is really a comprehensive reorganization of the rules, with changes mixed in. You’ll want to read the entire proposal. Hunters should definitely read through the hunting rules that cover all types of […]

New rules for bear trapping and moose and goose hunting

  The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council adopted a last-minute rule significantly changing the way traps can be set for bears. DIFW noted that the purpose of this rule is to limit bear trapping methods that may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx. More specifically, the rule prohibits placing bait and/or lures below […]