Category Archives: Wildlife

February 28 legislative hearings feature exotic animals, fish hatcheries, and more

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The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will host public hearings on three of my bills on Tuesday, February 28, along with three other bills. LD 305, my exotic animals bill, is sponsored by IFW Committee chair, Senator Scott Cyrway of Kennebec Country, and promises to draw a substantial crowd in opposition. This bill has […]

Anti-trapping and anti-hunting groups lose Lynx lawsuit

Canadian lynx

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy has ruled against a lawsuit that sought to revoke the incidental take permits that protect trappers from prosecution under the Endangered Species Act if they accidentally capture a Canadian lynx, now on the ESA protected list. Judge Levy granted a motion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for […]

From deer antler restrictions to life jackets, lots of bills are ready for action

Kerri Bickford Capitol one

Nearly 1/3 of the legislature’s 1900 bills have been drafted, and there are lots of outdoor issues on the agenda for hearings in the next month or so. Here are a few of the more interesting bills for those of us who enjoy the outdoors in Maine. LD 61, sponsored by Rep. McCrea of Fort […]

My father’s wisdom on Sunday hunting, moose, beaver and more

Dad's big buck

My Dad, Ezra Smith, was a life-long sportsmen with strong opinions on fish and wildlife issues which he often shared in letters to the editor of our state’s newspapers. From time to time I like to share Dad’s thoughts with you. They are often remarkably timely. Here are a few. Sunday Hunting The recent news […]

Controversial quotes from Maine sportsmen and others

coyote DIF&W photo

For many years I’ve been writing a monthly Quotable Sportsman column for The Maine Sportsman. These quotes are often controversial, usually informative, and sometimes entertaining. Occasionally in this Outdoor News column I’m going to look back and give you some of those quotes. While hunting, fishing, camping and other venerable outdoor recreation activities will continue […]

Fish and Wildlife Department may get authority over turkey bag limits and seasons

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Turkey bag limits and seasons are set in law, but that may change. My turkey bill, LD 98, was amended by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife yesterday to give the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife full authority to set bag limits and seasons, including the opportunity to schedule special hunts where turkeys are […]