Four fish and wildlife bills carried over to next year

The legislature carried four fish and wildlife bills over to the 2018 legislative session.

LD 768 would establish a comprehensive fishing and hunting license, for those like me who dislike constantly having to purchase special permits for everything from turkey hunting to muzzleloading for deer.

LD 1236 would add protections to our Heritage Water’s native trout, and was carried over to give DIF&W a chance to fulfill their promise to do this before the next legislative session.


LD 11, a Constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing

LD 630, an Act To Prohibit Third Parties from Facilitating Transfers of Moose Permits for Consideration (money).

Any new legislative bills next year can only be considered with the approval of the legislative leadership, so it could be a very easy session for members of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

Other committees have many more bills carried over.

Next week I’ll tell you about all the fish and wildlife laws and law changes that were enacted this year.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.