Deer, bear, and moose legislation introduced

Deer, bear, and moose will all be debated at the legislature this session. Everything from deer baiting to the use of crossbows will be discussed. Here are some of the bill titles and sponsors.

Title: An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the Authority To Adjust the Black Bear Hunting Season and Bag Limit – Sen. Paul Davis, Sr. of Piscataquis

Title: An Act To Allow Baiting of Deer – Sen. Paul Davis, Sr. of Piscataquis

Title: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Funding Sources of the Maine Controlled Moose Hunt Season – Rep. Trey Stewart of Presque Isle

Title: An Act Regarding Moose Permit Subpermittees – Rep. Richard Pickett of Dixfield

Title: An Act To Expand Maine’s Moose Lottery To Benefit Wounded Warriors – Pres. Troy Jackson of Aroostook

Title: An Act To Allow the Use of Crossbows during the Archery Season on Deer – Rep. Tim Theriault of China

Title: An Act To Provide Antlerless Deer Permits to Senior Resident Lifetime Hunting License Holders – Rep. Sharm Hutchins of Penobscot

Title: An Act To Fairly Compensate Registration Stations for Bear, Deer and Turkey – Rep. Heidi Sampson of Alfred

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.