ATV Speed Bill Voted Down

On Monday the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted unanimously against a bill that would have limited ATV riders to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of a stream, pond, or lake.

Supporters of the bill argued that it would reduce erosion, while opponents claimed there was not enough law enforcement for this and sometimes riders don’t know how close they are to water bodies.

The committee also heard 4 bills, including one that would set up a system that could limit access – particularly for fishing tournaments – in lakes with invasive plants. Another bill would expand youth hunting days.

The Fish and Wildlife Department supported a bill that would allow super pack license holders who purchase an any-deer permit to also get a second permit in the any-deer lotteries.

Today (March 6) the committee will host hearings starting at 9 am on four bills, including one to increase compensation for registration stations for bear, deer, moose, and turkeys. Another would legalize the use of supplemental minerals to assist with wildlife nutrition.



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.