Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Fisheries Group Reviews Disappointing Legislative Work Session

“The committee is sometimes confused,” said Francis Brautigam, speaking on February 16 to his fisheries working group about the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. Francis was deeply upset about the February 6 IFW Committee work session on expanding protection for our native brook trout. I reported on that work session in this column on […]

Great project working to remove barriers to fish spawning grounds

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has awarded a grant to Maine Audubon’s important project to remove barriers that prevent fish from moving up and down streams and getting to their spawning grounds. Maine Audubon, partnering with The Nature Conservancy, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and support from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and […]

Please help us keep Maine clean

I hope you will join us in a project called Keep Maine Clean, created to remove litter from our waterways, woods, and roadsides. A couple years ago the legislature, in response to legislation I proposed, expanded the landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, by including the Keep Maine Clean project. […]

Constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing rejected

The Maine Constitution will not be amended to include a right to hunt and fish. This proposed Constitutional amendment was championed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association. At a work session on the proposed amendment last Thursday, the legislature’s IFW Committee rejected the amendment by a vote of 9 to […]

Legislature fishes for brook trout protection

On Tuesday (February 6), the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee will tackle the issue of adding new protections for our native brook trout. Last year in response to a bill that Representative Russell Black sponsored my request, the department promised the IFW committee that it would work to achieve the goals of that bill, including […]

Anglers break more laws than hunters

In the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, Maine game wardens gave more citations to anglers than to hunters. Anglers received a total of 4,192 citations while hunters received 2,869. More than half of the citations given to anglers were for fishing without a license. Here is how the citations broke out: 2,338 Fishing without a […]

Biggest law breakers are ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters

During the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, game wardens gave more citations to ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters than any other outdoor group. ATV riders were the worst law breakers, getting a total of 4,863 citations for violating Maine’s laws. Those citations broke out this way: 1,921 Operating unregistered ATV 1,229 Operating ATV on public […]