Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Hearings scheduled on fish and wildlife legislation

The legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled hearings on eight bills on February 4 and 6. You can access these bills and read the details on the legislature’s website. You can also listen to the hearings online, through the legislature’s website. On February 4 at 1 pm, these are the bills that […]

SAM Proposes Seven Legislative Bills

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has proposed seven legislative bills governing turkeys, bears, shooting ranges, hunting near hiking trails, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, and sales taxes. I read about these bills in the January/February SAM News. Here is a summary of their bills. Turkeys SAM’s bill would expand the fall turkey hunt to match […]

More hunting and trapping legislation

Want to hunt with a handgun?  Improve landowner relations? Here are a few more legislative bills of interest. Title: An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Patrick Corey of Windham Title: An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program – Rep. Dennis  Keschl of Belgrade Title: Resolve, To Enhance […]

1991 legislature killed these bills

The other night I was reading a July 1991 edition of The Maine Sportsman, when I came across a column from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine listing the legislative bills the group helped to defeat that session. I found this list to be quite interesting and I want to share with you today. Here it […]

My recommendations for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Recommendations for Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife By George Smith, georgesmithmaine@gmail.com Unlock the door In the good old days, anyone could walk into DIF&W and meet with staff. Commissioner Bill Vail’s door was always open. My Dad would go in and visit with Bill from time to time. Today you must check in downstairs, […]

Time to demand public funding for DIFW

It is time to demand public funding for the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, which does a lot for all the citizens of Maine, but gets almost no funding from most Mainers.  Public funding for DIFW should be the top priority in the next legislative session for all of Maine’s groups representing hunters, anglers, conservationists, […]

Has Maine conserved enough land?

            A new task force of 20 diverse groups and individuals is now working on a new conservation plan for Maine. And it’s time for you to let them know your thoughts about this.             Today I’m going to share with you questions they have posed, hoping you will join me in submitting your responses […]